Practice Tips

Diet plays key role in heifer mastitis control

Managing mastitis in dairy replacement heifers includes several preventative measures, including dietary supplementation to improve the udder's resistance to infection. FULL STORY »

Try to avoid body condition loss now

Cows in many Midwestern herds are calving in marginal body condition. Short hay and standing forage supplies as well as expensive supplemental feeds, are partially to blame. FULL STORY »

Make the most of drylotted pairs

As we head into spring and summer, many producers are coming up short on pasture forage and may be considering drylotting cows and their calves. FULL STORY »

Five steps to improve heifer reproduction

The gold standard for monitoring reproduction in heifers, just as in cows, is how quickly open heifers are converted to pregnant heifers, noted John Lee, managing veterinarian, Dairy Veterinary Technical Services for Zoetis. FULL STORY »

Take advantage of eCVIs

The federal Animal Disease Traceability Rule, which will go into effect March 11, establishes minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. FULL STORY »

The euthanasia treatment protocol

Death is an unfortunate reality of livestock production. Ohio veterinarian Fred Gingrich offers advice on determining when euthanasia is appropriate, and how to do it humanely. FULL STORY »

'Raw counts' can be useful

Greg Goodell, DVM, Heifer Authority, Greeley, Colo., says there are many ways to monitor disease on the dairy. FULL STORY »

Feedlot storm preparation

Anne Burkholder, owner of Will Feed, Cozad, Neb., knows how to prepare her feedlot for an impending winter storm. Last week Mother Nature dumped about 12 inches of snow on her 3,000-head feedlot, but she was ready. Prior to the storm Burkholder shared a storm preparedness checklist on her Feedyard Foodie blog. FULL STORY »

Managing water issues on the feedlot

Feedlot calves drink approximately three times their dry matter intake (DMI) in the fall, winter and spring. That increases to about five times their DMI in the summer. FULL STORY »

Mastitis monitoring starts with case definition

Monitoring of mastitis rates and events is common on dairies given the prevalence of the disease, and having a plan for developing case definitions and protocols is critical. FULL STORY »

Hypothermia & newborn calves

Whether you are a dairy producer who calves year round, a beef producer who may calve early, or if you have a calf that is born under less-than-desirable conditions, hypothermia is something that we need to be concerned about, especially this time of year. FULL STORY »

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