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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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Anaerobic digesters are utilized on dairy farms around the world. Microbial action processes manure or other biodegradable waste products into solid and liquid components along with biogas.

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When dairy industry consultants recommend facility or management improvements, more often than not, it’s assumed these types of cow comfort investments are automatically justified. What lenders need to understand, however, is how the investments will provide the returns to justify the expense.

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Dairy cattle face numerous sources of stress, expected and unexpected, throughout their life cycle. One of the most predictable is heat stress, which can compromise cow health and production, both of which can have a significant economic impact on the profitability of a dairy.

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The cost of treating a case of clinical mastitis averages $200 in many dairies and exceeds $250 in some. The use of antibiotics for treating mastitis is responsible for the majority of this cost – not because of the cost of the antibiotics but mainly because of discarded milk.

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Previously, we established that defining dairy cow health status is not always a black and white issue. That’s because while the vast majority of cows on dairies are healthy and a few are easily identified as sick, a certain percentage of cows don’t fit in either category.

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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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