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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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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to mastitis treatment. With numerous mastitis-causing pathogens lurking on dairies, producers and veterinarians need flexible mastitis treatment options to effectively treat mastitis.

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The bulk tank milk culture has long been the standard method for screening dairy herds for the presence of contagious mastitis pathogens (Streptococcus agalactiae, Staphylococcus aureus or Mycoplasma).

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Winter brings cold, harsh weather with low humidity – the perfect conditions for teat-skin chapping, damage and hyperkeratosis, the most common teat-skin and teat-end problems.

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More than 3.8 million hooves from 959,100 dairy cows are making their imprint on Canadian dairy farms, according to recent Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada statistics. With that many cows in production, hoof health becomes an important factor in maintaining overall dairy wellness.

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Hoof blocks are an important component of the lameness management toolbox.

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In Canada, even on well-managed dairies, there’s a good chance that digital dermatitis (DD) is present. It is highly contagious and if left unchecked can cause painful ulcerations that often lead to lameness.

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