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HERD HEALTH

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A cool cow is a comfortable cow that eats more and produces more milk. It’s a basic philosophy common to dairy farmers, but in practice, keeping cows comfortable can be a difficult feat.

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Dry cows are the up-and-coming milk-makers in your herd – yet when it comes to cooling, they are often overlooked. A study conducted by the U.S. National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) revealed that 74.3 percent of all dairy operations provided fans for their lactating herd, while only 36 percent offered fans for dry cows.

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The topic of sand bedding for dairy cows usually elicits strong reactions from dairy farmers – those who love it or those who hate it.

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Taking a few minutes to calculate heat stress losses and their impact on your dairy’s bottom line can help you strategize for better heat abatement, which could mean more milk, improved fertility and even healthier calves.

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Rumen acidosis results from an excessive acid load in the rumen not neutralized by salivary or feed buffers. Changes in physiology, metabolism and behaviour of heat-stressed cows increase their susceptibility to both subacute (SARA) and acute acidosis.

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Transitioning dairy cattle from dry cows to healthy high-producing lactating cows is the single-most difficult endeavor undertaken on today’s dairy farms.

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