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After having explored the reasons why cows face Negative Energy Balance (NEBAL) (cf Newsletter December 2017) in early lactation and how a Ketosis appears (cf Newsletter March 2018), we will finish this series by talking about how to diagnose this metabolic disease, the risk factors and the treatments. Recent studies show that a ketosis costs around 330€/case. The global prevalence is today estimated from 20 to 40% for subclinical ketosis (SCK) and 5 to 15% for clinical ketosis (CK). This disease has a strong economic and technical impact on a dairy herd, whatever the level of milk production. I will talk about my last diagnosis experience and explain why it is a real issue in Asia. Read more...

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