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The Growing Problem of Heat Stress and the Possible Role for Genetic Strategies to Mitigate Its Effects
Scientists believe that, through genetic selection, genes can be used to improve heat tolerance in Hoslteins, although what still remains is the discovery into what impact heat tolerant genes will have on the economic performance of cattle, writes P J...
Technology Makes Dairy Operations More Efficient and the Cows Like it Too
Automatic milking systems are becoming popular on Minnesota farms as evidence of improvements in both production and cow well-being persuade farmers to invest in precision dairying, say staff at Minnesota state University. ...
Use of Nutraceuticals for Improving Animal Health During the Transition Period of Dairy Cows
Feeding fatty acids such as omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid to peripatrurient cows can reduce common health issues such as inflammation, metabolic and infectious diseases, digestive disorders and oxidative stress, according to Italian researchers....
Spring and Lameness
Keep feet dry to prevent the passage of infectious agents and use foot baths as prevention rather than cure, advises Alvaro Garcia Professor & SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist...
Management Issues With Dry Cows and a New Feeding System for Improved Health, Welfare and Performance
Periparturient cows showed a three fold decrease in vet costs after being given high energy diets, says David Beever, a consultant from Ireland, who gathered evidence from 270 dairy farms finding that culling rate, weight loss and fertility all improved....
Heat Stress During the Dry Period Affects Calves Too
Research from the University of Florida shows that calves exposed to heat stress before birth have lower birth weights and compromised immunity....
Netting Flies and Mosquitoes Protects Livestock, Boosts Milk Yields
Using insect nets dosed with insecticide has been shown to treble milk yields and is a useful management practice for Kenyan farmers who, as urbanisation continues to swallow up pasture, house more and more cattle inside. ...
Nitrate Poisoning of Livestock Causes & Prevention
Whether nitrates are not being converted into proteins by the animal or by the plant it eats, nitrate levels can overwhelm the animal's digestive system, say South Dakota University specialists who offer advice for prevention. ...
A Welfare Discussion With Dr Clover Bench- What Drives Care?
Insights on the big questions in farm animal welfare such as behavioural biometrics, welfare implications on profitability and what fuels today's research are provided by Dr Clover Bench of Alberta who spoke with Meristem Land and Science....
Going Beyond the Barnyard to Stop Flies
Arthropod pests can cause discomfort in cows and result in lower milk yield, weight gain and feed efficiency. Researchers at the University of Nebraska report on what new solutions might be available....
Out-Wintering of Cattle:Management and Precautions
Although money is saved on bedding and feed there are many potential negatives involved when wintering cattle outside warns the National Animal Disease Information Service who stress the importance of good management even in a mild winter. ...
The Direct Relationship Between Animal Health, Food Safety Outcomes
Many groups in society, including politicians, activists, scientists, and stakeholders, are advocating significant changes to livestock production practices....
New Investigation Exposes Dairy Industry
A new investigation by Compassion in World Farming has revealed terrible conditions and widespread welfare problems on European dairy farms. ...
Milking Parlour Hygiene and Management
The milking parlour is the roundabout of the dairy farm: it is a traffic junction. an obligatory passage. moving smoothly if well managed' Every day. the cows enter the milking parlour two or three times to be milked....
Raising Dairy Heifers in the States - An Operations Overview
A report from the USDA has been released on heifer rearing in the US. Covering hundreds of farms in 21 states the report aims to provide an overview of dairy heifer raising operations. The report covers a broad range of facets in the industry such as...
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