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Controlling Flies on Dairy Cattle

With the wet spring we have had, increased numbers of flies are expected. While 100% elimination is not possible, it is possible to control and reduce fly numbers.  In the June 2016 Wisconsin Agriculturist article Controlling Flies on Dairy Cattle, UW-Extension Marathon County Dairy & Livestock Agent Heather Schlesser discusses the toll flies can have […]

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Dairy Cattle Dehorning Practices

Removing horns from dairy cattle is an important farm safety practice because it prevents injuries to people and cattle. Removal of the horn or horn bud is a painful procedure and can be minimized by disbudding/dehorning cattle at a young age with proper pain management. Ideally, disbudding/dehorning should occur prior to six weeks of age. […]

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May/June 2016 Dairy Partner El Compañero Newsletter

The 2016 May/June Dairy Partner El Compañero Newsletter is now available online.  Topics include early calf disbudding and pain management, calf scours vaccines, and ways to pregnancy test cows.  The Dairy Partner/El Compañero is a UW-Extension newsletter designed for dairy farm employees.  Written in both English and Spanish, the newsletter provides basic information about dairy cows, farm safety, and personal […]

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Dairy Cooling: The Benefits & Strategies

Heat stress adversely affects dairy cows in a variety of ways. A cow suffering from heat stress, for example, produces less milk, conceives less often, and is at a greater risk of contracting a range of debilitating and even deadly diseases. The severity of the effects directly related to heat stress vary significantly by climate, […]

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Managing Heat Stress Podcast Series

One of the most common mistakes when managing heat stress is not knowing when heat stress begins. Animals will experience heat stress sooner than people, so it’s important to understand what’s too hot for dairy cattle. In this four-part podcast series, UW-Extension Biological Systems Engineer David Kammel, UW-Extension Green County Agriculture Agent Mark Mayer, and Vicky Lauer, ANIMART Professional Services […]

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