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Silently robbing your bottom line

Thu, 10/30/2014

Unlike its clinical counterpart, subclinical hypocalcemia isn’t readily detected. Yet, afflicted cows are at a greater risk for metritis, displaced abomasums and culling.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

transition cow A cow that’s come down with milk fever is easily recognizable. Oftentimes, the cow, unable to stand, has its head against its side, and its ears are cold to the touch. This metabolic disease has long plagued our transition cows, but, over time, we have developed and implemented strategies to lessen its prevalence.

While the cow exhibiting clinical signs of disease clearly requires our intervention, a more serious threat may lurk among its seemingly normal herdmates. Subclinical hypocalcemia lies below our visual detection threshold. But, there may be opportunities to intervene here, as well. Read more

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