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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. ...
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....
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...
Do Trichothecenes Increase the Incidences of Mastitis and Laminitis?
Since their first discovery, more than 200 different trichothecenes (type A e.g., T-2 toxin and type B e.g., deoxynivalenol) have been documented....
Can Big Be Beautiful? Large-scale Livestock Units
Sustainability, or the 'capacity to endure' has three principal pillars: economic, environmental and social, according to Farmerslivery....
Pharmacokinetics and Effect of Intravenous Meloxicam in Weaned Holstein Calves Following Scoop Dehorning without Local Anesthesia
The common practice of de-horning is investigated by researchers from Iowa and Kansas State Universities. The paper focuses on the effects of using pain killers on the animal. ...
2012 - A Challenging Grazing Season Comes to an End
The AFBI review the grazing season as one of the most challenging growing seasons comes to an end....
Role of Breeding, Genetics in the Welfare of Farm Animals
Breeding for higher productivity may be associated with a deterioration in the welfare of farm animals but genetics can also contribute to solving issues such as aggression in pigs and laying hens, according to a recent review paper. ...
Clinical Findings and Treatment in Cattle with Caecal Dilatation
Caecal dilatation can usually be diagnosed in cattle based on clinical findings and treated conservatively or surgically, according to researchers at the University of Zurich, with hypocalcaemia the most common lab finding. They recommend surgery in cases...
New Study Maps Hotspots of Human-animal Infectious Diseases and Emerging Disease Outbreaks
A new global study mapping human-animal diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and Rift Valley fever finds that an "unlucky" 13 zoonoses are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year. The vast majority occur in low- and...
Anaplasmosis in Iowa
In 2010 there was an increased number of cases of Anaplasmosis from submissions to the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU-VDL). Although the disease is not enzootic in Iowa it is observed regularly. Environmental conditions in...
Individual Factors Associated with L- and H-Type BSE in France
In what they believe is the first study of atypical cases of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in France, researchers based in Lyon found that the cases were detected in animals much older than for the classical form of the disease. There was a significant...
Keeping Cows Cool, Where do I Start?
Heat stress occurs when a dairy cow’s heat load is greater than her capacity to lose heat. Heat stress effects include: increased respiration rate, increased water intake, increased sweating, decrease in dry matter intake, slower rate of feed passage,...
Fly Management for Organic Dairies
Flies can decrease milk production and spread disease. In this article, Brad Heins, Extension Dairy Scientist with the University of Minnesota, looks at methods to control and management flies on organic dairies....
No Indication of Coxiella burnetii Infection in Norwegian Farmed Ruminants
All samples were negative for antibodies against C. burnetii, the bacterium that causes Q–fever, according to newly published research from Oslo. The estimated prevalence of infected herds was zero for Norwegian dairy cattle herds, beef cattle herds,...
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