Management

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 »

The Dry Period Is The Key To Fresh Cow Management

Today’s dairy farming practices have put tremendous demands on early lactation cows. This stressful period can have a negative effect on a cow’s health, feed intake, and milk production. FULL STORY »

Three keys to fresh-cow monitoring

The first 10 days following calving are critical to lactation success. FULL STORY »

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