Better data management key to driving dairy farm decisions

Better data management key to driving dairy farm decisions

Tools to help dairy farmers collect, manage and analyse on-farm data more effectively must be developed if producers are to improve their management and decision-making.

Data-driven decision making is a necessity on today’s dairy farms, yet many are making important decisions based on intuition and experience, says Victor Cabrera, specialist in dairy management at the University of Wisconsin

How can dry cow therapy reduce the need for antibiotics on farms?

How can dry cow therapy reduce the need for antibiotics on farms?

Take home messages:

- Selective dry cow therapy is straightforward to implement on farm and will reduce antibiotics use. If you have a high incidence rate of mastitis in your herd, veterinary advice should be sought.

- Teat sealants are a useful tool to reduce the likelihood of quarters which are healthy at dry-off becoming infected in the dry period, and should reduce your mastitis rate in the next lactation without having to use antibiotics

Using dairy cow behaviour for early detection of disease

Housed dairy cattle feeding in shed

Using dairy cow behaviour for early detection of disease

Take home messages: