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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....
Solve Ration Problems, Observe Your Herd
Forage testing and ration balancing needs to be backed up by observation, from close scrutiny of manure components right down to manure consistency, advises an extension expert....
How to Approach Dehorning and Castration on Beef and Dairy Farms
No matter what the system, dehorning and castration options should be made in the best interest of animal health and well-being....
Tackle Scours: Chill Colostrum
Calves could see scouring problems reduce if colostrum is refrigerated close to 40 fahrenheit (4.4 degrees celcius), according to a calf management expert....
Robust Livestock Systems Stem from Sustainability and Welfare
Well designed and integrated organic livestock systems leave animals, the environment and the stock keepers better off. ...
More than Welfare Benefits: Meeting the Cow's Needs in the Maternity Pen
Natural tendencies to seek isolation before calving could be provided for by a new maternity pen hoping to improve cow welfare as a result. ...
Cow Longevity: A Concept For Sustainable Food Production
Extending the productive life of cows and increasing overall productivity is central to the future of milk production....
It's Time To Start Thinking About Heat Stress
US - Fertility, yields and feed intake all plummet unless the seasonal threat of heat and humidity can be properly mitigated, says an Arkansas expert....
Have the Years Made Your Barn Redundant?
A barn built 12 years ago could be falling short in providing sufficient cow comfort as operations strive for more productive cows that milk for longer....
Cows Have Flooring Preferences at Calving
Rubber mats may not be the best flooring for maternity pens, according to a study published in the Journal of Dairy Science. ...
Heat Stress a Big Problem for Cows in Moderate Climates
Heat stress affects cow conception rate in the 21 day period up to breeding, new research says. ...
Simulation of Costs for Polled Genetics Vs Dehorning
Choosing polled genetics over dehorning could make mathematical sense, a Pennsylvania State University paper has found. ...
The Importance of Controlling Horn Flies
Causing a seasonal spike in mastitis, Horn fly is the most ecologically important cattle insect pest in Arkansas....
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