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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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In the world of dairy nutrition, new recommendations are continually being made. An important area of focus in which new advances are being made is dry cow nutrition, especially the close-up dry cow period, as it is a crucial time.

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Maternity is a classically overlooked and poorly understood area of the farm. This high-impact area affects both cow and calf – and therefore is a potential source of variation.

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Feeding a negative DCAD diet works. Science and on-farm application have proven time and again that feeding negative DCAD diets to pre-fresh cows prevents milk fever and helps minimize other common postpartum problems.

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Promoting a surface on which cows want to lie down is about more than just comfort. The bedding material a dairy chooses plays a critical role in preventing mastitis, reducing injury, regulating temperature and fitting into the overall management system.

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Great strides have been made recently in improving the fertility of dairy cows, with significant focus on genomics and improvements in sync programs.

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There are now stricter regulations of antibiotics commonly used in the animal-feeding industry. Livestock and poultry producers alike have been accused of overfeeding various antibiotics, largely for growth promotion purposes (i.e., for increased feed efficiency and profitability).

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