Farm-specific milking protocol can improve milk quality, udder health PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Written by Keith Engel   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 13:27

Your farm most likely has a milking routine that you’ve had trainings on or discussed during team meetings. Consistently following this routine is critical to producing high-quality milk.

el_english_badgeWhile there is no routine that fits every dairy, the routine chosen by your farm should be followed by every person on every shift, at every milking, to ensure your goal of efficient and healthy milk harvest.

Here is a list of tasks that should be considered when developing a milking protocol on your farm:

Provide calves immediate immunity PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Bobbi (Kunde) Brockmann   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 12:01

Calves are born without an active immune system and rely on you to provide them protection from diseases. To provide calves with immediate immunity, they need to consume 150 grams of immunoglobulins or antibodies. More antibodies may be required in situations where calves may be exposed to greater disease challenges.

The calf consumes these immunoglobulins by drinking four quarts of high-quality colostrum and from antibody products. Colostrum is the first milk produced by the cow after giving birth. The calf should be fed colostrum within the first six hours after birth. Antibody products can add to the protection provided to the calf.

Why do we vaccinate calves on our dairies? PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Jorge Delgado   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:33

Recently, I was working on a dairy and an employee asked me to create a calf vaccination protocol because he wanted to better understand why he vaccinated the calves. I think everyone should understand how vaccinations work and, most importantly, why we use them.

el_english_badgeFirst, we must understand that all calves are born without antibodies that help protect them against disease. The only antibodies that they can receive are those ingested through the colostrum from the mother during the first hours of life. This is known as passive immunity, the transfer of antibodies from the cow to the calf via the colostrum.

The importance of closely following pinkeye treatment protocols PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Written by Scott Hand   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 10:21

0312el_hand_5Why is early treatment of pinkeye important?
Pinkeye, a contagious bacterial infection of the eye, can deliver a major economic hit to dairymen in terms of decreased milk production, weight loss and treatment costs.

Left untreated, pinkeye can rapidly spread through a herd. Pinkeye results in swelling, pain and, in severe cases, ulcerations and even blindness in an estimated 2 percent of affected cattle.

Early detection and treatment of pinkeye limits the spread of this highly contagious condition. Face flies are a major culprit when it comes to transmitting pinkeye.

Once a fly lands on the eye or eye area of an infected animal, the pinkeye bacteria can live on its legs and wings for up to three days, allowing a single fly to infect numerous animals.

Taking care of the newborn calf PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Juan Quezada and Edgar Castañeda Martinez   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:38

el_english_badgeLong ago, someone asked me about the reason newborn calves die. What do you think it is? I believe there are many factors involved, and the best way to avoid newborn calf deaths lies in preventing those factors. The following are a few practical tips to help avoid the unnecessary loss of calves.
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