Using animal activity to detect disease

Metabolic diseases in the transition period continue to cause substantial economic losses to dairy producers. With the advancement in activity monitors for dairy cows, researchers have begun to examine ways to utilize animal behavior data to detect disease prior to the onset of clinical signs. FULL STORY »

Untreated mastitis – is that wise?

A new study examines what happens to mastitis on farms where producers use on-farm milk cultures to make the decision to treat or not. FULL STORY »

The secrets of quality milk producers

What do the dairy producers say who have achieved a level of milk quality in which somatic cell count (SCC) averages less than 100,000? At the Dairyland Testing DHIA annual meeting in 2010, there a panel of five producers had that distinction FULL STORY »

The evolution of new tools for old problems - mastitis

Mastitis is a universal problem that all dairy producers struggle with to varying degrees at one time or another. Management strategies to reduce the risk of mastitis usually focus on decreasing exposure of cows to the bacteria that infect the mammary gland. FULL STORY »

Expand your dry cow arsenal with vaccination

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

DCHA tip of the week: Why worry about heifer mastitis?

The greatest development of milk-producing tissue in the udder occurs during the first pregnancy, so it is important to protect the mammary gland from pathogenic organisms to ensure maximum milk production during the first lactation and beyond. FULL STORY »

Control of E. coli mastitis starts with vaccination

Don’t think vaccination is important? Research shows 60 percent to 70 percent of coliform mastitis infections become clinical. FULL STORY »

Small doesn’t always mean better quality

A new study conducted by a former food science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that milk quality is higher on larger farms in Wisconsin. 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 »

Current status and future challenges in mastitis research

One of the papers presented during the NMC 50th Annual Meeting earlier this year summarized the current status and future challenges in mastitis research. FULL STORY »

Milk quality from farm to table

National Dairy Month offers an opportunity for dairy producers to step back and recognize the big picture of milk quality and its impact throughout the supply chain — from farm to table. FULL STORY »

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