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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.

Avoid dehydration 
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.

Blue green algae poisoning in cattle 
Algae strewn water troughs should be avoided on dairy farms.

Lameness prevention provides returns 
One incidence of lameness could cost $300.

Be aware of grass tetany problems
Lush, green, rapidly growing grasses present a considerable risk for grass tetany, regardless of season. The combination of high potassium and low magnesium and calcium in these forages is thought to be the primary cause of grass tetany.

Guide to lameness prevention
Use these guidelines from the Dairy Animal Care and Quality Assurance program to prevent lames.  

Manage lameness in winter
It is estimated that every lame cow costs between $300 and $400. Use these tips to manage lameness.  

Preventive strategies for ketosis
Parturition and the onset of lactation challenges calcium and energy homeostasis in dairy cows predisposing them to periparturient disorders that affect health, production and reproductive performance says Carlos Risco, DVM, Dipl. ACT, University of Florida. 

Why early-lactation cows may need a higher DCAD
During the olympic games this summer, the subject of lactic acid would occasionally come up whenever a runner or a swimmer suddenly fell

Measure rumen pH
At any given time, 20 percent to 30 percent of your herd may be suffering from rumen acidosis.