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Editor’s note: In this second of a two-part series, the authors review best management and prevention practices for subclinical hypocalcemia.

Click here to read the first-part of the series, Managing hypocalcemia in dairy cows.

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Editor’s note: This article is the second in a two-part series featuring 10 steps to a successful transition period. Steps 6-10 are discussed in this article.

In our previous article (Progressive Dairyman, February 25, 2017, 10 steps for a successful transition period, part 1) we started the conversation that nutrition and management of the dry dairy cow has been an area of extensive research over the last 25 years.

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Recently, a client of mine had been losing what little premium co-ops are still offering for milk quality – to the tune of around $50,000. With this past year’s milk price, this extra cash for achieving quality was a huge loss for my client.

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In my grandfather’s day, everyone milked cows before and after work. My grandfather milked eight “dairy” cows that resembled polled Herefords, traded the cream for corn meal, and my grandmother cooked with the skim. The cow’s calf got to “milk” the cow between milking times.

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Choosing the right teat dip for your farm can be an overwhelming process. There are several germicides in varying concentrations available in the market today. When choosing a teat dip, however, it is important to remember the dip’s most important job: killing organisms that can cause mastitis.

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Editor’s note: This article is the first in a two-part series about how transition cows’ immune systems are impacted by metabolic factors.

The transition from pregnant, non-lactating to non-pregnant, lactating is too often a disastrous experience for the cow.

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