Author Archives: Colleen Dowe

COVID-19 & YOUR FARM

Written by Dr. Vicky Lauer, Professional Services Veterinarian at ANIMART Hand Washing Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, … Continue reading

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Cattle Dewormers

Written by Dr. Angie Garavat, Professional Services Veterinarian at ANIMART Both internal and external parasites can cause decreased weight gains, decreased reproductive efficiency, decreased milk production, an impaired immune system and disease. With dewormers, the goal is to decrease the … Continue reading

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Water Quality

Written by Dr. Angela Garavet, Professional Services Veterinarian at ANIMART Water is the most important nutrient we can give our cattle yet; it is often overlooked. Dairy cows drink on average 30-50 gallons of water a day and produce 1 … Continue reading

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Placing an IV Catheter

Written by Dr. Vicky Lauer, ANIMART Professional Services Veterinarian IV fluids are the fastest and most effective way to reverse severe dehydration in a calf, and an IV catheter allows for extended fluid therapy.   Procedure Lay the calf down … Continue reading

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Cold Stress in Calves

Written by Dr. Vicky Lauer, Professional Services Veterinarian at ANIMART Once again, cooler temperatures are on the way, and now is the time to prepare. To help calves perform to their full genetic potential, several steps must be taken to … Continue reading

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Get a Head Start on Winter Pest Control

Written by Dr. Armon Hetzel, Professional Services Veterinarian at ANIMART Pest control comes in many forms. Although fly season is over; birds, rats and mice can be just as costly to dairy farmers. These rodent’s corresponding disease transmission can lead to … Continue reading

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Addressing Colostrum Quality or Quantity Issues

Written by Dr. Vicky Lauer, Professional Services Veterinarian at ANIMART If you’ve stayed up to date with calf-raising practices, it will be no surprise to hear an average-sized newborn Holstein calf should receive one gallon of high-quality maternal colostrum as … Continue reading

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Deworming for a Healthy Herd

Written by Dr. Vicky Lauer, Professional Services Veterinarian at ANIMART Frequent rains this spring and summer have led to lush, fertile pastures. Grass isn’t the only thing that has flourished with the timely rains though. Parasites reproduce more rapidly in … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget about Your Cow’s Feet During Summer’s Heat

Written by Dr. Larry Judge, Professional Services Veterinarian at ANIMART A good hoof maintenance schedule is one of the most important contributors to a successful dairy operation. Foot health has a direct impact on milk production, and ignoring lameness in … Continue reading

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The Importance of Clean Colostrum

Written by Dr. Vicky Lauer, Professional Services Veterinarian at ANIMART Humans are at a considerable advantage when they enter the world. Babies receive antibodies through the placenta before birth, which neutralize harmful bacteria and viruses and provide immediate protection. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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