Tips of the Month

  • Tip 1: Take time to evaluate how well your nutrition program is working. If not already completed, take new forage samples and see how results from these analyses compare to those collected this fall. Do changes need to be made to the rations being fed? Are cows in the proper body condition for their stage of lactation— not too fat near the end of lactation? Availability of starch in corn silage is at its max 4 months after harvest. Make sure that this is reflected in your feeding programs for the milking herd to avoid acidosis and butterfat issues.
  • Tip 2: With the cooler temperatures and a little spare time, take some extra time to review your financial and production records and develop of plan for things you want to work on in 2021.

How Well Are Your Dairy Cows Performing When It Comes to Milk Quality?  Part 1: Fresh Cows

Health of dairy cows within the first 2 to 4 weeks after calving is a critical determinant of milk production and reproductive performance for the entire lactation and directly impacts survival within the dairy herd.  Evaluating the prevalence of cows with mastitis (greater than 200,000 cells/mL SCC) within the first 30 days after calving, can help manage this group of cows and decrease the incidence of mastitis and its impacts on reproductive performance.  

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Is a Protozoan Villain Robbing Your Dairy Calves and Yearlings?

Benjamin Franklin coined the timeless phase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  Although Ben Franklin was referring to fire prevention, this concept holds true on dairy farms as it relates to the prevention versus treatment of clinical disease.  One disease, in its clinical form, that is easily prevented in calves and yearling heifers is coccidiosis.    

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