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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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Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is an economic challenge to dairy producers. It continues to be the major cause of death in weaned calves and can lead to poor performance later in a cow’s life.

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Dry cow therapy is designed to treat subclinical infections over the dry period to give cows a fresh start in the next lactation. It can also be used to prevent new infections around dry-off.

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After making a number of changes in the freestall barn and parlor at Legacy Farms in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, the farm has reduced its number of treated cows to less than 1 percent.

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Like other technologies and practices, dairy producers face increasing pressures regarding antibiotic use from consumers and regulators. Dr. Brian Lubbers, DVM, Ph.D., believes producers must embrace “antibiotic stewardship” to ward off even greater antimicrobial restrictions.

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Are you milking your cows efficiently while optimizing milk yield and milk quality? The goal in any milking routine is to synchronize timing between milk letdown and unit attachment. Units should be calmly attached to clean, dry teats.

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Early detection of mastitis cases is considered the best option to allow cows the best chance for a quick recovery. Until now, mastitis detection has been based on seeing clinical signs, such as a swollen quarter or flakes in the milk.

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