Care for animals to ensure their health and your success

Jan. 25 2017
It should make a big difference to you to know why a cow died on your farm. Why? A dead cow represents a dead loss. More importantly, cows don’t die without a reason
Oct. 25 2016
This cow is in a lying position, which is often associated with sleep. Time spent sleeping may affect cow health, production, and welfare more than we realize.The importance of cow comfort and i
May 25 2016
Don't just stand there Cows that stand too much may be telling you something about cow comfort in your barn. Inadequate flooring can cause lameness and discourage cows from eating, thus impacting milk...
Dec. 15 2015
The concept of animal welfare encompasses multiple concerns with different stakeholders prioritizing different interests. The priorities are most often grouped into three areas: biological functioning,...
Dec. 15 2015
Consumers are continually demanding assurances in the humane treatment of farm animals and are mostly concerned with human and animal interactions. Responses to the demand for greater openness in livestock...
Oct. 19 2015
Inflammation: Friend or foe? Dietary strategies and anti-inflammatory drugs can minimize swelling, but sometimes inflammation actually works to the cow's benefit. by Barry Bradford and Caroline Ylioja...
Oct. 19 2015
Dietary strategies and anti-inflammatory drugs can minimize swelling, but sometimes inflammation actually works to the cow's benefit. Inflammation has a bad reputation, but at times it is actually helping...
July 29 2015
There's no excuse for irresponsible drug use In today's media environment, the mistakes of a single farm can be rapidly broadcast. Understanding allowable drug usage, reading the labels and working with...
July 29 2015
There's no excuse for irresponsible drug use In today's media environment, the mistakes of a single farm can be rapidly broadcast. Understanding allowable drug usage, reading the labels and working with...
May 19 2015
Heed the saying "measure twice and cut once" when designing or renovating your tie stall. If stalls are sized properly to meet their needs, your cows will thank you. Barn design and stall dimensions contribute
May 19 2015
Prompt and proper care during this critical period in a cow's annual life cycle can be considered the foundation on which a cow builds a profitable lactation and provides a healthy replacement
May 4 2015
Design facilities to optimize transition cow comfort Maximizing comfort and minimizing stress are the goals to keep top of mind when designing a transition cow facility
May 4 2015
Transition pen design considerations are different than those for your typical lactating cow pens
March 10 2015
Pinpoint cows with an unseen calcium challenge Diagnostic tools provide a window into cows' calcium status. Monitoring subclinical hypocalcemia at the herd and cow level allows for informed decision making....
Feb. 25 2015
With the right design, tie stalls can provide excellent cow comfort. If you're milking in an older setup, evaluate what changes could be made to foster comfort and production. by Emily Morabito and Jeffrey...
July 15 2014
Spending a little more to design transition cow housing the right way can lead to financial and herd health successes. by Rebecca Brotzman, D.V.M., Nigel Cook, D.V.M., and Ken Nordlund, D.V.M. The authors...
July 3 2014
What every transition cow barn needs These four features should be a part of every transition cow barn design. by Rebecca Brotzman, D.V.M., Nigel Cook, D.V.M., and Ken Nordlund, D.V.M. The authors are...
July 3 2014
Solve your transition housing puzzle Well-designed transition barns should include space for cows to rest, eat and calve with minimal disruptions.There are four characteristics of excellent transition...
June 15 2014
The FDA is tightening antibiotic use in food animal production with a voluntary request to pharmaceutical companies. I've received numerous questions recently from local dairy producers who have heard...
June 15 2014
How do your hoof blocks wear? Wooden hoof blocks are commonly used in the treatment of toe, heel and sole ulcer-derived lameness. Traditionally, an epoxy glue is used to adhere a wooden block to the sound...