Care for animals to ensure their health and your success
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...
Oct. 25 2010
Here's a look at what it is and why it's important to us. This article is part of a series being prepared in cooperation with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Antimicrobial resistance...
Oct. 25 2010
Making sure your milk or meat does not contain a drug residue must be a high priority. This article is part of a series prepared in cooperation with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Consumers...
Oct. 18 2010
Above all, avoid drug residues. Ship cows in good condition to get top dollar. This article is part of a series being prepared in cooperation with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners
Oct. 18 2010
Key considerations are drug effectiveness, safety for the animal, and safety for the food supply. This article is part of a series being prepared in cooperation with the American Association of Bovine...
Aug. 2 2010
The tally is between $304 and $354 per case. Incidence rates can run 20 percent or higher. Most of us have had the unpleasant experience of dealing with a case of metritis. The foul smell and watery uterine...
June 15 2010
Lameness is one of the most serious and costly issues for dairy producers. Studies have estimated that between 25 and 30 percent of lactating cows in Canada and the United States are lame. Lameness is...
May 10 2010
Is there a best way to monitor ketosis? Ketosis is underrecognized on most farms and is associated with several clinical diseases, lost milk, breeding problems, and greater risk of early culling. You should...
April 25 2010
To boost transition success, focus on feed bunk space, pen moves, ample-size free stalls or bedded packs, surface cushion, and effective screening of cows needing attention. In 2005, we surveyed the transition...
April 15 2010
How can the dairy industry tackle Johne's disease head-on? Here's a right-to-the-point summary. Veterinarians • Become a Johne's certified veterinarian. This task is done easily and affordably by...
April 15 2010
What is the best test? How do diagnostic tests fit into a Johne's disease control program? Experts agree that it's prohibitively expensive to do a fecal culture or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test...
April 15 2010
Don't buy your Johne's. In the U.S. today, roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of random source dairy replacements are infected with M. paratuberculosis. Five experts arrived at a consensus opinion on the...
April 15 2010
It's not just about Johne's. To help limit disease it is important to keep calves individually housed and eliminate contact with other calves, as well as manure from the adult cows. Controlling Johne's...
April 15 2010
Proven Practices for Johne's Disease Control and Prevention.Despite greater awareness of Johne's disease, the negative impact it has on dairy farms continues to grow
April 14 2010
Claw disorders generally are related to a combination of rumen acidosis issues and problems that result in too much weight being handled by parts of the hoof. Infections, such as warts, foot rot, heal...