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Early detection can prevent costly losses

Early detection can prevent costly losses

Early detection and intervention are obviously critical for preventing major losses, but the vast majority of ketosis cases are subclinical, meaning there are no overt signs of disease.

Subclinical ketosis in post-partum dairy cows fed a predominantly

Subclinical ketosis in post-partum dairy cows

Cows with concentration of ketones in blood ≥1.2 mmol/L in early lactation had a higher risk of PVD and lower 6-week PR. Cow and herd-level prevalence of SCK varied widely in early lactation.

Early Detection Of Clinical And Sub-Clinical Mastitis

Early Detection Of Clinical And Sub-Clinical Mastitis

Mastitis is the most costly disease affecting daily cattle. Losses occur from decreased milk production, treatment and labor costs, non deliverable milk, veterinary fees, reduced milk quality, reduced milk price, increased risk of subsequent mastitis, culling and death of the cow.

Automated cow monitoring system

Automated Monitoring of Dairy Cows’

Automatically monitored behavioral (feeding and locomotor) irregularities of Israeli Holstein cows were investigated in three dairies in relation to animals’ health status and stress conditions. Feeding behavior patterns were analyzed on the base of automatic on-line recording of feeding events. Indices of feeding behavior irregularities were proposed.
Long lasted feeding behavior irregularities were accompanied by poor health related parameters: higher milk Somatic Cells Count and conductivity, greater body condition loss toward first insemination, and increased cooling rate.

Proper control brings positive returns (Stuart Mackenzie)

Proper control brings positive returns

“About three years ago I was in an aggressive expansion phase. For me to get a good quota, I had to get my cow numbers up quickly. When I got the chance to acquire an Ayrshire herd, I not only could up my milk production, but it also offered me the opportunity to differentiate a little bit in terms of the price I receive for my milk, Ayrshire milk being regarded as different from Holstein milk.”