Dr. Hue Karreman: Putting “Cow Signals” to Work on Your Farm

Hue Karreman

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Cows send out signals continuously about their health, well-being, nutrition and production. The challenge for the farmer, grazier or herdsman is how to interpret these signals and act on them. A group of Dutch dairy veterinarians developed a system of interpreting the behavior, posture and physical characteristics of groups of cows and individual animals. Dr. Karreman is one of only a few certified Cow Signals trainers in North America. His presentation will also touch on hoof and udder issues within the Cow Signals system.

Hubert Karreman, V.M.D., is a Pennsylvania-based veterinarian specializing in organic dairy herds. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a longtime dairy practitioner in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, working in emergency, surgery, reproduction and internal medicine primarily for certified organic dairy farmers. He recently limited his practice to internal medicine for organic cattle. He is an internationally recognized expert in the non-antibiotic treatment of infectious disease and nonhormonal treatment of infertility. He recently finished a five-year term on the USDA National Organic Standards Board (three years as livestock chair) and was on the AVMA task force for complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) that wrote the current AVMA Guidelines on CAVM. He recently founded a company based on providing functional alternatives to antibiotics and hormones. He is author of two books for veterinarians and farmers, Treating Dairy Cows Naturally: Thoughts and Strategies and The Barn Guide to Treating Dairy Cows Naturally, both published by Acres U.S.A. He is staff veterinarian for the Rodale Institute.

(1 hour, 13 minutes, 38 seconds) Recorded at the 2014 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Columbus, Ohio, Friday, December 5, 2014.

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