Herd Health

Five secrets to winter teat health

Source: GEA Update your milk quality program now to be ready when winter hits. Frozen teats? Ouch. Elevated somatic cell counts and clinical mastitis? No, thank you. It’s time to prepare your milk quality program for winter. “Healthy teat skin is crucial to help cows fend off intramammary infections,” says Keith Engel, GEA dairy farm

Molds and mycotoxins – alleviating mold and mycotoxin problems

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs You should investigate and eliminate other possible causes of the problems experienced before concluding that molds and mycotoxins may be involved. Expect improved production approximately 5 to 10 days one after corrective actions are taken in many cases. Several weeks to months may be needed to

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Preventing udder edemas in dairy cow

Source: Manitoba Agriculture Food, and Rural Initiatives Like other metabolic diseases which appear at calving time, the causes of udder edema can usually be traced to feeding and management practices during the dry period. In udder edema, there is an accumulation of fluid in the udder. Accumulation begins at the base of the udder and, in

Milking tips from the National Mastitis Council

Source: National Mastitis Council Attitude Makes a Difference Proper milking procedures and a positive attitude are required to minimize mastitis and maximize quality production from a milking herd. Milking should be done by responsible and conscientious persons. Good management dictates that the person milking must be constantly alert to conditions that may spread mastitis organisms from

Calf growth

Source: University of Minnesota Extension You should use both survival and growth rates to measure calf-raising success. Dairy replacement growth rates ultimately affect the timing of puberty. This affects the age of first freshening and lactation milk production. Disease can harm calf growth rate and create chronic problems that limit the calf from reaching full

Quick guide to animal-based measurement protocols

Source: pro Action The Animal-based Measurement Protocols include step-by-step instructions for the assessment of dairy cattle for the following animal-based measures: 1. Body Condition Scores 2. Injury Scores – hock, knee, and neck 3. Lameness Scores This Quick Guide summarizes the general protocols for assessments, specifically during the pilot phase of the benchmarking period. Please

Dairy cow teat condition scoring

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Factsheet written by: Vanessa Taylor – Milk Quality Assurance Program Lead/OMAFRA Teat condition scoring is a valuable tool that has virtually no cost. Teat condition scoring, particularly on the teat end, can provide a heads-up on problems with milking machine settings, the concentration of germicidal teat dips


Source: Manitoba Agriculture Food, and Rural Initiatives What is it? Colostrum or “first milk” is produced in the initial secretions of the mammary gland following the birth of offspring. Colostrum is most commonly distinguished from whole milk because it contains high concentrations of immunoglobulins (Ig), otherwise known as antibodies. Antibodies are proteins which function to identify

Lallemand: effects from heat stress can stretch into fall

Source; Lallemand news release The effects of heat stress can continue long after cooler weather has arrived – even for cows not in milk. In fact, research has shown that proper cooling in the dry period improved subsequent lactation by up to 16 pounds more milk per day and 20 pounds more 3.5-percent fat-corrected milk

BioZyme offers five tips for managing underconditioned cows

Source: BioZyme news release It is that time of year where cattle producers are starting to wean spring calves and are starting to look toward what lies ahead. It is also a perfect time to start evaluating if your cows are in the right body condition. Regardless if you are a spring or fall calving

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