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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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When a cow becomes pregnant, some of the nutrients it consumes will be used by the developing calf. There is no other time in the calf’s life when the development of tissues, organs and systems is occurring as rapidly as early weeks in utero.

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For many years, the expectations for high milk production along with excellent herd health and reproductive performance were considered at odds with each other. It was believed you should not and could not expect to achieve high milk yields without compromising herd health and reproductive performance.

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The more time we spend following the right fresh cow protocols, the better the young cows will perform throughout the lactation.

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From coast to coast, the Canadian climate sees large variations in levels of heat and humidity, but even a few days of elevated temperatures and moisture in the air can cause a dairy cow to experience heat stress and the negative impacts on production, reproduction and health that follow.

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Consistently tracking and benchmarking milk production records within the herd by days in milk and lactation stage will make decision-making less susceptible to outlier data.

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Milk quality means something different for every stakeholder in the dairy industry, according to Brandon Treichler, DVM.

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