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The Relationship Between Nutritional Status and Bovine Welfare Associated to Adoption of Intensive Silvopastoral Systems in Tropical Conditions
Cattle comfort can be ensured in Intensive Silvopastoral Systems by using woodland grazing to acclimatise livestock to heat and offer protection from changeable weather and thirst, Colombian researchers have found....
Keys to Success When Harvesting Alfalfa as Baleage
Good baleage will be wrapped within 12 hours of baling and have a moisture level between 40 and 60 per cent, according to Ray Smith, Forage Extension Specialist at the University of Kentucky....
Increased Irrigation Water Increases Maize Yield But Decreases Nutritive Value
Increasing irrigation to maize crops lowers the metabolisable energy contents of the forage, according to research by Dr Rafiq Islam at the University of Sydney. ...
Use of Nutraceuticals for Improving Animal Health During the Transition Period of Dairy Cows
Feeding fatty acids such as omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid to peripatrurient cows can reduce common health issues such as inflammation, metabolic and infectious diseases, digestive disorders and oxidative stress, according to Italian researchers....
New Pasture Hope for Saltland Grazing
Melilotus Siculus, a cultivar of Messina offers grazing productivity increases on saline or waterlogged pastures and is set to be commercially available in 2015 thanks to work by the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)....
Farm Land Values: Alberta's Changing Crops
Constantly shifting farmland prices have seen Alberta land values increase by 2.9 times, whereas Saskatchewan has only seen marginal increases. Generally the appeal of farmland as an investment and a future reserve has increased demand. ...
Precision Feeding Dairy Heifers: Strategies and Recommendations
Heifer production profitability rests on feed efficiency. Geoff Zanton and Jud Heinrichs of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at Penn State University have analysed the precision feeding systems for dairy heifers in a controlled feeding environment....
Field Drying Forage For Hay and Haylage
Leaving cut alfalfa in a wide swath maximises sun exposure and aids drying, say extension educators at Wisconsin University who recommend wide swaths covering 70 per cent of cut area....
Phosphorous In Wheat Can Be Improved
We now know why some cereals have higher phytase levels and, thanks to researchers at Aarhus University, how to makes it more readily available....
Effects of Diet Energy Levels Fed During the Dry Period on Performance Parameters of Dairy Sectors
Dry cow feeding could affect dry matter intake and milk protein content, according to research undertaken at the University of Illinois that explored energy levels....
Management Issues With Dry Cows and a New Feeding System for Improved Health, Welfare and Performance
Periparturient cows showed a three fold decrease in vet costs after being given high energy diets, says David Beever, a consultant from Ireland, who gathered evidence from 270 dairy farms finding that culling rate, weight loss and fertility all improved....
Forage Focus: Stretching out the Spring Flush of Forage Growth
May is a vital time for spring 'flush', when forage grasses should achieve 70 per cent of growth and perennial grasses reach full head, writes Chris Penrose, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Morgan County....
Predicting Grass Silage Timing 2013
Irish farmers are being advised to walk silage frequently to assess crops, after a delayed spring has caused growth rates to fall to around a third of average at 20 kg dry matter per hectare for April....
Alfalfa For Grazing
With total season weight gains of over 800lb/acre observed in trials and demonstrations, alfalfa grazing could be a worthwhile way of extending the productive life of your alfalfa hay stands, according to Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky. ...
Colostrum Supplements and Replacers: What is the Difference?
Instructions accompanying colostrum should be carefully read and followed, advises Janna Kincheloe Back, South Dakota State Univeristy Extension Research Associate who adds that quality colostrum should only contain 50g/l of primary immunoglobulin....
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