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 »

Why you should forestrip

The secret of producing high quality milk is to consistently use a well-defined milking technique by all everyone on the farm that helps to reduce pathogen exposure. Forestripping should be applied to all milking routines and is a fundamental practice that can help to greatly increase milk quality. FULL STORY »

Insect control proves essential in livestock production

Fly season is in full swing, and a Purdue Extension entomologist says insect control is essential as these pests can lead to disease and decreased growth rates in livestock. FULL STORY »

Extended mastitis control

New knowledge about the organisms that cause mastitis in dairy cows has opened the door for improved treatment approaches. FULL STORY »

Conduct a physical exam on your milking system

Just because you perform regular maintenance on your milking system, such as rebuilding pulsators, it does not mean that a routine system evaluation is unnecessary. FULL STORY »

To treat or not to treat: It depends

Does intramammary treatment of heifers pre-calving increase subsequent milk production? Find out what one milk-quality specialist has to say. FULL STORY »

Bulk tank somatic cell count: Lowering the limit?

For decades, the legal limit for the bulk tank somatic cell count (BTSCC) in the U.S. has been 750,000 cells/mL. Above which, producers cannot ship their milk for sale. FULL STORY »

Is mastitis on your “dashboard”?

Do you know how much mastitis chips away at your profitability? To get help in determining this figure, check out this "dashboard" developed by Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky extension dairy specialist. Use it to calculate and illustrate — to yourself and to your staff — the economic impact of mastitis due to lost milk production. FULL STORY »

Readers critical of SCC decision

On Friday, Dairy Herd Network asked how you felt about the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments decision last week not to lower that national standard for somatic cell counts (SCC) to 400,000 cells per ml. Apparently that decision didn’t sit well with many of you. By a nearly three-to-one margin, poll respondents to this non-scientific poll said that they did not support the choice to leave national standards where they are. FULL STORY »

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