Health and Welfare

Health and Welfare

Health and Welfare

Dairy Articles

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.

Negative Energy Balance and Activity

Proper cow care is the basis for good milk production and reproduction. Yet, despite all the effort towards a high level of cow care, the quality of care cows actually get tends to be lesser than the quality of care herd management believes the cows are getting. Let’s unpack this

Mycotoxins? Your Cows Will Tell You…

Feed quality is the basis for profitable milk production. We all try to serve the best quality feed to our cows but as hard as we try, life on a farm brings unexpected surprises when you least expect them.

Implementing an Animal Monitoring System – Part 3 of 3

Once these first two stages have been successfully implemented we would expect that improved cow welfare, improved nutritional control, and improved health of the herd have a positive impact on both milk production and reproductive performance.

Stage Two of Successfully Implementing Animal Monitoring System – Part 2 of 3

On average, the first six to eight months following the installation of an electronic animal monitoring system is the time span needed for a user to master the challenges of running efficient reproduction and health programs on a Basic User level.

5 Ways Electronic Animal Monitoring Helps Reduce Veterinary Treatment Costs

Poor cow health poses a significant threat to profitability. When they’re sick, cows make less milk and require treatments that cost a lot of money.

When Cows Are Left Alone

Conventional fresh cow programs require the “touching” of every fresh cow every day for the first ten days of the lactation. Every cow is checked, every day.