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You can’t turn off dairy cow stress

Stress is an inevitable part of life for dairy herds. Unfortunately, managing stress isn’t as straightforward as flipping a switch. Unlike turning off lights to save energy, we can’t simply turn off cow stress. Stress arises from various stressors, and there are more than 30 of them that can affect a dairy cow’s health and…

Cow stress, your reality at the farm level

Research in the area of cow stress can be challenging…often during the process, only one or two stressors are studied, enabling cleaner statistics. Yet this isn’t the on-farm reality. Easily in farm situations, there can be several stressors that compound, making a bad situation much worse. We have all seen it. An example: A first-lactation heifer calves and is moved to a mixed…