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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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Historically, extensive dairy cow lameness is a relatively new problem with many causes.

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Since taking the parlor to the cow is impossible in most modern dairy systems, keeping cows healthy and able to walk without pain is paramount to getting milk in the tank. Matt and Karl Hendel changed their focus from maximum milk production to herd health and have found ways to keep lameness rare, veterinarian costs down and still have high milk production.

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Every dairy producer knows that mastitis can have a substantial impact on milk production and on herd health.

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Mastitis is a bacterial infection of the udder and is still the most costly disease in the dairy industry, with losses estimated as high as $300 per cow a year.

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Bulk tank somatic cell count (BTSCC) is the most commonly used measure of udder health on most dairy farms.

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Recent interest in animal welfare stems often from concerns related to intensive farming techniques.

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