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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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“What group does that cow go in?” This was a question posed to me a couple of years ago by a young man trying to re-organize a neglected dairy.

One of the first things that I suggested was to take the time to identify how to properly group your cows.

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It is common knowledge that hoof health and lameness in dairy cattle is a significant problem for the producer and the dairy industry in general.

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Functional claw trimming was devised by Toussaint Raven in the 1970s. The protocol for claw trimming was developed based on animals and housing systems at that time.

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In a 2011 article, “Foot rot in dairy cows,” I explained what foot rot is and briefly mentioned the different hoof problems that could be misdiagnosed as foot rot.

Lameness seems to be on the rise, and misdiagnosing a problem can often cause a lot of unnecessary grief and expense.

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Clinical hypocalcemia, also known as milk fever, in fresh cows is an economically important metabolic disorder that increases the risk of mastitis, retained placenta, displaced abomasum and ketosis, which affects lactational performance. The incidence of clinical hypocalcemia can be reduced with proper nutritional management.

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During the postpartum period, dairy cows enter a period of tissue catabolism called negative energy balance (NEB). Simply put, the amount of energy consumed is less than what’s required; this imbalance causes a cascade of metabolic failures that can be minimized by using a holistic approach.

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