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New Year New Goal - Monthly Milk Recording
Benchmarking cows is made easier with strong data sets, allowing herd health to be monitored closely, according to Teagasc, Ireland's agriculture and food development authority. ...
Decisions That Determine Your Farm's Direction
Long-term decisions about business direction and profitability are more influential than macroeconomic fluctuations like milk and feed price, says a Virginia State Extension Agent. ...
Studies Suggest Mastitis is Not Just a Dairy Issue
Beef producers should look at mastitis like the dairymen do, suggests Cathy Bandyk, a Nutritionist at Quality Liquid Feeds who says that milk production is responsible for over half of pre-weaning calf weight gain variation....
How to Manage High Somatic Cell Count in Late Lactation
It is mastitis decision time this month for farmers drying cows off with high somatic cell counts, advise Irish dairy specialists at Teagasc....
Plummeting Somatic Cell Counts: The Changes Made at the UF Dairy Unit
Unless implementation is correct, mastitis control will not yield lower somatic cell counts on your farm, explains Eric Diepersloot, Herd Manger of the University of Florida dairy herd. ...
Making Sure Somatic Cell Count Does Not Rise With Temperatures
As summer hots up, look at controlling mastitis pathogens by limiting fly populations, using teat sealants and in severe cases, using vaccines, advises Christina Petersson Wolf, Extension Dairy Scientist at Virginia State University. ...
Parity-dependent Association Between TNF and LTF Gene Polymorphisms and Clinical Mastitis in Dairy Cattle
A team of Polish scientists has found little evidence that certain genes code for higher mastitis immunity after conducting a study on a large herd in western Poland. ...
Weather Impacts Somatic Cell Count
Although the trend across the state is of improvement, somatic cell counts in South Dakota can increase when the weather turns wet, writes Alvaro Garcia, Dairy Specialist at South Dakota State University. ...
Strategic Use of Diagnostics
With such a wide choice of diagnostic tests available, Life Technologies explains how to choose the best option in any given situation....
Florida Dairy Industry Statistics: Herd Performance Measures and Benchmarks
Wide ranging aspects of Florida dairy herds are analysed in this paper from University of Florida including lactation peak and milk quality. The huge swings in herd numbers across the state show quick recovery from the 90's decline by K.G. Arriola and...
Association Between Season and Somatic Cell Counts For Cows in Irish and UK Dairy Herds
February to August is a key period for mastitis infections, this has emerged from research done by UK scientists drawing comparisons with somatic cell counts and the time of year. ...
The Value of Diagnostics
Infectious disease continues to be the biggest cause of economic loss for livestock farmers. At a time when input costs are high and margins are being squeezed, losses due to culling, poor growth, variability and treatment need to be minimised, if businesses...
Completeness of the Disease Recording Systems for Dairy Cows in Scandinavia
Disease-recording systems in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are designed to ensure that the data for veterinary-visited cases is complete but researchers there found that is not the case for clinical mastitis in Nordic countries, leading them to...
Sub-clinical Mastitis and Associated Risk Factors in Lactating Cows in Nigeria
Sub-clinical mastitis is prevalent among lactating cows in the Nigerian Savannah, according to new research from that country. Prevalence was affected by the cow's age, breed and individual milk quarters as well as milking practices, such as hand washing....
15 Ways to Reduce Somatic Cell Counts
With forthcoming guidelines for 400,000 somatic cell counts (SCCs), more and more dairy producers are driving down SCCs in their bulk tanks, but they always have room for improvement, even on the best operations....

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