Dairy Disease Management

The future of dairy herd is dependent on the health and welfare of your cows. Adherence to a comprehensive disease management programme can effectively and efficiently control infectious disease in any dairy herd. Thorough animal care enables dairy farmers to provide a healthy, safe and wholesome milk supply.

Milk Fever

Milk Fever is the most common metabolic condition that usually occurs around three days either side of calving. In the early lactation stages, a high producing cow’s calcium requirements exceed her ability to mobilise calcium reserves (bones) and absorb enough calcium from the diet.

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Grass Stagger

Grass Staggers occurs when the intake of magnesium is exceeded by its output. It is common in spring due to an increased requirement of magnesium for lactation and the decreased magnesium content of lush green pasture.

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Hardware Disease

Accidental ingestion of sharp pieces of metal can result in perforation of the stomach wall and can lead to hardware disease.

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Sub Clinical Ketosis

Subclinical ketosis is defined as high serum ketone body concentrations without observed clinical signs. Ketosis results from the excessive use of body fat and skeletal muscle to supply additional energy, most often in early lactation.

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BVD

BVD is a common cause of respiratory and reproductive issues in the herd. It can be transmitted through a congenital infection of the fetus or after birth. Vaccines are available but careful monitoring of the herd has to be carried out.

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Eczema

Facial Eczema is caused by fungal spores that occur on pasture during warm moist conditions, usually late summer to autumn.

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