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?”
March 13 2020
Concerns surrounding coronavirus are impacting people across the United States and around the world. As I write this blog, events are being canceled and travel is highly discouraged — all in an attempt...
Oct. 14 2019
By now you may have heard about the epidemic of African Swine Fever (ASF) wreaking havoc on pig populations all around eastern Asia
July 13 2019
"Treating diarrhea in dairy calves" webinar was presented by Geof Smith, D.V.M., North Carolina State University
Nov. 29 2018
Every once in a blue moon we have a cold, sickness, or milk production drop from a feed change hit our herd. If you’re a dairyman, I am quite sure you have dealt with these things before
Aug. 27 2018
“Oh my, she does not look good.”To me, she just looked lethargic. She wasn’t thrifty.That was my first reaction after giving Cow No. 139 a visual evaluation while walking the freestall...
July 2 2018
When it comes to animal welfare, the easiest metrics to measure are health related . . . but welfare goes beyond the body. It can also vary from animal to animal