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What Is Cold to a Cow?
US - Cows in good condition will need their ration increasing in energy density by one per cent every degree Fahrenheit below the lower critical temperature, US beef producers have been told as a rule of thumb....
What Does My Dry Cow Need?
Good mineral nutrition during the dry period is a cost-effective way of reducing problems like milk fever, retained cleanings and slow calvings, advise Irish experts....
What Story Does Your Culling Pattern Tell You?
If you are culling over a third of your herd then its too much, Virginia farmers are hearing as part of a way to boost profits. ...
Cow Comfort: A Necessity Not an Option
Cow comfort is paramount in a productive and profitable dairy. What is needed for comfort, how to measure it and optimal management practices are laid out here for the asian dairy sector. ...
Calving Preparation Guidelines: Start Planning Now
If you're spring calving this year then there is still time to get handling gates working properly if necessary, says Teagasc, Ireland's Agriculture and Food Development Authority. ...
Esophageal Feeder: Calf Life Saver
Reasons for a calf not to suckle are many and varied, with even cold weather making calves less likely to nurse. A useful tool to have is an esophogeal feeder and Dr Michelle Arnold of the University of Kentucky explains why. ...
Livestock May Need Extra Feed in Colder Weather to Keep Warm
While the weather outside isn’t frightful – yet – livestock producers still need to be thinking now about how they’ll keep their animals warm when the temperatures drop, wind chills rise and it starts to snow, snow, snow....
Facilities: Is It Time to Make a Change
Building or improving existing cattle handling facilities is a substantial investment for any cattle operation, according to Justin W. Waggoner, beef systems specialist at Kansas State University....
Steps to Ensure Calf Success This Winter
Temperatures have plummeted and it is now time to maximise everything the calf gets to keep dietary fat and energy high. ...
We Need to Beat Facial Eczema Flare-Up
A survey of over 100 New Zealand farms revealed a need to address a fungal condition – facial eczema....
Spot, Prevent and Cure Bovine Respiratory Disease
Common and costly, Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) accounts for almost half of mortality on some feedlots, meaning prevention, treatment and sound technical knowledge could save fortunes for some. ...
Climate Change Could Lower Milk Yields Through Heat Stress
In many parts of the United States, climate change is likely to result in higher average temperatures, hotter daily maximum temperatures, and more frequent heat waves, which could increase heat stress for livestock, writes the US Department of Agriculture....
Welfare Problems on French Dairies: An Epidemiological Approach
French dairy farms are operating at an ‘acceptable’ level of welfare, a study encompassing 131 dairies has found....
EBBE - Managing Cows and Heat Detection
As well as an appropriate heat detection system, housing, feed intake and stress all play a part in cow fertility, according to the European Board of Bovine Experts. ...
Is Replacing Starch With Non-Forage Fibre Sources During Heat Stress a Good Idea?
Feeding non-forage fibre sources during heat stress is not sufficiently replacing starch, claims a US expert....
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