digital dermatitis

How Good Herds Fight Digital Dermatitis

Lameness can be a major health concern on many dairy farms. Not only is this an animal welfare issue, but various reports indicate that each case of lameness can cost $90 to $300. One cause of lameness is digital dermatitis (DD), more commonly known as hairy heel warts. This infectious disease is caused by bacteria […]

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Can Dairy Farms Compete for Labor?

We know that dairy farm wages have been climbing rapidly, more so than in most other industries. Depending on the different dairy budgets available, estimated hired labor costs for herds of 200 cows or more vary from $1.80 per cwt. (hundredweight) to $2.30 per cwt. That typically represents 10 to 15 percent of production costs. […]

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digital dermatitis

Digital Dermatitis is Here to Stay

Dairy producers have been battling digital dermatitis (DD), more commonly known as hairy heel warts, for decades. Digital dermatitis was first discovered in Italy in 1974 and has been detected in herds in the U.S. since the mid-1980s. The disease has been reported on 70 percent of all U.S. dairies and on 95 percent of […]

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Hydrogen Sulfide Health Hazards

Since the early 1960s, nearly 150 people have died in the U.S. because of manure-related gas incidents in confined spaces (NCERA 2016). Of those cases, about half occurred on dairy operations. Almost 25% involved a young person under the age of 16. The most common activity at the time a person died was conducting repairs […]

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Reducing Risks from Manure Storage Agitation Gases

Since the early 1960s, nearly 150 people have died in the U.S. because of manure-related gas incidents in confined spaces (NCERA 2016). Of those cases, about half occurred on dairy operations. Almost 25% involved a young person under the age of 16. The most common activity at the time a person died was conducting repairs […]

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