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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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We often take vaccination for granted and think it’s just something we have to do, but we don’t necessarily stop to think about what we are trying to achieve. By vaccinating your cows, you want to keep your herd healthy by preventing some infectious diseases, as well as ensuring productivity and profitability.

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One of the primary goals of all livestock producers is to keep their herds healthy. Unfortunately, however, illness is often unavoidable – and some very easily transmitted but deadly ailments can be traced back to one source: clostridium.

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Many dairy farmers have experienced at one time or another a challenge with high bacterial cell counts in the milk tank. And, if you have, you know the struggle to reverse it. It seems no matter what you do, the bacteria keep coming back.

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What if you could know a cow is sick before she shows signs? Well, you can.

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As a kid, I remember gathering around the table after morning chores to eat a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs. What could be better than a hot breakfast after peeling out of bed at 5 a.m. to help my dad get the cows milked?

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“How can I recover more of my lame cows?”

That is a question posed to hoof care professionals by dairy producers frequently.

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