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Heat stress & Lameness

Temperatures have been very high over the summer months and people are enjoying their summer holidays with long days at the beach, water skiing and swimming. At home we turn on the air [...]

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What causes thin solves

Are thin soles a result of too much wear or a lack of growth? This may seem a strange question. Is it not the same thing? If the wear and the growth is out of balance you will either have hooves [...]

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Pay attention to cow behaviour

We are well into Winter now. If the weather stays as it is, it’s going to be a breeze. We made silage on our small holding only a month ago and there is already plenty of grass regrowth in the [...]

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So, what is lameness?

I have come across the comment a few times that people are confused about the advice they are getting regarding lameness. There are contradicting messages going around from professionals about [...]

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Winter feeding

Last month I wrote an article on OAD milking. I got quite a bit of positive feedback from that as it resonated with what farmers were experiencing. This month I want to write about cows on winter [...]

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OAD or TAD? That’s the question.

When you hear a farmer talk about OAD (Once-A-Day) milking it is often noted that cows are so much happier. Milk production does not seem to drop that much, and they have a lot less lame cows. If [...]

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What is preventative hoof trimming?

Do you know what preventative hoof trimming is? Many farmers will do some of their own trimming during the season, and when our contractors go on the farm they are often asked to explain what [...]