Animal health

Claw health

Hoof care resources

Published: 7/31/2013 Written by: Monica Wadsworth

Lameness is at the top of the list of animal-welfare issues in the dairy industry today. According to researchers in the Welfare Quality® project, farmers estimate about 5% to 10% of their dairy cows suffer from lameness, while the average is closer to 25% of the herd. This means an estimated average loss of €200 ($285) per cow, per year.

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Diseases and disorders

Managing BVDV infections -- a challenge beyond vaccination

Published: 3/20/2002 Written by: Ann Lindberg Stefan Alenius

Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is endemic to many countries. BVDV is managed differently in Scandinavian countries than in other countries. Protecting herds that are free from BVDV can reduce the incidence of new infections, and biosecurity plays a large part in reducing herd infections.

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Do you know how much mastitis is costing you?

Published: 5/20/2011 Written by: Monica Wadsworth

Do you know how much mastitis is costing every year? Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky extension dairy specialist, has developed a tool to help you calculate the economic impact of mastitis due to lost milk production. Individual farm data can be entered to calculate losses, and a dashboard shows you what’s happening in your herd.

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Claw health management

Footbath alternatives

Published: 3/28/2007 Written by: Nigel B. Cook

With the price of copper sulfate increasing and environmental concerns about copper levels in soils, many producers are searching for footbath alternatives. However, there seems to be some confusion about what different products are doing, so it is time to review footbath goals.

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Claw Health Management

Using locomotion scoring to put together a program to reduce lameness on the dairy

Written by: Michael T. Socha Dana J. Tomlinson T. L. Ward

Lameness problems reduce herd profitability both directly through milk losses, and indirectly through reduced fertility and increased culling. The first step in decreasing lameness is determining incidence level and severity. Locomotion scoring identifies all levels of lameness in a herd, especially those cases which may not be identified by casual observation.

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