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10 steps to improve your pre-milking routine

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El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Written by Keith Engel   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:47

el_english_badgeMilk quality and udder health are pieces of any successful dairy operation. To produce quality milk it is important that all employees are on the same page when they enter the parlor.

A parlor routine can help to create consistency between employees and different milking shifts. Include these 10 steps in your pre-milking routine to improve milk quality.


Milk from cows treated with antibiotics can’t go into the bulk tank

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El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Written by Abby Huibregtse   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:03

el_english_badgeWhen cows get sick, many farms will treat them with antibiotics. A common infection in dairy cows is mastitis, which is an infection in the udder. Cows with mastitis are often given antibiotic treatments to help them overcome the infection.

Any time a cow is given antibiotics, her milk cannot be put into the bulk tank. This is because there are firm regulations in regards to drug residues in milk.

February 2012: Questions about milk quality

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El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Friday, 17 February 2012 10:02

What are the key components of the milking process to control mastitis and ensure high-quality milk?

Consistent use of good milking practices is essential for controlling mastitis and producing high-quality milk. Several components of the milking process merit special attention.

Examination of foremilk
The examination of milk before attaching milking units is useful to ensure that abnormal milk is kept out of the human food chain and to identify cases of clinical mastitis.


Foot rot in dairy cows

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El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Written by Intracare North America   
Friday, 17 February 2012 09:15

0112el_intracare_1Foot rot or interdigital necrobacillosis is actually not a disease of the claw directly, but affects the subcutaneous tissue near the claw, particularly the tissues between the toes.

Much has been written about the disorder and my aim in this article is to briefly present the scientific facts.

After that, I would like to share with you my experience as a professional hoof trimmer.


Managing lame cows

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El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Written by Tom Fuhrmann   
Monday, 14 November 2011 16:35

0411el_fuhrmann_1As I work with herdsmen and cowside workers on dairies across the country, I find many of them have some misconceptions about lame cows. Let me help you become a better herdsman by explaining how to manage lame cows on your dairy.

Perception vs. reality
Lame cows aren’t my responsibility; we have a hoof trimmer that comes to the dairy to take care of them. This is a huge misconception. Lame cows are sick, suffer from pain, produce less milk and will become chronic problems unless they are dealt with immediately and correctly.

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