A long life in good health is the obvious ideal for humans. A productive life in good health is the equivalent target for dairy cattle. Over the past decades there has been an increasing awareness of the detrimental impact on profitability and welfare due to levels of dairy cow mortality in the U.S. and abroad. Similarly, the consequences of forced or biological culling of dairy cows due to ill health and injury have highlighted the importance of animal well-being and associated economic opportunity costs. Underlying these issues are the health and welfare implications of conditions such as lameness and mastitis with the potential to decrease production and cause pain and suffering. Such costly diseases or injuries pose an economic problem for farmers and raise the broader question of appropriate cow longevity in contemporary production.
Questions about the DairyLifetime program??
Contact Dr. Craig McConnel, Extension Veterinarian, email@example.com or 509-335-0776.
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