Health

Winning the fresh cow game

Trimming fresh cow losses and reducing treatment costs are crucial steps to winning the tight margins game in which you and everyone in our industry is now engaged. If I can help you with some simple ideas to involve your team of workers to implement a strategy, you can minimize expenses and control involuntary fresh cow cull losses. FULL STORY »

Improving dairy cattle reproduction in hot and humid weather (audio)

Hot and humid weather is hard on pregnant dairy cows. Extension Dairy Specialist George Heersche has some tips on how to care for pregnant dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Ketosis and metritis can flare with rising temperatures

Heat stress can add fuel to the flames when it comes to fresh cow risk factors for metritis. Ketosis is a fresh cow disease that is highly linked to metritis. Around 15 percent of early lactation, at-risk cows have subclinical ketosis in the first week after calving. In addition, cows with ketosis are 13.8 times more likely to develop a displaced abomasum and 1.7 times more likely to be challenged by metritis. Metritis incidence also climbs during periods of heat stress, costing producers between $304 and $354 in lost production and performance per case. FULL STORY »

Expand your dry cow arsenal with vaccination

Arm your cows with protection against E. coli mastitis. FULL STORY »

To treat or not to treat

"TO treat or NOT to treat"... that is the question and a decision that one or more employees makes on your dairy every day. Giving your employees the training and tools to make this decision correctly is crucial not only to the health of the individual cow but also to the profitability of your dairy business. As you know, I'm all about systems. They guide employees to make correct decisions. But for systems to work, employees must thoroughly understand them, be properly trained in them and then be given feedback about how they are doing. You can't develop the system if you don't understand the principles. This month let's talk about the principles behind the decision "should I treat this cow or not?" FULL STORY »

Lameness in dry cows will likely mean ketosis in fresh cows

Ketosis is often a problem in fresh cows. A recently published study shows a strong link to lameness in dry cows. FULL STORY »

Optimal body condition score for dairy cows at calving

A slightly lower body condition score at calving than currently recommended might be optimal to increase feed intake and improve health. FULL STORY »

Comparisons of available on-farm tests for monitoring ketosis in dairy cattle

A guide to selecting the right ketosis monitoring tool for your needs. FULL STORY »

How do I know the prevalence of bovine leukosis in my herd?

Maybe you know that some cows in your herd have been infected with bovine leukemia virus (BLV), but how widespread is it? BLV-infected animals may be less able to mount an immune response to pathogen exposure. FULL STORY »

Transition heat stress

Heat stress on dairy cows is always a concern. It can be extra discomforting to cows “in transition” during those three or so weeks ahead of calving. FULL STORY »

Treatment protocols: Protect yourself and improve animal care

The use of antibiotics and analgesics (pain medication) in the dairy industry is coming under increased scrutiny by regulators. FULL STORY »

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