Modern dairy operations involve increasingly large commitments of capital,
management energy, and business resources. Sophistication and dairy operations
make the dairy farm among one of the most prolific places in American
business for the necessity and presence of scientific disciplines. Interdisciplinary
support, at great cost, includes genetics, veterinarian medicine, pathology,
engineering, microbiology, nutrition, economics, linguistics, and oversight
of the inter-reaction of all these areas together.
Millions of dollars of cows, housed and milked with millions of dollars
of buildings and machines on valuable land, can be derailed by the simplest
- Small amounts of stray voltage;
- Small inconsistencies in pulsation;
- Subtle imprecision in vacuum, vacuum regulation, or equipment installation
- Subtle engineering mistakes;
- Simple, but highly important sanitation procedures;
- Imprecision in medicinal regimens; and
- Trace nutritional imbalance.
Domina Law Group has handled, successfully, dairy loss cases involving
each, and all, of the above areas. Dairy losses can be astronomical, 7
and 8 figure amounts accrue quickly, if not intercepted timely. This article
deals with a few of the problem areas involved in modern dairy practice.
Three decades of scientific literature now establishes the need to maintain
well grounded, professionally installed, suitable electrical systems in
and around dairy barns. Dairy animals are susceptible to behavioral, health,
and production impairment when any electrical current is allowed to run
astray, outside its intended patterns, and up and down metal, or fluid
processes to affect cows.
Common examples of small amounts of stray voltage – indeed as small
as the voltage from a single flashlight battery can include:
- Poor or incomplete milk let down;
- Depressed milk production;
- Rapidly increasing somatic cell count and various kinds of mastitis;
- Disruption, or depression, of the estrus cycle;
- Poor fluid intake if the electrical current is found in the water supply; and
- Numerous other difficulties.
Stray voltage can have its origin in a variety of problems. These can range
from inappropriate installation to unsuitable repairs or maintenance.
Nutritional Management is a complex subject requiring highly professional
input for modern dairies. No effective summary of the issues can be made
in a brief, general overview of this kind.
Effective feeding programs must, however:
- Balance all ration components and provide for their presentation in suitable
particle sizes and mixes;
- Consist of constantly tested, high quality components;
- Reflect state-of-the-art awareness of both clinical and computer-based
- Avoid reliance upon strictly text book balancing, by combining this information
with clinical observations.
A number of good publications on this topic are available. One, recently
revised at June 2006, is a publication of the University of Nebraska’s
Extension Service. It is available at www.ianrpubs.unl.edu-g1629.pdf.
This general overview is a worthwhile evaluative tool. Another excellent
resource of Michigan State University may be found
The Dairy Parlor
Domina Law Group's work includes litigation against manufacturers of
rotary dairies, and their components, for defective designs or installation.
Rotary dairies are gaining increasing acceptance. They are complicated
machines, requiring more consultation than is generally furnished strictly
by the manufacturer.
Oftentimes, government compliance seems like a hassle, and an extraordinary
cost. But, compliance can assure careful review of systems, and prevent
much greater problems. Some helpful guides can be used by producers to
evaluate whether their vendors are performing appropriately. The Manual
provides an effective checklist, ASAE installation standards, cleaning
guidelines, facilities checklists, and a helpful overall management tool.
Construction tips and manuals for dairy setups are also available.
Legal Services are available from a variety of sources. Many lawyers are
competent at particular areas of practice. Agricultural law and dairy
matters, specifically, require people who speak the language, understand
the circumstances, relate to producers, and are experienced in dairy work.
The best lawyer, with no awareness of the facts, and no background, can
be reduced to ineffectiveness by selecting a case inappropriate for the
lawyer’s skills. Clients send strong messages about their conviction
to their case, and their insistence upon precision, completeness and quality
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