ANIMART's taken a proactive approach at answering dairy farmer's questions about the proper ways to handle down cows.
Dr. Mike Costin, ANIMART Professional Services Veterinarian, authored a comprehensive Down Cow Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for veterinarians to use as a template for customizing to your farm.
For an example of the Down Cow SOP, Click Here.
For a Spanish version, Click here
Dr. Costin's SOP discusses the five M's for assessing the situation of a down cow:
In addition to the five M's, the SOP discusses proper use of equipment, humane euthanasia and the keys to establishing a "Down Cow Team."
The members on this team are to be chosen because of their commitment, intelligence and compassion to the industry, farm and animals. A team leader should be established that can be a descision maker on the farm.
Click here for tips on how to successfully implement the Down Cow SOP.
*ANIMART's Down Cow SOP Example is a resource for farms that may implement Down Cow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for their operations. The materials contained in this Example are intended to provide farms with guidance as the farms establish their own Down Cow SOP, and are not intended to be the final SOP for any specific farm. Each farm facility and "off-the-shelf policies" that have not been tailored to the particular facility are not considered to be compliant.