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The Cow Signals Series

Jan Hulsen

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Author(s): Jan Hulsen

About The Series

The Cow Signals series presents practical knowledge about animal oriented dairy cattle husbandry in an accessible fashion.

Cows send out signals continuously about their health, well being, nutrition and production. The challenge for every dairy farmer is how to interpret these signals and use them. Knowing what to look for enables farmers to pick up these signals everywhere and anytime. Cow Signals explains how to identify these cues.

The Cow Signals series contains five best selling 'signals books':

  • Cow Signals
  • Hooves
  • From Calf to Heifer
  • Udder Health
  • Fertility

Additional Information

Author Jan Hulsen
Availability In Print
Dimensions Various
Extent Various
ISBN Various
Publication date 2006
Book Type Softcover



A calf every year

Cleansing and coming into heat

  • Nutrition
  • Success factors during transition
  • Introducing heifers
  • Organising calving
  • Calving assistance
  • The newly calved cow
  • The afterbirth
  • Housing and management
  • Monitoring the reproductive tract

Heat observation

  • Success factors during heat observation
  • Using aids
  • Heat signals
  • Oestrus cycle and cycle signals
  • Time of insemination
  • Heifers
  • Insemination technique
  • Standard procedures
  • Insemination and organisation

Getting and staying in calf

  • Many embryos are lost
  • Less stress, less embryo loss
  • Nutrition
  • Pregnancy diagnosis
  • Not in calf: now what?
  • Learning more about the pregnancy
  • Embryo transfer and OPU
  • The bull
  • Abortion

Targets, performance indicators, process management

  • Management
  • Process management
  • Key figures and breeding
  • How cattle farmers in other countries do it
  • Inducing heat and hormone programmes
  • Economics
  • UNOs


Udder Health


  • Mastitis or udder inflammation
  • Structure and function of the udder

Chapter 1: Daily routines

  • In the cowshed
  • Peaceful handling
  • Fresh, dry and cool
  • Hygiene score
  • Hygiene of cows and surroundings
  • Cows at rest
  • Attentive farmer
  • Administering veterinary medicines

Chapter 2: Milking

  • The milking parlour
  • Milking machine in good order
  • Clever standard procedures
  • Identifying infected cows
  • Abnormalities
  • Milking procedure
  • Points to check
  • Teat score
  • The milking robot
  • The group pen

Chapter 3: Weekly/monthly routines

  • Working methodically
  • Consulting advisors
  • How well are you milking?
  • Self-criticism and improvements
  • The dry period
  • Rearing young stock
  • Introducing heifers
  • California mastitis test (CMT)
  • Taking milk samples

Chapter 4: Monthly/yearly routines

  • Our five-point plan
  • Can you do it better?
  • Treating methodically
  • Bacteria: a reference guide
  • Problems and how to tackle them
  • Unclassified notable observations (UNOs)

From Calf to Heifer

Producing dairy cows

  • Investing in the future
  • Age and appropriate care
  • Working with young stock signals
  • Times of risk
  • Standard Procedures

The first few days

  • Before birth
  • The reception area
  • Removing the calf
  • Colostrum: a magic potion
  • Individual pens
  • Scours
  • Treatment of scours

From birth to weaning

  • Keeping calves healthy Calf milk
  • Resistance and hygiene
  • Banishing infectious agents
  • Treatments: careful and clean
  • Solid food
  • Group pen
  • Ready for weaning
  • Assessing condition and rumen

Preparing for pregnancy

  • Vulnerable until the sixth month
  • Respiratory problems
  • Growth, weight and condition
  • Grazing period
  • Grazing naturally
  • Getting in calf
  • Pregnancy testing

The in-calf yearling

  • Look, think, act
  • Rumen fill and dung score
  • Hoof health
  • Mobility
  • Critical observation
  • Knowing and doing
  • Suitable cubicles
  • Final check

Do you always do the right things correctly?




Basic principles

  • Success factors 1, 2 and 3
  • Success factor 4: early and effective intervention
  • Result and monitoring
  • Hooves are home-grown
  • Structure and function
  • The ideal
  • Conditions for healthy hooves
  • Hoof haemorrhages/laminitis
  • Hoof load
  • External hazards
  • Tackle the source
  • The main infectious disorders
  • Load-related, nutritional and metabolic disorders

Day-to-day practice

  • Yearling heifers
  • Heifers
  • Cows in lactation
  • Dry cow management
  • The cow in the herd
  • Fights for dominance and housing

Hoof treatments

  • Prevention is worthwhile
  • Intervention
  • Preventive trimming
  • Trimming in three steps
  • Curative trimming
  • Attaching blocks


  • Using information
  • Continue to improe
  • The economic side
  • Observing cows in the milking parlour
  • Management attention
  • Monitor risks
  • Monitor hoof health
  • Record hoof data
  • Monitor lameness
  • Avoid 'farm blindness'

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