KY Dairy Notes (October '22)
Tip of the Month
Practice the 3 S’s when managing springers
Softness- providing a comfortable place to lie down which is stocked at < 100% of capacity.
Space—providing adequate bunk space (at least 30 inches/cow) to maximize intake.
Screen- to identify cows, which are failing. Protocols utilizing technology definitely have a place in the management of transition cows. However, they cannot replace the need for a “cow person” to walk around, observe cows, and implement protocols. This serves as a reminder that people with good cow sense and who pay attention to details are invaluable in avoiding potential disasters.
— Dr. Nigel Cook, UW Madison
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Controlling Nuisance Birds in Dairy Facilities
Foot care needs to include preemptive practices to reduce incidence of lame cows