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Are Spotless Stalls Really the Goal?
A comfortable stall is a lived in stall, writes John Tyson, Extension engineer, Penn State University....
Managing Cold Stress in Cattle
As cold weather persists, a useful rule to remember is that cow energy requirements increase one per cent for every degree below critical temperature. ...
Total Confinement vs. Pasture Systems: What does the Science Say?
At a time when the dairy sector strives for the holy grail of 'sustainable intensification', a Queens University Belfast researcher has contrasted indoor and outdoor production, finding merits in each....
How Can Canadians Respond to Pain Challenges in Livestock?
A farm animal welfare and behaviour expert has said that animal welfare research, while important, can't be waited on for fear of risking the sector's reputation. ...
Getting A Grip of Lameness
It is important that farmers tackle lameness as it can strike down the most productive cows, warns the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association. ...
Calves: Feeding to Fight Disease
A calf can get sick in a number of ways but nutrition, along with housing and hygiene, are the three core points to get the calf better, write advisers at the Ontario Veal Association. ...
Animal Well-Being Amidst Weather Disasters
Storms such as last month's South Dakota blizzard ask big things of a farmer's persistence and patience, write Heidi Franzky and Rebecca Bott, of South Dakota Livestock Extension. ...
Ensuring Healthy Cattle With Roof Design
Ensuring cattle are kept in the right indoor environment is one of multiple measures to safeguard against pneumonia, one of the UK's most costly cattle diseases. ...
An Introduction into Heat Stress in Dairy Cows
Heat stress sets in at lower temperatures for cattle than humans and as such can lead to great losses in milk yield and foetus development, according to Dr Mike Payne of the Dairy Quality Assurance Programme....
Mastitis: What is it Costing You?
Irish farmers have a mastitis costing programme to deliver an objective figure on what somatic cell counts have on farm margins. ...
Manage Animals Carefully to Cope With Heat Stress and Fair Seasons
Check your stock for excessive salivation, bunching of animals and trembling as Nebraska hosts hot weather, advises Lindsay Chichester of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. ...
Making Sure Somatic Cell Count Does Not Rise With Temperatures
As summer hots up, look at controlling mastitis pathogens by limiting fly populations, using teat sealants and in severe cases, using vaccines, advises Christina Petersson Wolf, Extension Dairy Scientist at Virginia State University. ...
Manage Animals Carefully to Cope With Heat Stress and Fair Seasons
Check your stock for excessive salivation, bunching of animals and trembling as Nebraska hosts hot weather, advises Lindsay Chichester of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. ...
Breeding for Animal Welfare
Chickens that do not peck each other to death, sheep with fewer maggots in their tails and double-muscled cows that can give birth naturally. Wageningen researchers are working on breeding programmes targeting animal welfare, reports Nienke Beintema...
Proper Feeding Improves Welfare, Calf Performance and Future Productivity of Dairy Calves
At no extra cost, ensuring adequate nutrition is hugely beneficial in maximising performance and realisation of genetic potential, writes Alex Bach from the Department Ruminant Product at the Catalonian Institute for Advanced Research Studies. ...
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