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BRD Basics

Watch as Dr. Ernsberger and Tom Klas from ANIMART’s ProHealth Team explain the basics of BRD.   BRD, or Bovine Respitory Disease, is caused by bacteria and viruses but can be controlled if proper environmental and nutrition conditions are provided and vaccination protocols followed.

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NEW! Legend Heat Detection System ONLY Available at ANIMART

What’s Your Return on Investment? Less open days Increased pregnancy rate More cows producing milk Less use of drugs, semen, hormones Less labor for staff and farm management Watch as Dr. Ernsberger and Tom Klas from ANIMART’s ProHealth Team explain the benefits of … Continue reading

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Q. How can these new electronic heat detection systems benefit my herd?

A. Good pregnancy rates (PR) are dependent on the rate of conception and the heat detection rate.  Conception rate (CR) is the proportion of cows that are inseminated and become pregnant (US dairy herd average is 40%).  And the heat … Continue reading

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Q. How would I use a Brix Refractometer to Measure Colostrum Quality?

A. The Brix scale was traditionally used to measure the percent of sugar in a solution.  Brix refractometers have been used to measure sugar concentration in fluids of wine, fruit juice and honey.   Recently the brix refractometer is being used … Continue reading

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ANIMART Product Profile: BioPRYN pregnancy testing

BioPRYN saves time and money and increases the safety and accuracy of pregnancy testing. ANIMART Sales Manager, Tom Klas, and Veterinarian, Dr. Richard Ernsberger, talk about the benefits of using BioPRYN pregnancy testing and how it works.

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Q: What can happen if I have a positive meat residue screening?

A: Not all carcass residue testing is random— some is mandatory.  If the inspector sees signs of mastitis, metritis, peritonitis/surgery, injection sites and/or pneumonia, that carcass will be further examined for positive meat residue results. Unfortunately, there are certain consequences … Continue reading

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Q: What are some guidelines for good udder prep?

A: The goal of good udder prep is to give adequate teat stimulation to maximize oxytocin release for efficient milk let-down, speed and milk out.  The following are some general ideas to consider when putting together your udder prep protocol. … Continue reading

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Q: I think I have a good vaccination program for protection from BVD but what should I be doing to monitor and prevent introducing a BVD-PI into my herd?

A: A solid vaccine program is significant for protection against BVD.  An immunized animal has a better chance of not forming a PI than a non-vaccinated animal.  An idea for a surveillance program would be: Step 1: Survey presence of BVD … Continue reading

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Learn about ANIMART’s BVD Control Plan

ANIMART Sales Manager, Tom Klas, sits down with Dr. Richard Ernsberger to talk about the importance of testing for BVD in your dairy herd.

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Q. I have heard about some milk sampling program by the FDA, what does that mean to me? Is this different from the drug testing they already run on my milk?

A. Presently, the PMO (Pasteurized Milk Ordinance) requires bulk tank pick-ups to be tested for beta-lactam drugs.  Beginning mid January and going through at least September 2011 the FDA-CVM (Center for Veterinary Medicine) will begin their national program to sample … Continue reading

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