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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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Every dairy producer wonders how much they dare overcrowd the freestall barn. When asked that question, I usually respond that they can go 15 percent over for a two-row pen and 5 percent over for a three-row pen. However, I do realize that’s likely the wrong answer for almost everyone.

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The ideal dairy stall is clean, dry and comfortable. Yet when it comes to keeping moisture and pathogens at bay, many stalls fall short. Whether you’re bedding on organic or inorganic material, optimizing stalls for maximum cow health and comfort is critical for producing quality milk.

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A year has passed since the first official proAction Animal Care validation, and two years have passed since the first official Animal Care assessment. What have we learned?

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Headlock design should promote a cow’s natural grazing stance, and factors like curb dimensions and sizing can encourage this behaviour.

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After making several tweaks to their transition cow program over the past few years, Dirk and Erica Kiestra have found their sweet spot in getting cows from dry-off to freshening.

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Although somatic cell counts (SCC) have long been used as an indicator of udder health and milk quality, several common myths and misunderstandings remain.

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