Dairy Herd Network once published a short article online entitled,"Focus on dry-off for better milk quality." It stressed the need to minimize exposure to pathogens to prevent new udder infections and to manage existing sub-clinical infections. To achieve the stated goal of better milk quality, the dairyman is advised to:
• Administer dry-cow intramammary tubes.
• Use an internal teat sealant.
• Vaccinate against E. coli mastitis.
You can read this article here.
My first thought when I read this piece was how we all tend to compartmentalize almost everything into smaller and smaller boxes. We have ‘production programs,’ ‘fresh-cow programs,’ dry-cow programs,’ and so on ad nauseam. What we really need is a universal animal health program. Some basic tenets of such a program would be:
• Start with the soil. Make sure your crops are grown on fertile, highly mineralized, biologically active, high organic matter soils that are free from herbicides, insecticides, antibiotics and GMO contamination.
• Feed only feeds that are inherently "natural" to the species…feeds that are appropriate to the species, age and intended production. In dairy cows this equates to a nutritious, high forage diet. Avoid urea, animal fats, cottonseed and excess protein.
• Provide an environment or lifestyle as near as possible to one inherently natural to the species.
• Provide a source of free choice individual minerals, trace minerals, salt…and kelp.
• Provide immune support at critical stress periods. Focus on the pregnant female and the newborn.
• Schedule regular and frequent checks of water quality, stray voltage, production equipment and handling procedures.
• Pay attention to genetics…avoid inbreeding and cull vigorously. Genetic expression is greatly influenced by nutrition and environment.
• Believe in what you are doing. Be skeptical of bought-and-paid for research. Trust your own powers of observation. Remember Albrecht’s aphorism; "Read books and study nature, if they don’t agree, throw away the books."
Animal health does not come in a bottle or a vaccine or a teat dip. Over a period of time, adherence to the natural principles listed above will minimize having to focus on symptom relief or avoidance.
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The first guideline to achieve that goal is – "Always focus on the cause of a disease, not the symptom."
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