Cow Longevity Conference 2013 - proceedings
The large share of involuntary cullings associated with health and fertility problems has become a concern to the dairy industry. As much as 70-80% of all cullings are involuntary, and the main three reasons reported are lameness, mastitis and fertility problems. Not only is this an animal welfare problem, but it is also very costly for the dairy farmer, so these issues need to be addressed.
Fortunately there is plenty of research and knowledge available to support the dairy farmers, and the solutions do not have to be radical changes and large investments. Even simple things that improve the cows’ comfort can have a dramatic positive effect.
DeLaval hosted a conference around this subject - the productive lifetime of the cow - gathering leading scientists from around the world and from different fields of research at their farm Hamra in Sweden on August 2013.
Read a summary of the conference here
Download the proceedings from the conference in a pdf file here