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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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Observation skills and experience are extremely beneficial to managing the health and performance of a dairy herd. Perceptive practitioners of animal husbandry can often tell you at a glance whether an animal is under the weather or is feeling perfectly fine by walking pens, observing feed intakes and monitoring cow behaviour for important hints.

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As most producers are aware, sick cows behave differently than healthy cows. However, recent research now shows that certain behaviours may also help us identify cows that will become sick in the future.

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Data collected from several large dairy herds is being used to benchmark claw lesions that lead to lameness, with digital dermatitis being the most common culprit.

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It was not long ago that I had a farm visit where I found a substantial lameness issue. The producer was at his wit’s end. He had tried it all, and nothing seemed to be a solution.

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As hoof trimmers, we rely on the cooperation of dairymen to make our routine visits effective and efficient, and there are a few simple things you can do to make this possible.

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“Animal welfare” and “cow comfort” have become popular buzz words around the industry. In some instances, dairy producers have been depicted as people who care more about their bottom line than the animal welfare and cow comfort it takes to properly care for and manage animals.

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