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Early Detection and Treatment ofEphemeral FeverAn Economic White PaperIntroduction:With the arrival of SCR HR™ Tags, that ...
Response Timeline:     Now: The cow was examined and found to have fever. The cow is treated with      Ketoprofen, a Non-...
Conclusion:Using the predictive properties of Rumination Monitoring, the drastic drops inproduction as well as the possibi...
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Early Detection and Treatment of Ephemeral Fever

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Ephemeral Fever, Three-day Sickness, is responsible for drops in production and increases in involuntary culling that are costly to the herd. Left unchecked Ephemeral Fever can run through a herd devastating production and causing abortions. Mortality and Replacement Heifers make up 40% of the costs associated with an outbreak of Ephemeral Fever.

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Early Detection and Treatment of Ephemeral Fever

  1. 1. Early Detection and Treatment ofEphemeral FeverAn Economic White PaperIntroduction:With the arrival of SCR HR™ Tags, that record both rumination and activity, it is possibleto identify, diagnose, and treat illness in dairy herds before they become acute. Earlydetection of diseases like Ephemeral Fever sharply reduces their economic impact.Rumination is the most reliable sign of a happy, and more importantly, healthy cow.Cows normally ruminate for an average of 450-500 minutes per day. When ruminationdrops this is a clear sign that the cow is uncomfortable and probably not well. A drop inrumination minutes is often seen before any drop in production.Ephemeral Fever, Three-day Sickness, is responsible for drops in production andincreases in involuntary culling that are costly to the herd. Left unchecked EphemeralFever can run through a herd devastating production and causing abortions. Mortalityand Replacement Heifers make up 40% of the costs associated with an outbreak ofEphemeral Fever.Situation:  Day 1, 45 DIM: Cow 4382 appears in the health report. Her production has dropped to 47.9 kg per day and her rumination minutes over the last day are lower than usual and lower than normal at 290. ©Copyright SCR Engineers LTD. 2011
  2. 2. Response Timeline:  Now: The cow was examined and found to have fever. The cow is treated with Ketoprofen, a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID).  Day 2, 46 DIM: Cow 4382 appears in the Health Report, 24 hour milk 45 liters; Rumination minutes 310. Cow examined and has fever. Treated with Ketoprofen.  Day 3, 47 DIM: Cow 4382 appears in the Health Report, 24 hour milk 50 liters; Rumination Minutes 340. Cow examined and has fever. Treated with Ketoprofen.  Day 4, 48 DIM: Cow 4382 does not appear in Health Report 24 hour milk 52 liters rumination minutes 390. Cow is returning to full health and production. ©Copyright SCR Engineers LTD. 2011
  3. 3. Conclusion:Using the predictive properties of Rumination Monitoring, the drastic drops inproduction as well as the possibility of cows going down are prevented. This advancedtool prevents the estimated loss of 380 kg or $175.56 per infected cow. Catchingdiseases like Ephemeral Fever early ensures profitability, economic stability, andlongevity for the herd.The Schmallenberg virus that is currently in the wild and infecting animals in Britain,France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany is an arbovirus, and is transferred in thesame way as Ephemeral Fever. Composed by: Sivan Lacker DVM. Dr. Lacker graduated from the Koret School of VeterinaryMedicine at Hebrew University in 2010 and Magna Cum Laude in Biology from the University of Haifa in2006. Sivan holds the position of Product Scientist at SCR Engineering. ©Copyright SCR Engineers LTD. 2011

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