About this Research Topic
Disease diagnosis, prevention and effective treatment are areas that we have observed remarkable improvements in dairy herds. However, there have been impacts on dairy producers from new legislation, market preferences, increasing concerns with antimicrobial use and animal welfare. There has been an urgent need for research focused on technologies and approaches aimed at supporting advancement to match these challenges. Improvement of disease prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment in the dairy herd is critical to address many of these challenges. Outcomes from research in this area include science-based information to support effective and feasible creative solutions. Research that will support the dairy industry by fostering animal health and well-being, as well as creating a more productive, sustainable and safer food-chain.
For this Research Topic, our goal is to attract research on disease prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of the dairy herd. Manuscripts that highlight the relevance of the study findings towards a feasible and sustainable dairy production system are preferred.
Manuscript that address one or more of the following are welcome:
• Evaluation of current and novel herd management approaches for disease prevention, control, diagnosis, and treatment in the dairy herd, including infectious (e.g. mastitis and reproductive disease) and metabolic disease.
• Assessment of herd management practices to reduce the risk of disease or treatment of dairy cattle with antimicrobial drugs. This includes nutritional studies that evaluate animal health during periods of high risk of disease.
• Assessment of approaches to improve on-farm communication and training related to disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
• Economic and cost-effectiveness of practices focused on disease prevention and diagnosis, including cost-impact of reducing antimicrobial drug use.
• Evaluation of current and new cow-side approaches that support timely disease diagnosis and treatment decision in dairy cattle.
• Epidemiological studies evaluating impacts of current and novel intervention for disease treatment in dairy herd on the cow’s microbiota using culture-based and sequencing technologies, including evaluation of impacts on antimicrobial resistance.
• Studies focusing on potential new targets for improvement of disease diagnosis and treatment, including the use of sequencing approaches of individual microbes or the whole microbiota.
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Keywords: dairy heard, animal health, animal well-being, animal productivity, dairy farm, veterinary epidemiology
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