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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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Your fresh cow program can make or break the economic success and health of each cow’s lactation. It is important to get these transitioning cows off to a solid start. Three fresh cow pillars that can ensure a successful transit are outlined below.

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The modern dairy cow is a model of remarkable productive efficiency. In high-producing dairy herds with annual average milk production levels in excess of 15,000 kilograms per cow, 75% or more of the energy consumed is translated into milk production and other functions beyond maintenance.

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In the world of dairy nutrition, new recommendations are continually being made. An important area of focus in which new advances are being made is dry cow nutrition, especially the close-up dry cow period, as it is a crucial time.

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Maternity is a classically overlooked and poorly understood area of the farm. This high-impact area affects both cow and calf – and therefore is a potential source of variation.

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Feeding a negative DCAD diet works. Science and on-farm application have proven time and again that feeding negative DCAD diets to pre-fresh cows prevents milk fever and helps minimize other common postpartum problems.

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Promoting a surface on which cows want to lie down is about more than just comfort. The bedding material a dairy chooses plays a critical role in preventing mastitis, reducing injury, regulating temperature and fitting into the overall management system.

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