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A number of nutritional products and feeding management strategies can be used as supportive treatment for various metabolic and infectious diseases. Proper nutrition can minimize the incidence or help control metabolic, infectious, and reproductive disorders in a dairy herd. In this fact sheet information will be presented on the topics of clinical testing, supportive therapy, and prevention of common disorders affecting dairy cattle. It should be noted that infections may complicate a situation and may be the primary factor in some disorders that appear to be entirely metabolic in nature.
There are several indicators that a possible nutritional problem exits. Consider the following when evaluating a herd.
There are several fact sheets and publications available from Penn State that provide more detail on several of the disorders presented here. They include:
Supportive clinical tests would be the same as those listed under the section on off-feed problems. Herds with a high incidence of ketosis may also be complicated by infectious involvement. There is also evidence of either too low or high protein intakes with these particular herd problems.
Supportive treatment would be very similar to those listed under the section on off-feed conditions. There are some additional treatments that can be administered. These include:
Preventative steps or precautions in addition to what is listed under the section on off-feed conditions include:
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