It’s the very first edition of the year and it’s packed with insights into mastitis and breeding. This edition is now available to read online in our digital magazine section.
When it comes to mastitis, prevention is a word all farmers are very well acquainted with. M. bovis causes a range of clinical presentations but M. bovis mastitis is particularly disastrous because successful treatment options are extremely limited. For this reason, prevention is crucial, see page 7.
In the Nordic countries breeding for improved fertility has been taking place for more than 40 years. We take a look at strategies when it comes to breeding and how fertility is improved, see page 9.
Dairy Global looks at efficiency and the benefits that come with it. It seems that with a focus on efficiency and productivity, the dairy sector in New Zealand has not only made strides in milk output but is continuously progressing in other avenues too. See page 10.
Management is key when it comes to herd fertility. Floor-type, noise and even altitude can play a significant role in herd fertility. This article focuses on practices that affect fertility and financial sustainability in dairy herds. See page 14
Trace minerals play key roles in many enzyme systems, protein synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism and antioxidant systems, as well as immunocompetency. Therefore, an essential component of a mastitis control programme is to support immune function, which can be achieved through improved nutrition, vaccination and the removal of potential immune suppressors. Udder health and immune function are influenced by the mineral status of the animal… see page 16.
When it comes to ingredients in the dairy ration, how much does the source really matter? This article looks at sulphate sources of trace minerals and it’s harmful impact on dairy cows’ physiological performance… Page 20
Cows infected with E. coli can get severely ill. Rapid intervention with supporting therapy should be a top priority. See page 24