Let’s face it, no one likes to go to the hospital. Not even your cows. Although we think of a hospital as a place to get well, that’s not always the case for your cows. Moving cows to a hospital pen with a group of sick cows can pose serious risks.1
Consider these risk factors and discuss them with your veterinarian:
Download this worksheet to help you determine pen moves on your dairy and how you can minimize effects on performance.
Work with your veterinarian to set up protocols to help avoid hospital pen moves, especially for fresh cows, and help protect dairy wellness.
1 Punyapornwithaya V, Fox LK, Hancock DD, Gay JM, Wenz JR, Alldredge JR. Incidence and transmission of Mycoplasma bovis mastitis in Holstein dairy cows in a hospital pen: A case study. Prev Vet Med 2011;98(1):74-78.
2 Boe KE, Faerevik G. Grouping and social preferences in calves, heifers and cows. Appl Anim Behav Sci 2003;80(3):175-190.
3 von Keyserlingk MA, Olenick D, Weary DM. Acute behavioral effects of regrouping dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 2008;91(3):1011-1016.
4 Cobbold RN, Rice DH, Davis MA, Besser TE, Hancock DD. Long-term persistence of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Newport in two dairy herds. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2006;228(4):585-591.