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Source: University of Maryland, Sarah Potts Many dairy producers grew up during a time when all heifer calves born on the farm were retained and reared as replacement candidates. However, improvements in pre-weaned calf management, heifer nutrition, and reproductive management have...
Source: OMAFRA Teat condition scoring is a valuable tool that has virtually no cost. Teat condition scoring, particularly on the teat end, can provide a heads-up on problems with milking machine settings, the concentration of germicidal teat dips or the...
Source: University of Minnesota Quick facts Using basic care practices daily can reduce calf illness and death on your farm. Managing heifer calves can help you make sure they: Enter the milking herd quickly. Become strong, healthy and high-producing cows. There’s no single...
Source: University of Guelph Description: Dairy cow feed rations are formulated by determining the animal's total DMI, nutrient requirements, and the amount of feeds available on farm that must be fed to fulfill said requirements. The total DMI varies depending on the...
Source: National Farm Animal Care Council Code of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals – Dairy Cattle, Section 3.4 Animal health is an integral component of animal welfare. Producers should maintain the health of their animals through appropriate...
Source: CowManager The world of dairy farming is ever evolving, and more and more – and increasingly smarter – tools are available to add to the on-farm toolbox. For many dairy businesses, it’s no longer a matter of if they’re...
Source: South Dakota State University Patricia Villamediana, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist Understanding Stressors Courtesy: U.S. Department of Agriculture Dairy cows are susceptible to stress-triggering factors that can have a lasting effect on performance and animal health. Stress can generally be defined as...
Source: University of Kentucky Hoof trimming plays a large role in the prevention of lameness in dairy cattle. The importance of preventing lameness is not only pertinent to the welfare of the cow, but it has economic implications as well....
Source: University of Wisconsin Written by AERICA BJURSTROM, Tina Kohlman and ANGIE J ULNESS The focus point of any herd health program should be on the early detection of sick fresh cows. More than 35% of all dairy cows have at least...
Source: Michigan State University Extension, Michelle Sweeten Updated from an original article written by Jerry Lindquist. In need of more hay? Protect what you have first. The dry weather has left most livestock producers in the Midwest scrambling for more hay. First cutting...