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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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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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Preparing cows’ feet for the transition to a robotic system should be a fairly easy task for most dairy farms to accomplish well in advance.

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As a professional hoof trimmer, primarily dealing with dairy cows, the last two decades have afforded me the opportunity to see and work with an extremely wide range of problems relating to mobility and lame conditions in those cattle under a variety of management situations.

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