Care for animals to ensure their health and your success
March 21 2014
The emphasis of dairy stockmanship training has always been on humane handling of cattle, and with that comes a secondary benefit - enhanced safety on the farm. Little did we know just how significant...
Feb. 25 2014
Take a stand for cows that can't Down cows deserve special care to bring them back to health or, if necessary, to a humane end. by Geof W. Smith, D.V.M. The author is at the College of Veterinary Medicine,...
Feb. 10 2014
Hypocalcemia is more than a "low calcium" problem Milk fever cannot be overcome in a reactive fashion. Prevention programs must be in place to help cows successfully transition into lactation. To better...
Dec. 15 2013
From the moment of birth, calves learn how to interact with us. Make it a pleasant experience, and you'll have calmer cows when they enter the parlor. Let's face it: the long-term economic health of the...
Dec. 12 2013
People have known for a long time that rough handling and stress is detrimental to dairy cattle. Over 100 years ago, W. D. Hoard, founder of Hoard's Dairyman, wrote that people working with dairy cows...
April 10 2013
Fewer social upsets during the transition period lead to healthier, more productive cows after calving. Even without completely new facilities, social stress can be managed during the transition
March 10 2013
If we use a multi-prong approach to better hoof health - much like our udder health plans - we can see less disease and lameness, paired with more milk. Your nutritionist isn't to blame for your hoof health...
Jan. 10 2013
Tackling Johne's around the world While the human risk of contracting Johne's is unclear, many researchers and countries continue to search for new eradication methods. Reducing Johne's risk on your farm...
Dec. 15 2012
I am working with a 600-cow dairy that is experiencing a unique pneumonia-like situation. The dairy is very well managed. When the symptoms appear, they are across all lactating cows, are random and begin...
Sept. 25 2012
The simple design can limit induced stress. When used routinely, cattle can accommodate to its function, leaving a positive impression. She wrote this series with Paul Rapnicki, D.V.M., formerly with the...
Sept. 10 2012
Make parlor trips peaceful Two or three times a day, free stall herds move cows from their home pen to the holding pen. By keeping a routine and using cows' natural tendencies, we can keep the trips low...
Aug. 25 2012
We must communicate to cattle's senses Cows interpret their environment using the five senses. Remain aware of which senses you are stimulating
Aug. 10 2012
Dairy stockmanship:What is low-stress handling? Low-stress stockmanship can be taught. If done correctly, it will relax cattle and employees and improve your bottom line. by Heather Smith Thomas Thomas...
July 15 2012
Normal calving progress is just 70 minutes long. If you do need to intervene, 30 minutes of pulling is enough. Henry called with a calving just as I was finishing supper. He said he had not worked on this...
Oct. 25 2011
The new footbath model recommends a 10- to 12-foot length, 10-inch depth, 24-inch width, and one removable sidewall. Both sidewalls should be angled in, starting at about 3 feet above the floor of the...
Oct. 10 2011
Management of the fresh cow during the first 21 days of lactation is a critical control point for maximizing health and productivity on all dairy farms. Identifying an off-feed fresh cow was a breeze when...
June 30 2011
Prevention still is our most powerful medicine. Dry cow treatment and medicated replacers are getting scrutiny. by William M. Sischo and Dale A. Moore The authors are in the Food and Waterborne Disease...
April 12 2011
Heat hits cows sooner than we thought by R. B. Zimbleman and R. J. Collier The authors are with the Department of Animal Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson. They are affected at a THI of 68....
Jan. 25 2011
Why treatment protocols are so important. This article is part of a series being prepared in cooperation with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Protocols ensure sick animals get relief...
Dec. 15 2010
When a cow's intake of energy does not meet her energy needs for maintenance and milk production, she begins to burn fat as an energy source. One common form of ketosis (Type I) occurs when a cow is in...