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Five tips to manage calves in winter weather

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El Lechero Dairy Basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Devin Hyde   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:36

Cold stress in calves occurs when temperatures fall below 60 degrees for calves under 21 days of age and 42 degrees for calves over 21 days of age. As temperatures begin to dip below these levels, the following five tips can assist in managing calves:


How to combat zoonotic diseases on the dairy

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El Lechero Dairy Basics - Management
Written by Zenith Insurance Company   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:26

It is important for dairy farmers to have a fundamental knowledge about animals. It is also important to be aware that some diseases can spread to people. Animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans are called zoonotic diseases.

Antibiotic residues in dairies

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El Lechero Dairy Basics - Management
Written by Michael Payne   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 09:18

According to the current USDA data available in 2008, cull dairy cows accounted for just over 7 percent of all cattle slaughtered in the U.S., but were responsible for approximately 90 percent of carcasses in which drug residues were detected.

Here are some of the more common reasons leading to having a carcass condemned for drug residues.


Cows milk themselves… if you know how to get them ready!

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El Lechero Dairy Basics - Management
Written by Oscar Duarte   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 17:57

0413el_duarte_1In fact, learning how to attach milking units is simple and straightforward; the trick is to have an in-depth understanding of how the cow works and put that knowledge into practice when milking them.

To have a complete and understandable idea about harvesting milk from cows, you need to know, understand and implement steps to achieve a strong “milk letdown” reflex, before, during and after milking time.


Coaching Corner: Bridge the gap between drug usage and written records

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El Lechero Dairy Basics - Management
Written by Libby Gaige   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:20

As dairy farmers, you work hard to provide excellent care for your cows, striving to help them to be healthy and productive. When cows do occasionally get sick, it’s important to have many products on hand for both preventative and reactive care. Ideally, everyone handling these drugs can read and understand the labels and inserts. Yet even when this is the case, faulty lines of communication can cause costly mix-ups.

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