ASM ISSUE: 218 Stem Cells to Treat Mastitis?
Mastitis is considered the most expensive disease in the industry. The Dairy Site says it may cost a dairy farmer over $400 and also damages the future output of a cow. This condition is usually treated with antibiotics. However, due to the threat of antimicrobial resistance, researchers are coming up with a new treatment plan.
Researchers from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine are looking for solutions derived from stem cells. Gerlinde Van de Walle, the lead researcher in the study, is also the Harry M. Zweig Assistant Professor in Equine Health.
ASM ISSUE: 219 Is Low-Cost the Optimal Choice for Calves?
I dropped by Dairy Herd Management and came across an interesting article. For the longest time, I had been wondering if low-cost calf feeding was the ultimate way to improve gains for dairy farmers. I guess the article by guest writer, Robert B Corbett DVM, PAS, answered most of my questions.
The cost of raising a heifer is usually calculated as cost per day/head. Many dairies will feed their heifers with lower-quality milk replacer or hospital milk to minimize the cost as much as they can. Other industries like swine, beef or poultry determine their profit by the “cost per pound of gain.”