Bedding, bacteria and environmental mastitis
Environmental conditions will affect the rate and magnitude of bacterial growth in a cow’s surroundings. This report looks at the impact from different types of bedding materials.
The immune system of ruminants
The immune system in a dairy cow consists of two distinct, but interactive systems. This report explains the workings of those systems to protect the animal from infectious pathogens.
Video: Learn about nutrigenomics
Nutrigenomics is the study of the molecular relationships between genes, their response to specific nutrients, and how those relationships can impact animal health and performance.
Dairy Herd Management Articles:
Welfare-friendly dairy housing
Check out these resources for the latest recommendations in dairy cattle facility design.
Proper footbaths critical for controlling infectious claw lesions
One expert details key design and management considerations.
Mycotoxin short course
Video lectures address key challenges related to identifying and dealing with mycotoxins
Don’t let your herd get bugged by parasites
Managing internal pests pays off, even when times are tight.
This summer, it’s more important than ever to provide cows with ample supplies of clean, fresh water.
Load 'em up, head 'em out
Proper preparation is needed for all successful travel. Make the effort to help cows prepare, then load ‘em up and head ‘em out.
Reduce the risk of ketosis
Ketosis is an undesirable disease with a severe impact on animal performance. Use this advice to prevent ketosis.
Fight Johne’s disease with chlorine and stainless steel
ARS research shows that you can potentially reduce bacterial survival on farm.
Re-examine your fresh cow routine
It’s commonplace on some farms to give a fresh cow a bottle of calcium just after calving, but it may be a band-aid that covers underlying nutritional issues.
Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate
For optimal production and well-being, you should provide dairy cows with a constant supply of fresh, clean air.
Low-protein dairy diets could improve environment
New research project aims to study the effect of animal nitrogen utilization and ammonia emissions on dairy farms.
A wealth of health information
When milk prices declined, parts of the country saw dramatic decreases in the number of dairy herds that participated in Dairy Herd Improvement Association testing. If you are one of those that dropped this service, here’s what you are missing.