By Martin R. Green

ISBN-10: 1845939972

ISBN-13: 9781845939977

Dairy cow herd wellbeing and fitness is a vital and common subject in huge animal veterinary perform and farming, protecting either preventive medication and wellbeing and fitness advertising. With the circulation in the direction of huge scale farming, the future health of the herd is necessary as an monetary unit and to advertise the future health of the members inside it. This booklet makes a speciality of illnesses inside herds, herd husbandry practices, youngstock administration and environmental matters. significant illnesses and prerequisites are integrated, resembling mastitis, lameness, and foodstuff, in addition to metabolic and customary infectious ailments from a herd overall healthiness standpoint.

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In addition, since a key element of herd health management is the regular monitoring and analysis of farm data, decisions over how best to communicate the results of our analyses are crucial ones; the content, format and presentation of this information will vary enormously between farmers depending on their individual requirements and preferences. Such decisions need careful thought and should be reviewed over time, including asking for feedback from farmers as to the usefulness of the methods employed.

For example, we might mobility score the milking cows and report the percentage that are lame. We often then contextualize this for the farmer, by telling him how this compares to other farms and may point out some of the disadvantages of lameness, especially in terms of reduced milk yield, cost of treatment, culling and so forth. Thereafter we often make two (rather large) assumptions. First, because we have told the farmer that there is a problem and have discussed it on numerous occasions, we assume that he must now know that there is a problem; and in particular we assume that he must now perceive the entire problem in exactly the same way that we do.

Such an approach also demonstrates a close interest in (and hence great care for) the farm’s success. Always relying on messages to be passed on will often prove ineffective. It is also wise to apply our previous comments about uncovering what motivates individual farmers to the entire farm team. It is highly likely that different team members will be motivated by very different things. The shrewd practitioner will take the trouble to identify what motivates each person and use this knowledge to good effect.

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