Fresh cow health issues


Show simple item record Olson, Jerry D. 2011-07-22T13:53:06Z 2011-07-22T13:53:06Z 2011-07-22
dc.description.abstract The post-calving period is a critical time in a cow’s life. The first few weeks post-calving pose the highest risk period for a number of diseases including milk fever, mastitis, metritis, pneumonia, retained fetal membranes, ketosis, and displaced abomasum. Post-calving diseases adversely affect dry matter intake, peak milk production, and reproductive performance, in addition to increasing the risk of involuntary culling and death. Consequences of disease can be costly. The ideal strategy is to minimize losses associated with disease by preventing their occurrence. However, even with the best management practices in place, it is impossible to prevent all post-calving diseases. For cows that develop post-calving diseases, the challenge is to minimize losses by developing a strategy to identify them as early as possible, implementing effective treatment protocols, evaluating effectiveness of those protocols, and tracking incidence so preventive practices can be re-evaluated when the incidence exceeds a threshold level for an individual disease. A “fresh cow program” is an effective approach to systematically managing post-calving disease by close daily observation of cows during the first 10 to 14 days after calving. By conducting a brief, but systematic physical examination, including monitoring body temperature, disease can be identified as soon as possible and treatment protocols implemented. This approach minimizes losses associated with post-calving disease. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Diary Day, 2003 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 04-129-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 919 en_US
dc.subject Dairy en_US
dc.subject Fresh cows en_US
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.subject Disease en_US
dc.title Fresh cow health issues en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US 2003 en_US
dc.citation.epage 3 en_US
dc.citation.spage 1 en_US
dc.description.conference Dairy Day, 2003, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2003

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