Dairy Herd Management How To: Start a Nutrient Management Plan
There is a balance between managing nutrients generated by your animals and providing the soils on your farm with the appropriate amount of nutrients to maximize yield, all while protecting the environment. The foundation for establishing and maintaining that balance lies in a nutrient management plan.
If you need to build a nutrient management plan for your farm, or if your established plan needs revision, this video will help you understand the basics of building your plan and some essential components to include. Dennis Frame, a former University of Wisconsin Extension specialist and current nutrient management consultant, walks through the process of building a plan and gives some watch-outs to consider as you understand the needs of your operation.
Dairy Herd Management How-To: Get Anovular Cows Pregnant
Anovular or anestrus cows are those females that are not ovulating. Cycling begins within the first few weeks of calving, says Paul Fricke, a dairy reproduction specialist with the University of Wisconsin. However, research by Fricke has shown that 20-30% of cows have not yet reinitiated ovulation after 60 days in milk. “Those are the cows that we are concerned about, these anovular cows,” Fricke says. Watch the video here:
Dairy Herd Management How-To: Proper Dosing
Dr. B.J. Jones of Center Hill Veterinary Clinic explains the importance of matching the antibiotic dose to weight here:
Dairy Herd Management How-To: Pay Attention to Injection Sites
Even though dairy cows are raised for milk production, nearly all dairy animals end up in the beef supply chain at some point. That makes proper animal handling and drug administration important to avoid injection site lesions that can damage the carcass.
According to the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit, 15% of dairy carcasses were found to have lesions, while only 7% of beef carcasses were affected. Most of the lesions come from giving injections in the hind quarter where there’s higher value meat. Other injuries can occur as well, including damage to the sciatic nerve.
“We want to try and do all of our injections in the neck,” says B.J. Jones, a veterinarian with Center Hill Veterinary Clinic near Darlington, Wis. “There’s less trim in the neck and less valuable cuts of meat.”
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