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Genomic Testing Can Decrease Genetic Lag
Until now, genomic information has mainly been used to improve the accuracy of genomic breeding values for breeding animals, but recent Danish research shows it can also be used to reduce genetic lag....
Managing Cow Lactation Cycles
Poor feeding management of cows can lead to shorter, lower yielding lactations and increase calving interval. This report by John Moran from Asia Dairy Network explains the changing feed requirements of cows over the lactation cycle and how to match this...
How to Make Quality Hay: Understand How it Dries
Don't be fooled - delaying harvest will sacrifice forage quality, warns an Ohio forage expert. ...
Vitamin E Supplements Reduced Retained Foetal Membranes in Cows
Retained foetal membranes (RFM) in dairy cattle are never a good thing. Recent research from the Universities of São Paulo and Florida showed that vitamin E supplements reduced the incidence of RFM....
How to Get Rid of Bedstraw
Smooth bedstraw is an invasive and opportunistic weed, which requires management to prevent proliferation in forage fields....
Tips for Cost Effective Calf Rearing
Weaning calves as quickly as possible may seem cheap but there can be some hidden longer-term costs, says Dr Bob James at Virginia Tech....
US Organic Dairy Farmers View Prices as Unfair
Many US dairy farmers are taking advantage of greater economic opportunities by switching to organic production, but farmers still view the price environment as challenging, according to research by the University of New Hampshire (UNH)....
Milk Quotas and Beef Herd: What Will the Effect of Quota Abolition Be?
Many are questioning what role the dairy herd will play in the beef herd going forward as many dairies look to expand after 30 years of quota restriction. ...
Best Practice in Calf Rearing
Calf rearing, Australians have been told, is like a jigsaw, with many vital elements all fitting together in balance. ...
Cheese is Surprisingly Healthy
Why can the French eat a traditionally unhealthy diet and still have a relatively low level of cardiovascular disease? Scientists from Aarhus University have found the secret lies with cheese....
Fluffy Cows: Getting Behind the Internet Sensation
Pictures of pampered cattle went viral on the internet last year. A science student and beef ambassador explains they aren't a particular breed, they've just been given special attention. ...
Early Calf Separation from Cow Leads to Different Social Life
Cows and calves are often separated only a few hours after birth to help improve dairy productivity. However, such separations can have long-term effects on social behaviour when the calf grows up....
Cattle Have No Close Contact With Badgers
Electronic collars have shown that cattle do not commonly interact with badgers at close range....
Rumen Papillae Adapt During Transition Period
Dietary strategies around the transition period are continually evolving, writes a ruminant specialist at a leading US research farm. ...
Heifer Rearing: When Do They Pay You Back?
Recent estimates of the cost of rearing have ranged from £1,000 to £1,500, and tend to average around £1,200, report analysts at DairyCo. ...
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