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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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As we move to a new era of lower acceptable somatic cell levels, the prevention and control of mastitis takes on new importance. For many years, the contagious mastitis pathogens including Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae and Mycoplasma bovis were the focus of control measures primarily implemented in the milking parlour to stop the spread of these organisms from cow-to-cow.

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Nutrition in the postfresh pen may be the true determination of a successful lactation.

Often referred to as the most critical time in a cow’s life, the transition period sets the stage for milk production, reproduction and overall health.

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“The only thing that should happen at calving time is that the cow should deliver a live, healthy calf.”

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What you don’t know can hurt you, and it could hurt your cows, too.

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The aim of a properly managed and nutritionally sound dry cow and early lactation program is to prepare the cow for a profitable lactation. Maximizing dry matter intakes, minimizing negative energy and protein balance, maintaining calcium homeostasis and minimizing immune dysfunction are critical points to a smooth transition into lactation.

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Dr. Grooms, president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, defined what vaccines do for our cattle and the industry, the types of vaccines and how to properly store and administer vaccinations in a webinar he led earlier this year titled “Basic Vaccinology: Why Vaccines Work or Don’t Work.”

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