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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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Change is hard for anybody, and when things have been done a certain way for so long, they tend to continue to be done that way.

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Clinical mastitis is one of the most common diseases in dairy herds, and unfortunately, one that may cause huge financial losses. However, the cost of one case of clinical mastitis varies from farm to farm.

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“There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know.”

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The dry period is essential for dairy cows to allow for regeneration of milk-secreting tissue and prepare the udder for optimal success in the next lactation.

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Over the past dozen years, dairy producers have become accustomed to using DNA technology to speed genetic advancement and manage herd inventories. Now, DNA technology can help with quickly identifying mastitis pathogens.

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Hypocalcemia (low blood calcium level) is a “normal” physiological response in mammals to supply the calcium necessary for colostrum, milk production and immune system activation, if necessary.

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