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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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Milk fever, caused by low levels of calcium in the blood, is one of those conditions that can be a real pain. Providing intravenous (IV) calcium and managing down cows can be one of the most challenging parts of a dairy farmer’s job.

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Do cows experience pain after calving?

This might sound like a silly question – especially for those who have experienced childbirth.

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The transition period is extremely important in the life of a dairy cow. During this period, a cow goes from a state of almost total rest in a non-productive phase to a productive phase, which requires a major adjustment on many levels.

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The Norwegian Red breed has been recognized for its unique characteristics offering superior fertility, good production, and excellent health.

The key factors to achieve these characteristics are the joint commitments of dairy farmers and the dairy industry in Norway to include health in the breeding goal over fifty years, with an effective herd recording system that has been used as disease control. In addition, Norwegian farmers have long believed in reducing the use of antibiotics to better the health of livestock animals.

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As dairy farmers have likely noticed, long-lasting intramammary antibiotics (also called dry cow tubes) are in very tight supply this year.

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If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? For newborn calves, their answer would most likely be immediate immunity.

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