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The Cost of Low Blood Calcium in Dairy Cows

Dairy farmers know the signs of milk fever and how it can impact transition cow performance, but few are aware of the negative impacts of mildly low blood calcium levels. New research is shedding light on how fresh cow blood calcium levels affect fresh cow performance and production.
Dr. Ryan Leiterman tries to answer the following questions and give advice on how to apply the answers to your dairy:

  • What costs my herd more money; down milk fevers or mildly low blood calcium levels?
  • So what if some cows have mildly low blood calcium? They look healthy and normal.
  • What are the preferred treatment options for mildly low blood calcium levels?
  • What groups of cows are at risk of low blood calcium levels upon freshening?

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