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Dairy Farms Biosecurity: Protecting against Infectious Diseases and Antibiotics Overuse
Biosecurity is a key element in the battle against antibiotic resistance. The goals of biosecurity are focused not only on the reduction or prevention of the introduction of new diseases from outside sources but also on the reduction or prevention of...
Fall Forage Management Tips
Fall is a great time to take care of some very important aspects for managing forage hay fields and pastures. Below is a list of things that when done in the fall can help avoid big headaches this winter and next spring or even next summer....
More space for climate and cow in dairy barn
Future stables are expected to be more in line with the natural behavior of cows, climate control, limiting emissions, reuse of waste, quality of manure and capital efficiency. That says Paul Galama of Wageningen Livestock Research. Together with colleagues...
Milk progesterone concentration useful for detection of candidate genes associated with dairy cattle fertility
The study entitled “Genome-wide association study for endocrine fertility traits using single nucleotide polymorphism arrays and sequence variants in dairy cattle” identified several potential candidate genes, and DNA variants that can contribute...
Calcium added to acidified prepartum diets for dairy cows benefits future reproduction
Achieving an appropriate calcium balance in dairy cows is critical near calving, but not only to ensure a healthy transition to lactation. According to a new study from the University of Illinois, calcium added to acidified prepartum diets can improve...
Biosecurity for dairy farms - preventing the spread of disease
It pays to be conscientious about preventing and controlling infectious disease on the farm....
Hill-Climbing Cows May Help Rangeland Sustainability
Most of the 5 million cattle that graze on California’s rangelands like to dine in the valleys and hang out by creeks....
Ruminant Abortion Requires Diagnostics to Fight Disease
Repeated abortions in a herd can have a severe economic impact on farming operations, writes Laurent Delooz, Regional Association for Animal Health and Identification (ARSIA) based in Belgium....
Conquering the Great Outdoors: Outwintering Replacement Heifers
Outwintering dairy animals can reduce total feed costs by 20 to 30 per cent on dairy farms. However, the success of the system requires farmers to pay close attention to animal performance writes Dr Stephen Whelan, Research and Development manager for...
Mycotoxins in Dairy - Facts, Figures & Solutions
Dairy cows are known to have some capacity to protect themselves against the harmful effects of mycotoxins....
Dairy Heifer: A Fast Start to Greater Lifetime Profit
Maximizing lifetime profit per cow – a good measure of a dairy operation’s overall profitability – requires diligence at all stages, starting at birth....
Heifer Rearing: When Do They Pay You Back?
Recent estimates of the cost of rearing have ranged from £1,000 to £1,500, and tend to average around £1,200, report analysts at DairyCo. ...
Heifers Weaned Later Do Better
Replacement heifer calves weaned at heavier weights continue to outgrow the others, Irish research shows. ...
Management Tips: Strategies for Reducing Summer Fertility Lag
When summer winds down and temperatures begin to cool, dairy producers can forget about the lag in fertility as a result of heat stress, writes Todd Bilby, Ph.D., Merck Animal Health....
Drones a Possibility for Heat Detection and More
Activity monitors can make science fiction reality with drone/UAV technology, according to a Penn State extension educator. ...
 
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