Fly Control and Pink Eye
Added June 4, 2012. In this timely article Jerry Brunetti highlights the 'one potential unsavory outcome of fly persistence, namely pink eye, scientifically called keratoconjunctivitis. Pink Eye is an infectious bacterial disease caused by the bacterium Moraxella bovis, which attacks the cornea, or the transparent layer of the eye which allows light in.' Jerry examines the problem in detail plus provides short and long term solutions involving natural treatments plus building immunity by improving the natural balance of trace elements in the soil. To read more of Jerry's wisdom please go to:
Deep Pack Barns for Cow Comfort
and Manure Management
Added January 30, 2012. A deep pack barn system generally consists of a foundation of concrete or hard clay with a layer of gravel and then a bedding pack of straw, hay, sawdust or well-chipped wood shavings. Manure and urine mix into the bedding that remains in place for several months and is generally cleaned out once a year.
A deep pack system is different from a composting pack that is aerated in the barn daily by tiller or turning. As with any type of housing structure, adequate bedding and good milking hygiene help manage the pathogens naturally found in a bedded pack system. For the pros and cons of this system please click here.