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Cattle Industry News By Category: Reproduction and Breeding

08 December 2020
New three-way crossbreeding programme for spring-grazing dairy herds
VikingGenetics has launched a new, three-way crossbreeding programme in the UK, suited in particular to spring calving herds on grazing systems....
30 November 2020
Rearing Dairy Heifers: You can't manage what you don't measure
A better understanding of the implications of calfhood morbidity may help dairy producers reach rearing targets and reduce milk production costs, writes Lucy Ross, a third year PhD student at the University of Nottingham....
16 November 2020
Less energy for cows after leaving out the dry period is beneficial for fertility
Lowering the energy level in the ration at the beginning of lactation in cows that have not been dry improves fertility. ...
17 September 2020
Jump in use of sexed dairy, beef semen
Sales of sexed dairy semen accounted for just over half of dairy semen sales in the year to March 2020, jumping up from a 32% share the previous year, writes Katherine Jack, AHDB analyst for dairy. ...
11 September 2020
Romania's cattle breeding sector gets €7.4 million lifeline
The European Commission has approved €7.4 million to support Romanian cattle breeding companies that have been affected by COVID-19. ...
20 August 2020
Common feed ingredient tested safe in bulls
Cattle feeders choose distillers grains in feedlot diets as an inexpensive alternative to corn and soybean meal. ...
10 August 2020
Ireland makes payments on calf investment scheme
Agriculture Minister Calleary announces that payments have commenced under the Calf Investment Scheme....
03 August 2020
Not all inbreeding is depressing
Inbreeding may decrease the performance of cows, a phenomenon known as inbreeding depression. ...
31 July 2020
China to permit foreign investment in livestock breeding
China’s state planner has said it will encourage foreign investment in livestock and poultry breeding from 2020....
28 July 2020
Genome-edited bull passes on hornless trait to calves
For the past two years, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have been studying six offspring of a dairy bull, genome-edited to prevent it from growing horns. This technology has been proposed as an alternative to dehorning, a common management...
17 June 2020
Improving and conserving the carabao population in the Philippines using the Applied Biosystems™ Axiom™ technology
The future of agriculture lies in diversity. Many parts of the world depend on crops and livestock different from those bred in the United States and Europe, and the agricultural sciences are finally catching up to that reality....
13 June 2020
17 April 2020
Gene edited cattle: are we there yet?
As gene editing technology advances, the possibility of genetically modified beef and dairy cattle is closer than ever. Where is the cattle industry now, and how do we ensure consumer and environmental safety as the technology becomes more widespread?...
29 March 2020
DCHA Conference goes virtual
The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Annual Conference shifts to an online format amid pandemic. ...
12 March 2020
Common feed ingredient tested safe in bulls
US - Cattle feeders choose distillers grains in feedlot diets as an inexpensive alternative to corn and soybean meal. But until now, no one had studied the effects of the common feed ingredient on bull development and fertility. With bull fertility to...
09 March 2020
Genome editing’s potential to reshape agriculture for a better future
Mention genome editing out loud and many involved in the agricultural industry will twitch in fear while others can foresee the precise benefits it can bring....
28 February 2020
English cattle population falls in December
UK - As at 1 December, the total cattle population in England totalled 5.15 million head, 2.2 percent (115,000 head) less than at the same point in the previous year, according to the latest survey from Defra, writes Felicity Rusk, analyst for AHDB Dairy...
14 February 2020
Magnesium boost could reduce slow calving risk
Farmers are being advised to increase the level of magnesium in minerals given to suckler cows before calving after new research found they absorb less than previously thought....
13 February 2020
IFA Urges Farmers to be Particularly Vigilant During Spring Calving
IRELAND - With spring calving now underway on many Irish farms, IFA National Farm Family Chairperson, Caroline Farrell has urged farmers to be particularly vigilant to ensure their own safety....
27 January 2020
Protect your herd against a drop in fertility and milk yield
Now is the optimum time for farmers to protect their herd against a leptospirosis infection which could significantly impact fertility and milk yield....
20 January 2020
Female genomic testing now available in the UK from VikingGenetics
VikingGenetics is expanding its range of services with the launch of female genomic testing and corrective mating packages....
10 January 2020
Claw Disease Tyloma Primarily Genetic in Cows
GERMANY - Scientists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and Georg August University Göttingen have succeeded in proving that a claw disease in cows is primarily genetic. ...
23 December 2019
€1.5m Calf Rearing Package First Step in Supporting Best Calf Care
IRELAND - IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed of a €1.5m grant aid support package for calf feeding systems....
14 November 2019
Keep a Close Eye on Pregnant Heifers on Wheat Pasture
Wise use of wheat pasture can help Oklahoma producers ensure livestock nutritional needs are met during potentially stressful weather conditions heading into January and February. ...
17 October 2019
Fall Calving May Yield Higher Returns, Risk and Profitability Evaluated
The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) have evaluated the risk and returns...
10 October 2019
New Dairy Breeding Method Increases Genetic Selection Efficiency
Brazilian scientists at São Paulo State University (UNESP) collaborating with colleagues at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a dairy cattle breeding method that adds a new parameter to genetic selection...
27 September 2019
Making Semen Purchase Decisions
Choosing which bulls to breed from and buying semen is one of the most important decisions on farm as it shapes your herd for years to come. Here's our guidance to help you get the most from the process....
12 September 2019
Company Wins Grant to Further Develop Antibiotics for Livestock Breeding
GEORGIA - Georgian biotech company BioChimPharm has won a grant from the Georgian Innovation and Technology Agency for its innovative veterinary antimicrobial product – PowerPhage. ...
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