Activity Meters are they Worth the Investment at Calving?

Activity monitoring systems have been in use for many years as tools to manage breeding of dairy cattle. In recent years, there has been a great increase in the number of activity monitoring systems available on the market. Not only are there more options available, but they are used for more than a heat detection […]

Cow Energy, It’s a Balancing Act!

Balancing cow rations can be a challenge, but the basics are the foundation of animal wellbeing and production. There are several factors when it comes to energy to consider: 1. Maintenance – A typical Holstein Friesian cow needs 10% of her bodyweight and 10 Megajoules (MJ) of Metabolizable Energy (ME) per day to maintain general […]

Post Milking Disinfection

Post milking teat disinfection is especially effective against the contagious pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus agalactiae. Teat disinfection is less effective in reducing the new infection rate of “environmental” pathogens such as Coliforms and Streptococcus species other than Streptococcus agalactiae. Control of environmental pathogens requires maintaining cows in a clean and dry environment, good pre-milking […]

Newborn Calves Umbilical Cord Care

It is imperative that a stockperson does all they can to ensure calves are born in clean, dry environments with fresh, dry bedding. At birth the cord ruptures, disconnecting the dam from the calf. The umbilical tail is left dangling from the calf’s navel where it eventually dries up and falls off. Before the cord […]