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Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls, SD.
The NMC session offers a forum for dairy
professionals to exchange information about
practical, on-farm aspects of udder health,
mastitis control, milking management and
milk quality. This year’s meeting features
a new format consisting of short courses to
provide attendees with hands-on learning in
small group sessions.
Short course topics include: milking
system testing and analysis, motivating dairy
farm employees, bulk tank and milk sam-
pling techniques and interpretation of results,
a session for Spanish speaking milkers, and
other topics. Some short courses will provide
on-farm opportunities to apply knowledge
gained. Registration and additional information
will be available at www.nmconline.org.
DCHA seminar keys preventing calf scours
A preventing calf scours mini-semi-
nar, which featured Dairy Calf and Heifer As-
sociation (DCHA) member Robert E. James,
PhD, professor of dairy science at Virginia
Tech, offered some useful reminders on suc-
cessfully preventing calf scours.
According to James, there are various
challenges associated with scours. It is one of
the leading causes of illness and death in pre-
weaned heifers with nearly 25% incidence
(NAHMS Dairy 2007) and causing 62.1%
of deaths (NAHMS Dairy 2002). The results
of scours include dehydration, electrolyte
imbalance, depression, more susceptibility to
other disease and death. The common causes
of scours are bacteria, viruses and protozoa.
While scours can be considerably unhealthy
and even fatal, it is important to note that
a well-formed stool is not normal in young
Dry-cow and calving care
Scours prevention begins with your dry-
cows. Following a vaccination protocol of
dams and calves as recommended by your
herd veterinarian, who is most familiar with
your operation, is highly recommended by
James. Dry-cow nutrition is important as the body
condition of the cow is reflected in her calf
and influences calving ease. Emphasis on
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