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“If you have happy cows, you have a happy life.” This is the mantra Colten Carlson, a 23-year-old dairy farmer from Willmar, Minnesota, considers while helping raise his family’s 1,800-milking-cow herd.

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The economic impact of Johne’s disease on the dairy industry rivals that of clinical mastitis. In the U.S., well over $250 million each year is lost due to reduced milk production, premature culling and reduced reproductive efficiency.

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Pair raising calves is increasing in popularity in the North American dairy industry, where some welfare and productivity benefits have been consistently shown in recent studies.

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Properly storing, handling and mixing milk replacer not only helps the product retain its quality, it also ensures calves are consistently fed. Although it seems that mixing powder and water is simple, many issues can occur that impact both powder quality and animal performance.

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Creating lifelong immunity in baby calves has never been more important. A proactive approach to health, nutrition and management is a must from day one. Having a proper program in place not only improves the health of the animal, but it can also improve resilience to stress and disease.

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Mastitis can spell disaster for dairy farmers. This potentially fatal mammary gland infection is the most common disease in dairy cattle in the U.S. and worldwide.

But a treatment – dry cow therapy – has proven to be effective.

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