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HERD HEALTH

Find information about mastitis, transition cows, vaccination protocols, working with your veterinarian, hoof care and hoof trimming.

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Do cows experience pain after calving?

This might sound like a silly question – especially for those who have experienced childbirth. But because cows are pain tolerant, it can be difficult to know when they’re in pain.

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Late at night, after the drone of the pumps are quiet, every producer has wondered, “How could I get more out of my cows?” As most good questions do, this too leads to another question. “Nutritionally, what is holding fresh cows back from maximum production?”

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In the first 72 hours, her body is transforming from maintenance to high performance. Her body is being transformed like a caterpillar into a butterfly.

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Many years ago, when I was a “baby” vet, I was working with an old bachelor who milked 30 cows. During pregnancy checks, I asked how his calves were doing. “If I ever get a sick calf, I go to the liquor store and buy a bottle of whiskey.

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Feeding a prepartum ration with a negative dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) minimizes the risk of both clinical and subclinical hypocalcemia.

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Methionine (Met) has been recognized as the limiting or co-limiting amino acid for milk production for many years. More recently, there has been a lot of interest in the benefits of supplementing methionine to transition cows as well.

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