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Importance of Vaccinations and Vaccination Protocols

Herd health management is vital to profitability and production to each operation. Many animal health problems can be controlled with good management, proper nutrition and vaccinations against diseases. Vaccination protocols are a necessity for each operation. The investment in prevention … Continue reading

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Cold Weather Strategy

(Reviewed: January 20, 2017) We live in the Midwest and Northeast regions of the country for a reason – we can handle the cold, wind and snow Mother Nature throws at us every winter, but what about our cows? They have … Continue reading

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Intranasal Vaccination: Protect your Calves

Intranasal (IN) vaccination of calves for respiratory disease has several advantages. IN vaccines stimulate a stronger local immune response because the modified live microorganisms are delivered directly to the mucosa lining the inner surface of the nose. This mimics a … Continue reading

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Importance of Calf Electrolytes

Why are electrolytes important? Scouring calves lose 5-10% of their body weight per day in fluids Calves will die from dehydration alone once they reach 12% dehydration Calves become acidotic (too much acid in the blood) from losing electrolytes in … Continue reading

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Microfiber Towels vs Dairy Paper Towels

Many milking products have a time and place to extrapolate the best performance for a given application.  Knowing when and how to use a product properly can prove difficult for even the most experienced dairyman. Mastitis is the number one … Continue reading

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Clostridium Perfringenes Type A

What’s the Issue? Clostridium perfringenes type A overgrowth in the abomasum and/or small intestine. Mycotoxicosis (feed sources) in mature cows and inconsistent feeding practices for calves are believed to play a role. What’s the Impact? Results in clinical diseases such … Continue reading

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Colostrum: Mother’s, Replacements and Supplements

Why is Colostrum Important? Calves are born with a barely functional immune system Need antibodies, or immunoglobulins (IgG) to be protected from pathogens Calves can only get IgG from colostrum Absorb IgG through the gut straight into the bloodstream Not … Continue reading

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Metaphylactic Use of Therapeutic (Injectable) Antibiotics:

What’s the Issue? Producers and veterinarians use certain therapeutic antibiotics metaphylactically during times of increased risk for the development of respiratory disease. Producer’s preferences sometimes favor the use of antibiotics in lieu of prevention by upgrading facilities and/or management. What’s … Continue reading

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Consumer Perception

Issue of the Week (Sept. 4-13): Consumer Perception What’s the issue? The perception of consumers’ on the treatment of food producing animals What’s the impact? Public perceptions of common practices on dairy farms (eg., dehorning, tail docking, castration, etc.) are being … Continue reading

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Issue of the Week (Aug 26-September 1st): Ketosis

Type II or Early Lactation All Type Ketosis  What’s the issue? Cows on many farms are getting clinical ketosis during the first two weeks of lactation. Cows are ‘set-up’ for ketosis by reduced feed intake around the time of calving. … Continue reading

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