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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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Four dairy veterinarians answered this question: Of herd health challenges that you face with clients, which are the most difficult to address?

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With so many cattle vaccines available – nearly 125 different vaccines are currently on the market – there is a considerable amount of information, and misinformation, out there. To help clear up some misconceptions, Vic Cortese, DVM, PhD, DABVP and Pfizer Animal Health, bust nine common vaccine myths.

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As we head into winter, safeguarding teat condition becomes an important issue. Because colder, windier, and in some areas, rainier weather, all contribute to teat condition problems, maintaining teat condition becomes a year-round effort.

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This article was #20 in PDmag's Top 25 most-well read articles in 2010.

Summary: The Dairy Research Center at Oregon State University served as the first U.S. farm to test out a new telemetric monitoring system. The system included a leg pedometer that measured steps and lying down time, two types of in-line probes that measured milk production, and a scale that weighed each cow after every milking.

Because this article was so popular, we asked the Oregeon State University researchers a follow-up question:

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On average, a person uses 18 gallons of water to take a shower. The average shower length is about 9 minutes with an average temperature of 107.5°F. That’s a lot of hot water for taking a shower. Now throw in laundry, washing dishes, etc., and you can see why a family needs a good hot water heater. It also makes sense that a larger family requires a water heater with more capacity. Right? As a dairy producer, do you know how much water you’re using in the parlor and milk house and at what temperatures?

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Six dairy industry experts answer questions about the causes and ramifications of dairy lameness.

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