Dairy Biological Risk Management

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2005-03-01
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Bickett-Weddle, Danelle
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Ramirez, Alejandro
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Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
The mission of VDPAM is to educate current and future food animal veterinarians, population medicine scientists and stakeholders by increasing our understanding of issues that impact the health, productivity and well-being of food and fiber producing animals; developing innovative solutions for animal health and food safety; and providing the highest quality, most comprehensive clinical practice and diagnostic services. Our department is made up of highly trained specialists who span a wide range of veterinary disciplines and species interests. We have faculty of all ranks with expertise in diagnostics, medicine, surgery, pathology, microbiology, epidemiology, public health, and production medicine. Most have earned certification from specialty boards. Dozens of additional scientists and laboratory technicians support the research and service components of our department.
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The dairy cattle industry has undergone dramatic changes in the last two decades. Some of these changes have included declining operation numbers, increasing herd sizes, an increase of milk production per cow, and farm specialization. While farms continue to get larger, there are still a considerable number of small to medium sized dairies that continue to raise their own heifers and feedstuffs while producing quality milk. This variation in economic base and production style does not end with the number of cattle raised on farm. When designing a biological risk management plan for dairies, one size does not fit all, and we will discuss how to assess different farming operations later in this paper.

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