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Ready for an Immune Response

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2018

Dairy calf health – and future profitability – is linked to early illness

The first three weeks of life is a vulnerable period for a dairy calf. It’s also a critical time to prevent one of the most common illnesses: scours.

 More than 21 percent of all dairy calves have some sort of digestive challenge, including diarrhea, in the first two to three weeks of life, resulting in more than 56 percent of pre-weaned heifers contributing to more than 3.6 percent of all pre-weaning deaths in the United States, notes David Mathes, director of sales and marketing at DBC Ag Products.1  

Categories: Dairy, Calf Health

Addressing Dairy Cattle Reproduction Challenges

By: Vet-Advantage
October, 2017

In August, the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) hosted a webinar reviewing the challenges of both dairy cattle reproduction and the council’s efforts to improve fertility and resources to producers. The webinar was presented by Jeffery Stevenson, Ph.D., past president of the DCRC and professor of animal sciences and industry at Kansas State University.

Categories: Dairy, 2017 Livestock Winter

Checking on Udder Health

By: Jennifer Ryan
November, 2016

Helping dairy producers reduce mastitis losses can improve everyone’s bottom line 


The most common and costly disease facing dairy cattle is generally considered to be mastitis. Helping producers avoid mastitis-related production losses and treatment costs is an ever-present concern for veterinarians and distributor sales representatives.


Not only are the immediate costs concerning, but every case of clinical mastitis reduces the cow’s production potential for the rest of her lactation, says Linda Tikofsky, DVM, professional services veterinarian (dairy), with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. 

Clinical vs. subclinical

Mastitis is typically caused by a bacterial infection of the cow’s mammary gland. The bacteria can enter through the cow’s teat end. Bacteria may be found in the cow’s environment, such as bedding. In addition, contagious bacteria can be spread via milking equipment or vectors such as flies.

Categories: Mastitis, Livestock Winter 2016, Livestock, Dairy

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