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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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It’s no news the organic industry is growing. With organic milk sales increasing each year, a new wave of dairy producers are seeking safe, sustainable and organic-approved solutions. With this growth also comes great responsibility for both organic dairies and their suppliers.

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Sometimes it is amazing to think about how much hinges on the four teats of the dairy cow. If a teat is damaged or destroyed, we potentially lose the milk from that quarter or, worse yet, with a severe infection we lose the whole cow.

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The old adage that more milk equals more money is quickly becoming a thing of the past. The flood of fluid milk in the market has wreaked havoc on milk prices over the last couple of years and has caused manufacturers to take new measures to protect their viability.

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A two-year study focusing on bedding types and SCC in 325 herds in Wisconsin had a clear result: Herds using sand had less mastitis.

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct number of cows milked per hour in the rotary parlor. The original version stated 24 to 30 cows could be milked per hour. The correct amount is 430 cows per hour. Progressive Dairyman regrets the error.

Producing quality milk really makes a difference to the bottom line at Beranna Dairy, where the 3,800-cow herd strives to stay below 100,000 somatic cell count.

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Mastitis is most often associated with disease of the udder recognized as either subclinical or clinical disease resulting in reduced milk production and potentially a sick cow.

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