Sauk Prairie Veterinary Clinic Herd the Moos June 2015 calves from heat stressed dry cows have June Dairy Month Rebate a compromised cellular immune system. The Sauk Prairie Veterinary Clinic These effects on the immune system put would like to offer you a “June Dairy these animals at a much higher risk of Month Special” that all clients can take getting sick and dying. Nutrient advantage of. So if you pay your bill for metabolism was altered such that the all services and products you receive in stressed calves deposited more fat in June by July 15, you will receive a 3% their tissues. This can lead to a higher rebate of June services and products on body condition score, lower reproductive your July statement. We appreciate your performance and reduced milk hard work in feeding America and thank production later in life. you for your business! A study from Florida showed many Sauk Prairie Veterinary Clinic of these effects in their small (38 calves) Client Appreciation Picnicstudy of heat stressed dry cows vs. Celebrating 60 Years of Service cooled dry cows. A much higher June 10, 2015 11:30 to 2:30 pm percentage of the heat stressed calves Prairie du Sac Town Hall never made it into the milking herd. It S9903 Hwy 12, Prairie du Sac also took more services to get these Don’t forget to come enjoy a pulled pork heifers pregnant. The final finding was or beef brisket sandwich lunch and visit that these heifers produced 10 lbs. per with current and former SPVC day LESS milk than the heifers from employees and register for door prizes. cooled cows. The difference in milk We will have the winners of the oldest production can pay for the cost of cow contest and the oldest invoice cooling dry cows in a very short period contest also. of time. If your sprinklers are on for Cool Dry Cows = Better Calves! your cows; they should also be on for We are all aware that cooling dry your dry cows. Cool dry cows for the cows/prefresh cows pays off with added benefits for the cows as well as increased milk production and decreased the advantages you will give to the fresh cow problems. However, new calves from cool dry cows. research has shown that cooling dry BI Producer Rebate Program cows affects calves in major ways. Boehringer Ingelheim is offering a Calves from heat stressed dry cows were 5% rebate back on a $500 purchase of 11 lbs. lighter at birth and this difference Polyflex, Today and Tomorrow products extended well into the calf’s first year of from June 1 to July 31. You must mail life. or email in your invoices and their rebate Colostral antibody absorption is form by August 1, 2015. decreased in these calves as well. In addition to the reduction in antibodies, Who’s been a Veterinarian and When at the SPVC? We have had a few inquiries about who has been a veterinarian at the clinic over the years. Here is an abbreviated history with the disclaimer that the early years (prior to 1960) are estimates. We have also included the veterinary school they attended. Dale Kelley 1951-1981 (Iowa State University) Roger Winans 1952-1988 (University of Minnesota) Duane Engh 1962-1993 (Iowa State University) D. Snow 1971-1973 (University of Missouri) Paul Martin 1973-1991 (University of Illinois) Bob Block 1978-2010 (University of Minnesota) Hunter Lang 1982-Present (Michigan State University) Jim Meronek 1988-2001 (University of Wisconsin) John Marks 1992-2005 (University of Wisconsin) Andy Alexander 1994-1995 (University of Wisconsin) Layne Daniels 1996-2002 (University of Minnesota) Lynae Schott 2001-Present (Iowa State University) Kathy Emery 2003-2006 (University of Wisconsin) Darren Zimmerman 2005-2006 (University of Wisconsin) Ann Zielinski 2006-Present (University of Wisconsin) Jon Garber 2007-2008 (University of Pennsylvania) Eric Brummel 2008-Present (Michigan State University) We have had veterinarians visit from Germany, Austria, Japan, Chile and numerous students from veterinary schools in the US and abroad (Iowa, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Germany and we are sure others we have forgotten). Milk Surplus We have now heard from several different sources that processors have too much milk. In New York and Pennsylvania, some producers have been told by their processors that they will no longer pick up their milk. In some cases there may have been some SCC issues or other milk quality concerns but in many instances it sounds like no problems had occurred on these farms. In Wisconsin, several processors have said that if they have milk that arrives at the plant at 45 degrees or above it is difficult to find a home for that product. In the past it was a matter of picking up the phone and away it went. These processors have had to make many phone calls and ended up selling the milk at a steep discount to the market. Everyone should take some steps to insure you do not give a processor a reason to cut you off. Make sure your cooler/compressor is working fine especially with the warmer summer temperatures ahead. Keep cows well bedded and cool which will help reduce cell counts plus try to keep cases of new mastitis to a minimum. Make sure that you are putting the unit on a clean dry teat which reduces plate counts and mastitis cases. If you have any concerns or questions about milk quality, do not hesitate to talk to one of us.