Health and Welfare

Health and Welfare

Health and Welfare

Dairy Articles

How to Successfully Implement a Monitoring System

Many farmers are intrigued by electronic animal monitoring. They’ve heard that it “works,” but how will it work on their farm?

Finding Herd-Wide Issues Early

he dairy business is a business where problems don’t disappear, they only get bigger. Most, if not all, of health and reproduction issues are a symptom of an issue that occurred weeks or even months before.

Cow Stress, Health, and Longevity

For decades the scientific community has tried to answer the question “What plays a bigger role in determining the propensity for improved health and longevity, is it genetics or is it the environment?”

The more milk a dairy cow produces, the more profitable she will be

Maximizing a cow’s potential to make more milk is relatively simple: feed her well, bring her back to health when she gets sick, and make sure she’s comfortable. Do these three things right and she will respond with improved milk production in this lactation as well as improved reproductive performance to ensure another lactation, in time.

Problem Solving in the Dry Pen

The dry period is the most important stage of the lactation. It prepares the cow and her udder for the upcoming lactation as well as delivering a healthy calf. These are two important components of generating revenue for the dairy.

The Importance of Cows’ Access to Feed

Feeding practices have a huge impact on herd health and performance, so the importance of delivering a consistent feeding program is paramount to herd profitability.

Managing the Heat Stress in Your Herd

As a professional hoof trimmer, I have experienced days so hot that I wished I had a swimming pool nearby to dive into. This summer has seen excruciating high temperatures in Western Canada, with temperatures in Alberta hitting 40 degrees Celsius!

Early Detection of Health Issues

The overall goal of herd health management programs is to ensure the optimal care and well being of dairy cattle. The two key aspects of a successful health management program are 1) timely intervention, and 2) the administering of effective treatments. The earlier a sick cow is identified and effectively treated, the lesser the negative economic impact of the illness will be.

Don’t Lose it Over Labor

Robotic milking is a hot topic as labor shortage weighs heavily on dairy owner’s minds.

Assessing Effectiveness of Veterinary Treatments

There are two aspects to the management of a dairy’s health program. The first is the management’s ability to identify sick cows in a timely manner. The second is administering the proper treatment effectively.