Category Archives: Fresh Cow Solutions

Tail Docking in Dairy Cattle: The End is Near

What’s the Issue? Tail docking practices ending globally The National Milk Producers Federation has set January 1, 2017, as the date for producers to end participation of tail docking Please be aware some co-ops may end tail docking even sooner … Continue reading

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Potassium Deficiency

What’s the issue? Potassium is a confusing mineral in regard to dairy cow requirements: during the dry period, dietary potassium needs to be restricted in order to reduce hypocalcemia risk post-calving, but during early lactation cows need to consume fairly … Continue reading

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Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)?

What is the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)? The FDA recently released updated guidelines that will go into effect in spring 2017. The FDA asked all drug companies to voluntarily remove the growth promotion labels from their antibiotic products. All of … Continue reading

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Issue of the Week (June 17-22): Retained Placentas & Impact on Lactation

Retained Placentas & Impact on Lactation What’s the issue? Failure to expel afterbirth 48 hours after calving can have a long term effect on how well cows do in their lactation. What’s the impact? Common issues that can occur from … Continue reading

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Issue of the Week (March 31-April 6): Ketosis

What’s the issue? In many high-producing herds, ketosis may occur fairly early in lactation, often during the first two weeks after calving.  Today’s cows often are producing so much milk early in lactation that they cannot eat enough to meet … Continue reading

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Mastitis: To Treat or Not to Treat?

At PDPW’s Annual Business Conference, Dr. Pam Ruegg spoke on the present challenges against mastitis pathogens, which are vastly different from those 25 years ago. Increasing pathogen diversity changes the criteria for treatments and control programs. Ruegg conducted a study … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Mastitis

“Mastitis is really a simple disease,” Dr. Pamela Ruegg stated during her breakout session at PDPW’s Annual Business Conference. “Mastitis is simply a bacterial infection of the udder. It should be really easy to control; all you have to do … Continue reading

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Q. In year’s past, we’ve seen a lot of chapped and poor conditioned teats during the winter. What can we do to prevent this from happening? And, how do we treat teats that come in like this?

A.  In the winter teat skin can become chapped, dry and cracked. Cracked skin is more sensitive, easily irritated during udder prep and this irritation can interfere with milk letdown. Also, cracks in the skin are a prime site for … Continue reading

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Q. I’ve been hearing a lot about drug residues lately within the dairy industry. What are some best practices for residue control?

A.  As consumers become more critical of the food supply, farmers need to become more critical of their own operations. Residue management is in the hotseat today, and the majority of residue violations in slaughterhouses come from dairy cattle. That means … Continue reading

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Q. What can I do to control Staph Aureus and what steps can I take to combat this both in the Dry and Lactating period?

A.  Staphylococcus aureus, a contagious microorganism, is typically found in teat canal keratin and chapped teat skin.  Transmission is by transfer from an infected quarter to uninfected quarters via milking equipment, udder cloths, and/or milker’s hands so a significant part … Continue reading

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