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A Beef Veterinarian Looks at Dairy

The last time I visited a dairy was during my last year as a faculty advisor for the AABP student chapter at North Carolina State University in 2000. Dr. Barrett Slenning and I were the faculty advisers for an annual weeklong Bovine Educational Symposium, commonly called “Cowabunga”. On this annual epic experience, we toured both beef and dairy operations in a different region of the U.S. Barrett is a remarkable teacher and knowledgeable dairy veterinarian. I learned some “dairy stuff” just being around him and touring some well-managed dairies.

Quite frankly, I feel that I have been remiss in not taking the time to spend a few days every few years with one of my dairy colleagues. With almost 20 years since setting foot on a dairy, it was time to make a trip and try to become more connected with the dairy business. Early in October, I took a few days to travel with AABP past president and dairy consultant Dr. Mark Thomas in upstate New York. The weather during my trip to places like Ithaca, Lowville, Pulaski and Newark was uncharacteristically picture-perfect. The autumn leaf colors, gently sloping green pastures and postcard-like barn/silo combinations were set against a crystal-clear blue sky. That’s the way I want to remember upstate New York. However, the 200 inches or greater of snow that falls on this picturesque landscape each year is not something this southerner wants to experience!

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