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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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A recent survey of digital dermatitis (DD) prevalence on dairy farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan revealed a few striking commonalities among those with the lowest rates of the infectious disease.

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On a typical day, how often do cows interact with people on your dairy?

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Many of today’s dairy farms have become larger, often without increasing their labour force. The management systems successful on a smaller dairy will frequently evolve into a system no longer best for the cow.

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Fresh cows often face management and housing changes soon after giving birth. A smaller pen, designed with the cow in mind, can help mitigate the challenges associated with this stressful time.

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Nutritional management during the transition period is very important, as it affects health, milk production and reproductive performance of dairy cows.

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The goal for every cow on every dairy is to have healthy, productive cows that transition well into lactation. About 30 years ago, researchers discovered a way to help cows achieve this goal.

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