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Focused on fresh cows

Proper transition and fresh cow management focuses on maximizing pre- and postpartum health to ensure peak performance in early lactation. Help reduce risks for fresh cow disorders by partnering with your herd veterinarian to establish strong transition and fresh cow protocols.

Four goals of fresh cow management

Fresh cows should be closely monitored and treated as needed to return to healthy cyclicity. Focus on these four key goals:1

  • Reduce stress by minimizing pen moves.
  • Optimize feed intake through properly balanced and presented rations and 30 inches of bunk space per cow throughout the close-up and fresh periods.
  • Ensure cow comfort through all phases of the transition period.
  • Reduce risks and effects of fresh cow disorders.

The first 10 days are most critical

The first 10 days after calving are the most critical time period for fresh cows. Fresh cows should be regularly monitored to determine the disease causing the symptoms so appropriate treatment can be applied.

Fresh Cow Evaluation

Important Safety Information: As with all drugs, the use of EXCEDE is contraindicated in animals with known allergy to ceftiofur or to the ß-lactam group (penicillins and cephalosporins) of antimicrobials. Though safe in cattle when properly administered, inadvertent intra-arterial injection is possible and fatal. EXCEDE has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of 13 days following the last dose in cattle. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal.


  1. Nordlund K. Five Key Factors that Determine the Success of Transition Cow Management Programs, in Proceedings. 46th Florida Dairy Production Conference 2009.


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