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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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Warmer weather is nearly here, and with it comes high temperatures, high humidity and increased chances of heat stress.

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Today’s conscious producer is concerned with their impact on the environment, animal care, waste, working conditions, human wellness, workforce shifts and business models.

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Recent research from Europe and Canada has demonstrated cows have a strong preference to be on pasture, especially during summer nights.

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Animal welfare concerns have not disappeared and will continue to be a driving factor for decisions made in local and global markets and on the farm.

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Yes, cows are easily stressed. The issue with stress is the release of adrenaline, cortisol and other hormones. These hormones are needed for the fight-or-flight response but can also cause oxidative damage to cells – meaning they slow down and impair immune system function.

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As thoughts of spring planting and warmer temperatures develop, now is the time to start preparing your heat stress management plans. Heat stress can occur even in the early spring when cows haven’t acclimated to the ever-fluctuating temperatures or haven’t shed their winter coats.

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