Sick cows are a huge cost in any herd but in organic herds, they can present extra costs.
Jakob said: “It can be very expensive and for some countries, it is for example a rule that you can only treat a cow three times in its life.
“So, if you have a lot of diseases, you suddenly have cows that you need to slaughter or sell to a conventional farmer. And then you certainly end up not having enough cows for replacement and your business cannot run.”
When an organic dairy farmer has sick cows there are a number of boxes to tick when assessing how to help.
Peter said: “First of all, I look at the conditions he's working under.
Are there any special climatic conditions we have to take into account?
“Is it extreme heat, drought, cold, or humidity, that can affect the frequency of diseases and can affect fertility if conditions are extreme.
“Then I go into analysing what type of genetics will fit this farm and this breed the best and come up with recommendations.
“We have a huge line-up of bulls that will fit well, but you need to distinguish between the profiles of the bulls.
“So, a highly fertile bull that breeds extremely good health, that breed long-lasting, strong, well-attached udders, they will have a profile that fits well for organic farmers.”