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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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As most of America is struggling through one of the coldest winters in recent memory, dairy producers must start planning for the annual summertime problem of heat stress. While we long for warmer temperatures, heat stress can result in significant losses on the dairy.

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The most significant and economically important pest to dairymen is the biting stable fly. It is often referred to as the beach fly, dog fly, lawn mower fly and other names, some not printable. They attack most mammals, including cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine, dogs and humans. If you have flies feeding on your cows’ legs or flanks, causing them to be nervous and constantly stomp and switch, you probably have a stable fly problem that is costing you money.

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Heat stress defines a condition that involves many factors. It occurs when a cow’s heat dissipation is exceeded by heat load exposure from high environmental temperature and humidity. Her metabolic heat – generated from maintenance and production requirements – adds to the environmental heat index.

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Hoof trimmer: Richard Weingart, North Franklin, Connecticut

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Currently robbing the U.S. dairy industry of $1.7 billion a year, mastitis can be debilitating to a dairy operation because of decreased milk production and increased chronic health problems.

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Building immunity and preventing disease are integral parts of achieving dairy wellness on your operation.

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