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Utilization of Automated Monitors for Diagnosis of Periparturient Diseases

Posted by Dr. Ric Grummer

Automated technologies for monitoring behavior of dairy cows have recently become more popular in the U.S. This study takes a deeper look at how these monitors could potentially be used as tools for early diagnosis of periparturient events and peripartum health disorders.

 

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Gradual vs. Abrupt Cessation of Milking at Drying off in Dairy Cows

Drying off high producing dairy cows can be a challenge. This article summarizes recent research that investigated different approaches to drying off cows that may have the potential to improve health and well-being.

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Barbara Barton is Research and Product Development Manager for Balchem’s Animal Health and Nutrition division. Barbara began her career as a faculty member in the Animal Science Department at the University of Maine. Since then she has held positions in research and development as well as technical services with feed companies and suppliers to the feed industry. She has extensive knowledge of the dairy production both nationally and internationally.

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Ketosis: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Dave Prentice, DVM

Posted by Dr. Ric Grummer
Dr. Dave Prentice, Balchem Transition Cow Platform Specialist, has spent the last 20 years working directly with dairies as a practicing veterinarian in California and Iowa. This presentation demonstrates the true cost of ketosis.

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Transition Management Checklist

Posted by Dr. Ric Grummer, Ph.D.
It is difficult to find comprehensive reviews on transition cow management. This article does an excellent job of condensing important management information into a comprehensive checklist for farm managers and advisers. Read "Transition Management Checklist" by M. W. Overton, DVM, MPVM.

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European Ketosis Study Examines Nutrition and Management Interventions

Posted by Editorial Team
A study of 4,709 fresh cows in 131 herds in five European countries found that strong associations between ketosis and disease indicates that interventions to improve nutrition and management that decrease ketosis will likely result in a reduction of production diseases. It also found that cows that calved in April to June had the highest odds of ketosis, with about twice as high odds compared with cows that calved in July to September. The cows that calved in January to March tended to have 1.5 times higher risk of ketosis compared with cows that calved in July to September. Read more at the Journal of Dairy Science.

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Free Online Map Offers Cool View of Summer Heat Patterns

Posted by Editorial Team
If you want to keep an eye on weather patterns that will impact your transition cows this summer, a great place to see what’s happening is a Web site from the National Weather Service. Click here, click on the map, zoom in to your location and you can bookmark the image on your mobile device or desktop to get a real-time look at temperature patterns in your backyard.

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Reduce Transition Cow Problems By Maintaining Moderate Body Condition

Posted by Editorial Team
This item by Dr. Ronald L. Boman, USU Extension Dairy Specialist, offers an interesting take on body condition and transition management.

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