These files are courtesy of Dr Paul Dettloff and Organic Valley Dairies in the USA. Articles have also been contributed by Dr Richard Holliday, USA. Some of their recommendations are specific to the USA style of confinement dairying but most of their suggestions are useful in NZ. They are based on decades of experience with veterinary consulting for dairy herds wanting natural remedies for profitable, long lived cows. Their primary message is that cow health starts with fully mineralised soils and access to free choice minerals, kelp, hay and high brix pastures.
Dry off Cows
Natural Calf Care
Natural Treatments for Calves
Cow Performance – Soils and Minerals
Growing Healthy, Heavy Calves
Grow Medicinal Milk and Robust Heifers – Phyllis Tichinin’s advice for delayed dairy calf weaning
How the Rumen works