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On July 22, 2017, New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed the first detection of Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) in New Zealand in a dairy herd in South Canterbury, a region on New Zealand’s South Island.

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One of the most frustrating situations for a dairy owner is to find a dead or dying cow and not understand the cause. In the case of sudden death, hemorrhagic bowel syndrome (HBS) should be considered, especially if you own a large, high-producing herd.

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Whenever farmers get sick, have a fever or sprain an ankle, there are countless options of aspirin or ibuprofen to take for pain relief. However, when a dairy farmer’s animal experiences pain through disease or injury, the options are extremely limited.

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The 2014 National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) dairy report shows that on average, 5.6 percent of all full-term pregnancies terminate in a dead calf. Dead on arrival (DOA) or stillborn calves are defined as being full-term but not surviving beyond 48 hours after birth. This average indicates there is a lot of room for improvement in the dairy industry.

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Lean would be one definition of the financial situation in today’s dairy industry. But the concept of lean represents a mindset of farming that takes stock of every step in the production process to reduce waste.

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It seems like every month there’s a new precision dairy monitoring technology introduced to the dairy market. Each introduction coincides with a lot of hype about how this new technology is going to change the dairy industry, with articles in mainstream media about how these new “Fitbits for cows” can be used to identify sick cows and cows in heat.

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