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Taking care of the high-risk fresh cow

Tue, 01/27/2015

Keep fresh cows “fresher” by identifying high risk cows early on.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

high risk fresh cowThe high-risk fresh cow: She’s older (third lactation or greater), had a difficult calving and is battling lameness. She had a longer lactation (more than 350 days) the year before and produced above the herd average.

You know what she looks like, but can you pick her out in the crowd? According to Nigel Cook with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, the number one factor impacting performance as herd size grows is the ability to find the sick cow in the fresh cow pen. Read more

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