Management

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 »

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 »

Use care when regrouping dry cows

Canadian researchers recently took at look at the effect of regrouping during the dry period on feeding, social, rumination and lying behavior for cows that were moved to a new pen and cows that remained in their home pen but had new cows introduced. 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 »

Managing lame cows

Lameness is a general term that describes one of five specific causes for animals to have an abnormal walk or gait. Almost all lameness is due to foot rather than leg problems. So it is absolutely essential to pickup and inspect the lame foot to make the correct, specific diagnosis. A specific diagnosis is necessary because treatments differ greatly from one form of lameness to another. It is essential to your overall herd hoof health that lame cows be diagnosed early and treated correctly. FULL STORY »

Salmonella thrives in warm climates

While Salmonella is a major concern for dairies across the country, it is especially challenging for Western and Southern operations, where the warmth-loving bacteria can grow. FULL STORY »

Feed more calcium to reduce movement of phosphorus from dairy cow feces

Recommended concentrations of dietary phosphorus (P) for lactating dairy cows have been reduced in recent years in order to reduce the excretion of P in manure. FULL STORY »

Dairy Management: Tips For Success

Located in Clovis, N.M., Southwest Cheese Company LLC is the largest cheddar cheese plant in the world. Since opening five years ago they have captured 9.7 percent of the U.S. market for American style cheddar. FULL STORY »

Fresh cow mastitis cases can have lasting impacts

A cow’s mastitis status on day three after calving can affect milk production later in lactation. FULL STORY »

DairyNet Ask An Expert: Fresh Cows & Ketosis

Our fresh cows are getting ketosis 10 days after freshening. Also lack of appetite. At the time of freshening cows are given a tube of calcium and ketogel. Upon finding they have ketosis we drench them with PG/200cc once daily for 4 days. FULL STORY »

DairyNet Ask An Expert: Fresh Cows & Ketosis

Our fresh cows are getting ketosis 10 days after freshening. Also lack of appetite. At the time of freshening cows are given a tube of calcium and ketogel. Upon finding they have ketosis we drench them with PG/200cc once daily for 4 days. FULL STORY »

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