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The dry period is an important time to incorporate prevention points that guard cow health and the health of their offspring against scours. Scours accounts for one-half of all deaths of pre-weaned calves. Of those calves, 74 percent are treated with antibiotics. But the cost of scours goes beyond loss of life and cost of treatment – it also can have a negative effect on milk production in the first lactation.

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Dairy cows are most susceptible to new intramammary infections during the dry period. Infection acquired during that period can have a significant impact on milk production, milk quality, herd removal and reproductive performance post-calving. Here are eight prevention strategies that can help reduce the risk that new intramammary infections develop post-calving.

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