Make sure no holes exist in your animal well-being program

As we get ready to ring in the new year, this is a good time to look around at your operation and make sure no holes exist in your animal well-being program.

 

David Wolfgang, extension veterinarian at Penn State University offers this tip to dairy producers.

 

It is usually profitable to focus the greatest effort on the animals paying the bills — that fact cannot be overlooked.

Remember that every animal under our watch, no matter its economic value, requires more than just some food, water and getting by, says David Wolfgang, extension veterinarian at Penn State University.           

Small bull calves need adequate colostrum even if they are only going to be on the farm for a few days. Lame cows, injured or recovering cattle need special attention, not just to the basics. When appropriate, they also need attention to pain and discomfort. Cows that have lost significant weight need time and space to be rehabilitated. Heifers and dry cows that aren’t putting milk in the tank still need a clean, comfortable environment and a well-balanced diet.           

Take a hard look around your dairy and make sure no holes exist in your animal well-being programs, says Wolfgang.