Category Dairy

What is Dairy Cow Lameness Really Costing You?

dairy cow hoof healthBy Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts

A lame cow is an economic liability on a dairy farm. On a 500-cow dairy with a lameness incidence rate of 20% and a per-cow cost of $90, lameness can cost a dairy operation $9,000 a year. A Wisconsin study estimated the total cost of a lame dairy cow to be as high as $300 per case.

Why is lameness so costly? Treatment, reduced feed intake, reduced milk yield, reduced fertility and increased labor all play a role.

Identifying lame cows can be problematic. Lameness scoring is a common tool used for managing hoof problems. Cow behavior can also be another way to sort out cows with lameness issues.

Overall, lameness can be minimized by increasing cow comfort, avoiding overcrowding, and developing and maintaining a treatment system. Most dairy producers routinely use footbaths to prevent and treat hoof problems, and minimize the incidence of lameness.

Footbath concentrates like HealMax and HoofMax can be effective tools in the fight against lameness.

HealMax is a biodegradable product which achieves results without formaldehyde or heavy metals. HoofMax optimizes copper or zinc sulfate in the footbath to remain effective even at significantly reduced metals levels.

To learn more about reducing lameness on your dairy operation, talk to your veterinarian or hoof trimmer today.

Strategies for reducing copper use in dairy footbaths

By Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts

Strategies for reducing copper sulfate in dairy footbathsCopper sulfate is an effective treatment and preventative for digital dermatitis when used in a footbath. Unfortunately, it’s also expensive, problematic to dispose of, and potentially toxic. The Winter 2016 issue of the Country Folks Cattle Production Guide details strategies for reducing copper use in footbaths, including:

  • Good hygiene practices to keep hooves dry and reduce potential cross-contamination
  • Footbathing intervals based on current leg hygiene and production stage
  • The use of additives (such as HoofMax or DuraHoof) to increase the potency of copper sulfate and reduce the amount needed for comparable results
  • The use of biodegradable footbath solutions (such as HealMax) to achieve results without copper sulfate or formaldehyde

You can read the entire article here.

Visit Us at the Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners!

img_0031By Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts

If you’re at the Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners this weekend, stop by the AgroChem booth! Both Dale and Chip are available to talk about hoof care solutions for your dairy operation. Learn more about how HealMax and HoofMax can help your herd!

AgroChem has relocated!

By Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts

agrochem new production centerAgroChem, Inc. has relocated to a new production center to meet the growing demand for effective, safe chemical products for dairy producers worldwide.

“We know dairy producers are increasingly aware of the importance of health and hygiene in the production of quality milk,” said AgroChem’s President, Rob DeMarco. “With this new center, AgroChem is now one of the only companies focused specifically on the innovation and production of dairy health and hygiene chemicals.”

The new 38,000-square-foot production center features expanded manufacturing facilities, state-of-the art laboratories, a bulk tank farm, and an optimized floor plan. The efficient layout has reduced forklift hours, and the extensive process piping and controls have minimized handling of chemicals. Collectively, all the changes have improved efficiencies throughout the operation, leading to shorter lead times and increased output for AgroChem customers in North America, Europe and Asia.

AgroChem is a leading supplier of various dairy chemical products including hoof care products, teat dips, milk house cleaning chemicals and hay and feed preservatives.

Empire Farm Days Are Just Around the Corner!

By Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts

Empire Farm DaysEmpire Farm Days is just around the corner! The show takes place August 9-11 in Seneca Falls, NY. Be sure to stop by Lot #473B to visit with AgroChem. Learn more about our advanced chemical solutions for hoof care, udder care and equipment sanitation!

Check out the new AgroChem website!

By Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts

dairy hoof health, agrochem websiteAgroChem’s new website showcases all of its advanced chemical solutions for dairy producers! The website features sections on AgroChem’s hoof care products, udder care solutions and milk house chemicals. Dairy producers can also find information on AgroChem products made for automated milking systems.

Check it out today at www.agrocheminc.com!

Going to World Ag Expo? So are we!

By Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts

World Ag Expo, dairy cow hoof healthIf you’re going to World Ag Expo next week in Tulare, California, please stop by the AgroChem Booth #6900 in the Farm Credit Dairy Center. Check out all that’s new in hoof health, dairy hygiene, equipment sanitation and all the advanced chemical solutions from AgroChem!