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Dairy Articles and Videos

View our news articles and videos to learn what’s new in the dairy industry as it relates to topics like vaccinations, mastitis, reproduction, technology and more.

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Finding a better way to vaccinate young dairy calves

After decades of believing vaccinating young dairy calves is ineffective, a study shows that they do respond to vaccines. Learn more about vaccination timing for dairy calves and the way efficacy trials are conducted.

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Producer panel: sustainability in beef production

Hear from cattle producers as they share how they’re improving the sustainability of beef cattle production within their operations. Read about the role of animal health in their sustainability plans and the advice they have for other producers.

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What’s changing with cattle implants in 2023?

Hear from Dan Thomson, D.V.M., Ph.D., as he shares the upcoming FDA changes for beef cattle implants and how they will impact the industry.

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Dr. Todd Bilby.

Value of synchronizing bull-bred cows and first-calf heifers

Reproductive efficiency is crucial to increasing profits. Learn from Dr. Todd Bilby about the benefits of synchronizing bull-bred cows and first-calf heifers as he answers questions about optimizing reproductive health.

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Ask This Nutritionist: Pros and cons of not having to reimplant

Considering delayed-release implants? Hear from Marshall Streeter, Ph.D., as he explains the pros and cons of not having to reimplant cattle to improve performance.

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Finding a better way to vaccinate young beef calves

After decades of believing vaccinating young calves is ineffective, a study shows that young calves do respond to vaccines. Learn more about vaccination timing and the process to bring innovative products to market.

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How to get the most out of your activity monitoring system

When you set up your dairy cow activity monitoring system, it’s crucial to consider all customization options that will best meet the needs of your operation. This investment can help strengthen your herd management approach.

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Banamine Transdermal.

New option to control fever due to acute mastitis in lactating cows

Fever caused by acute mastitis in lactating cows can lead to performance issues that impact your operation. Discover a solution that can help reduce fever when used to treat your herd.

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Optimizing calf health for the move to group housing

Minimizing stress caused by moving dairy calves to group housing is critically important when raising healthy calves. Learn how to prepare your calves for the transition.

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Dr. Tom Wakefield

Bringing simplicity and labor savings to dairies treating mastitis

Treat mastitis in your dairy cattle with confidence using an easier, safer treatment option recently approved by the FDA.

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H. Somni in cattle

Is H. somni a problem in today’s cattle populations?

H. somni is a major cause of bacterial pneumonia in cattle industries. Learn about the risks and symptoms of H. somni in cattle and prevention strategies.

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What additional benefits should I expect from giving calves an implant and a parasiticide at turnout?

Dr. John Hutcheson explains how an effective implanting program helps cattle reach their genetic potential more efficiently.

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Sustainability through animal health and productivity

Fifth-generation rancher Stephen Diebel shares the animal health and productivity practices he implements to improve cattle sustainability. 

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Reducing dry period mastitis in cattle

Seven strategies to reduce dry period mastitis

Follow these seven strategies to help prevent new IMIs and set dairy cows up for success post-calving.

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How to maximize the quality and value of beef x dairy calves

Beef x dairy crossbreeding is a growing trend that is here to stay. Learn how to maximize the value and quality of your beef x dairy cows.

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Aubrey VanLaan of Walnutdale Farms

Take a virtual tour of Walnutdale Farms

Watch a video tour of Walnutdale Farms and learn how Allflex monitoring technology from Merck helps them care for the herd of 1,600 Holsteins and 700 Jerseys.

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Cow data monitoring mobile app

New mobile app for Allflex DataFlow™ II System delivers real-time cow monitoring data from anywhere

Merck recently launched a dairy cow monitoring mobile app to help dairy producers manage cows better and more efficiently. See how it works.

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Safe-Guard for deworming

Set a deworming strategy now for success over winter

It’s never too early to start thinking about your fall deworming strategy. Here’s why you should get a head start for winter success.

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New Dry Cow Care DAIRY CARE365® training module

New Dry Cow Care DAIRY CARE365® training module

The new DAIRY CARE365 e-learning module, Dry Cow Management, focuses on the importance of proper cow care at dry-off and during the dry period.

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Optimizing immune function in neonatal calves

Vaccinating a newborn calf doesn’t mean it is immediately protected. Learn about other contributing factors to various diseases and how to prevent infection.

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Giving a vaccine to beef cattle

How do we keep antibiotics working?

The list of new antibiotics for cattle isn’t growing. From prevention to detection and treatment, learn about the Health for Animals association’s roadmap to keeping cattle healthy.

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Checklist for newborn calves moving to hutches

The beginning of a calf’s life can dramatically impact the future. Use this checklist for moving calves to hutches to improve immune function and minimize disease risks.

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Preventing pinkeye in dairy cows

Three-prong approach helps put a stop to pinkeye

A comprehensive IBK management plan is critical prior to pinkeye season to prevent infection in cattle. Learn how to develop an effective plan.

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Economics of extending days on feed: live, carcass or grid sales

See the results of a trial that tested the economics of increasing days-on-feed and takeaways for your feeding and implant program.

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Top five reasons to implant calves at weaning

From economic benefits to ease of use, discover five key reasons to implant calves before they head to the feedlot.

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Elevate care to protect against BRD

Protecting cattle against BRD begins with good animal husbandry practices and a comprehensive vaccine program.

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Deworming cattle to maximize performance

Deworming to maximize cattle performance

Parasites negatively impact the overall health and performance of cattle. Learn how to deworm beef cattle for maximum efficacy in four key steps.

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