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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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Moving cows is a part of managing every dairy. Are your dry cows grouped separately from the lactating herd? Do your fresh cows have their own pen so they can receive special attention?

Management styles and specific circumstances dictate how often these moves take place and to what extent they affect animals.

We see two schools of thought when it comes to grouping cows. This industry-wide debate centers on social interactions.

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Cow comfort plays a critical role in your herd’s reproductive management. Comfortable cows are less stressed, making them healthier, which drives up pregnancy rates.

That’s why when you focus on cow comfort, your returns are more than just happier cows … Comfortable cows are profitable cows.

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Pain management is an emerging issue in the livestock industry with increased concerns about animal welfare by a variety of parties including activists, food companies, consumers and producers.

Attitudes of bovine veterinarians to pain and the use of analgesics in cattle are changing.

In recent surveys of veterinarians and veterinary students, there were significant differences between the pain scores assigned by men and women and by respondents who had graduated in different decades.

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I enjoy reading Tom Wall’s articles on employee management. He brings intelligent ideas to the important topic of managing your employees.

For understandable reasons, I am seeing more small dairy farms hire outside help to reduce the burnout from a 24-7, 365-day work schedule.

So keeping employees happy is on the management plate of most dairy owners across the country today. But are you sure all your employees are happy?

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0712ca saltman 1For dairy cattle, routine and stability are as necessary as feed and water.

Likewise, mastitis treatment protocols can become second nature on a dairy operation, remaining unchanged for years.

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One month into the new 400,000 somatic cell count (SCC) limit for milk. So, what have you done differently on your operation?

While some of us may dislike the added regulation, producing a higher-quality product benefits customers and cows. Lower somatic cell counts mean increased production for our cows and increased shelf life for consumers.

On the path to achieving better milk quality, it is our responsibility to use antibiotics judiciously. It’s simply the right thing to do.

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