March 7 2024
Understanding the root causes of dairy lameness could save your operation money when it comes time to make culling decisions within your herd. In a webinar conducted by Iowa State University Extension,...
March 7 2024
Farmers are well aware of the challenges that come with various strains of salmonella, but handling an outbreak of sick animals can still be difficult. What can be done when Salmonella Dublin (S. Dublin)...
Aug. 14 2023
When administering animal medications or reproductive hormones as part of a synchronization protocol, product placement is very important
June 5 2023
Many farms have protocols written to help keep cows healthy
May 29 2023
An outbreak of salmonella can be costly to a farm in many ways
May 25 2023
Warm, wet weather creates an environment where salmonella-causing bacteria thrive
Jan. 5 2023
The month of December was a little touch-and-go in our calf barn as we were dealing with an abundance of calves and disease challenges
Sept. 14 2022
Disbudding with caustic paste is typically done within the first week of life, and as early as the first 24 hours. Currently, there is only a small amount of research on caustic paste
Aug. 25 2022
Much is researched, reported, and written about the health challenges cows can face in their transition period, and for good reason
Aug. 11 2022
Everyone has seen their fair share of teat lesions often caused by a direct injury such as a cow stepping on a teat, but sometimes it is not
Aug. 4 2022
In recent years and decades, the near-constant dry weather conditions of the western U.S. have not only made farming more difficult but also caused more frequent and more intense wildfires
Jan. 31 2022
Those who work closely with the calves on a dairy farm must always be on the lookout for signs of illness. Identifying calves that are dealing with the most common issues — scours and pneumonia
Dec. 2 2021
If you could cut your antibiotic use by more than half without affecting your herd’s health, would you?You’re probably saying yes while thinking that sounds too good to be true
Oct. 25 2021
Bovine leukemia virus, commonly known as BLV, lurks in dairy herds around the world. Surveys indicate an estimated 45% to 50% of cows in the U.S. are infected, and 94% of the nation’s dairy herds
Oct. 20 2021
In this webinar, Dr. Kirkpatrick will focus on the financial impacts that a high first-test SCC can have on milk production, clinical mastitis rates and cull rates. Spoiler alert: It’s a lot more...
Sept. 2 2021
An evening vet call came in that a high value bull calf was down. I wasn’t far away from the calf grower, so I soon pulled in to find Becky running subcutaneous (SQ) lactated ringers (LRS)
Aug. 23 2021
In the early 20th century, tuberculosis was a scourge for cattle. However, in recent decades it’s become extremely rare, with ramifications only being felt by a handful of infected herds
Aug. 17 2021
Understanding how smoke affects cow health could be critical in the future of the fire-ravaged West
Nov. 30 2020
“If you look around your farm . . . what sort of things do I want to hide from the public? What’s not going on the packaging on the milk container at the grocery store?”