Management

Attention to time budgets improves dairy cow performance

Cows need to accomplish certain behavioral activities each day. Deviations from behavioral routines represent departures from natural behavior. FULL STORY »

Calving pens: manage for health

Both the dam and the newborn calf are vulnerable to infection at calving time. The key is to reduce exposure to bacteria through management. FULL STORY »

Calving pens: individual vs. group

Both individual and group calving pens have advantages and disadvantages. Understanding and managing for them can ensure success in either. FULL STORY »

Learn more about Salmonella

A new resource for information on helping control Salmonella Newport is available at: www.SalmonellaRisk.com. FULL STORY »

Pre-fresh, maternity & post-fresh space: Getting the numbers right

The importance of proper care and management of dairy cows during the final 60 to 45 days of their pregnancy cannot be overstated. The nutrition, health care and environment provided during this period have a tremendous influence on their health and performance well into the next lactation. FULL STORY »

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 »

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