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Herdsman mistakes can be avoided PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Written by Tom Fuhrmann   
Monday, 02 May 2011 08:42

An important part of a herdsman’s job is to treat sick cows. Good herdsmen draw upon their knowledge, experience and what they learn from the owners of their dairies, veterinarians or other specialists. But the best herdsmen not only do the right thing, they do the right thing all the time.

el_english_badgeMagazines like El Lechero help you by providing information to diagnose and treat sick cows. So let me explain how to avoid some mistakes I see which prevent good herdsmen from being great.

 
Maintain a solid workforce on your dairy PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Management
Written by Santiago Ledwith   
Friday, 29 April 2011 14:54

When visiting different dairy operations, it is relatively easy to tell the difference between the operations that are doing well and those having a rough time. Large, medium-sized and small dairies that are successful all have several characteristics in common.

I believe the common denominator that stands out in the successful operations I visit is that they have all developed a solid workforce.

The dairy workforce will be neither effective nor efficient, though, if the personnel in charge of the different areas on the farm are not ideal, not trained, not qualified, not motivated or not fairly and appropriately evaluated.

 
Questions about milk quality PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Friday, 29 April 2011 14:22

What is the difference between contagious and environmental mastitis pathogens, and why does it matter?

Mastitis is caused by many different types of bacteria, which invade the udder by gaining access through the teat canal. Once inside the gland, these microorganisms multiply and produce harmful substances that result in inflammation, reduced milk production and altered milk quality.

Microorganisms that most frequently cause mastitis can be divided into two broad categories: contagious pathogens and environmental pathogens.

 
Nature vs. nurture: Cow comfort and its effect on animal health PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Written by Fabian Bernal   
Friday, 29 April 2011 13:52

Metabolic and environmental stress during the transition period and through lactation alters the efficiency of the immune system, making cows more susceptible to infectious diseases with subsequent impairment of productive and reproductive performance; as well as the physiological consequences of a stressful environment. This includes competition for feed and ranking within the group, cow comfort, overall environment, weather and human contact with animals, among others.

The role of dairy managers and herdsmen is to ensure that good agricultural, hygienic and animal husbandry practices are employed. The focus should be on preventing a problem rather than solving it after it has occurred.

 
Quality and speed together!?! PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Management
Written by Tom Wall   
Friday, 29 April 2011 12:37

Do you think it’s possible to work fast and still do a good job? Or do you think the only way you can do a good job is by working slowly?

When I lived in Chihuahua, I was always amazed at how fast the street food vendors could make some of the best burritos, tacos, and tortas I’ve ever had.

They didn’t need to make food slowly in order for it to taste great. And, of course since they’re serving food, they always kept their food carts very clean and organized.

 
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