Sick Cattle Monitoring
Written protocols should be in place and reviewed annually with your veterinarian and employees to ensure that certain procedures are carried out appropriately.
To detect sickness early and provide the best course of treatment.
How to Assess:
Review the sick cattle monitoring protocol to confirm that the following information is included and that appropriate criteria are being met:
- A plan should exist that includes:
- Age group
- Monitoring schedule
- Action (can refer to another SOP)
- Age group
- Emergency contacts must be noted
- Signed by VOR
A template is provided as a guideline; farms may write their own as long as minimum content is met.
National Dairy FARM Program
- The entire herd should be checked daily for signs of disease or injury. This includes:
- Uneven respiration, abdominal distension, swollen joints, lameness, diarrhea, unusual discharges, ears down, body abrasions
- Hygiene, locomotion, body condition, and hock/knee lesion scoring
- Monitor feed and water intake
- Monitor facility to identify facility maintenance needs
- All cattle are observed daily for health issues
- Includes those in hospital pens
- Protocol for flagging, communicating with management, and treating sick cattle must be in place
- Includes calves