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Reducing SFAs to Improve Human and Cow Health
Speaking at the British Cattle Breeders Conference, Ben Bartlett from the National Milk Laboratories in the UK, explains the benefits of analysing saturated fatty acids in milk, not only to improve consumer health, but also cow health. Charlotte Johnston,...
Winter Cold Stress on Cattle
Factors that create stress during the winter months are cold, wind, snow, rain and mud. The primary effect on animals is due to temperature. All these factors alter the maintenance energy requirements of livestock, writes the Ohio Beef Extension team....
Lameness in Cattle: Debilitating Diesease or a Disease of Debiliated Cattle?
A growing concern of the dairy industry is to increase dairy cattle wellbeing in anticipation of a demand from the general public of welfare-certified dairy products. Lameness is one of the most important welfare issues of high producing dairy cows in...
Less Mastitis through Targeted Selective Breeding: Mammary Function
Recent findings have enhanced our understanding of the functional role of these genes and genetic pathways in bovine mastitis, according to the final scientific report from the EU group, Sustainable Animal Breeding (SABRE) subtitled 'Cutting Edge Genomics...
BVD - A National Eradication Programme 2012
David Graham, from Animal Health Ireland looks at a national eradication for bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD)....
Investing In Transition Cows Will Pay Back
The transition period is the key to unlocking a cows productive and reproductive efficiency. The three weeks prior to and following calving are essential, discussed Mary Beth de Ondarza, a US dairy nutrition consultant and member of the European Board...
Bid To Ban Export Refunds For Live Cattle
Eurogroup for Animals is calling on the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States to eliminate all subsidies for the export of live animals to third countries with immediate effect....
Setting Health & Safety Standards For The World
International standards for food safety and animal health and welfare can be and often are contentious issues, writes TheCattleSite Editor in Chief Chris Harris. ...
Toxocara Vitulorum Found In Calves - VLA Report
The most commonly diagnosed causes of diarrhoea were cryptosporidiosis and rotavirus in young calves, coccidiosis in older calves and Johne’s disease in adult cattle, reports the UK's Veterinary Laboratory report for August 2011....
Australian Government Response To The Independent Review Of Australia’s Livestock Export Trade
As the Australian government reforms the live export trade after the Farmer Review, TheCattleSite looks at the government responses to the recommendations made in the review....
Can Weight Loss Cause Anestrus?
Bill Beal, beef cattle reproductive physiologist, Virginia Tech looks at common problems in cow fertility related to weight loss....
Is Climate Change Increasing Viral Disease In Farm Animals?
Since 1998, there have been increasing outbreaks of the viral disease, bluetongue, among European livestock. Using a newly developed climate-based model that accurately predicts past outbreaks, researchers have provided evidence that climate change is...
Prevention Of Hoof Disorders Using Footbaths
Dairy cattle are susceptible to many hoof disorders including (but not limited to) digital dermatitis (hairy heel warts), foot rot, laminitis, sand cracks, white line disease, and sole ulcers, writes Taylor Reiter and Jeffrey Bewley, from the University...
Strategic Management Of Anaplasmosis In Kentucky
Anaplasmosis is an unusual disease that is diagnosed in late summer and fall in Kentucky. Michelle Arnold from the University of Kentucky looks at the management of the disease....
The European Response to BSE: A Success Story
Food safety authorities across Europe and the meat industry will need to stay vigilant to the threat of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) even while the number of incidents has dramatically decreased. ...
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