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Ketosis Management Tool

09:21AM Feb 25, 2015

AgSource introduces KetoMonitor, an economical and convenient tool to predict herd-level ketosis prevalence using monthly DHI test-day milk samples. 

The KetoMonitor report:

  • Estimates herd ketosis prevalence on the day of milk test.
  • Guides management and nutrition decisions.
  • Alerts farmers when blood testing protocols should be employed.
  • Tracks the impact of management changes on transition cow health.

KetoMonitor can be used to evaluate monthly ketosis prevalence and can identify when blood testing should be done. When incidence is greater than 15%, research shows the expense of blood testing every fresh cow twice is justified.  

However, when herd incidence levels are below 15%, time and money spent on blood testing can be saved. KetoMonitor can provide a consistent prevalence indicator month to month. 

The KetoMonitor report tracks ketone levels over a period of twelve months. That allows producers to analyze the impact of seasonal and management changes. 

“KetoMonitor is an amazing new tool to more closely monitor and manage a costly, common disease,” says Robert Fourdraine, vice president of AgSource DHI Operations. “It provides a comprehensive set of tools to monitor and manage transition cows.” 

KetoMonitor was developed by Heather White, Tawny Chandler and Gary Oetzel from the University of Wisconsin Dairy Science Department and School of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with AgSource.