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Does butter taste better when the cows are happy? ...
Live yeast helps maintain dairy cow performance, feeding behavior and rumen health during periods of heat stress
Emerging research suggests that rumen-specific yeast keeps the negative feed efficiency effects of heat stress at bay in dairy cows....
How can live yeast visibly help reduce the impact of heat stress on beef cattle?
In dairy cows, the impact of heat stress can be easily measured by its effects on milk production and through many physiological or behavioural indicators. In beef cattle, the signs of heat stress are much less published and communicated....
Dairy Calves are Natural Optimists or Pessimists, Just Like Us
Some calves are inherently optimistic or pessimistic, just as humans are, a new University of British Columbia study has found....
Extensive Farming and the Future of Food Production
Farmers worldwide are facing new environmental challenges. According to Dr Juan Villalba, Associate Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and editor of ‘Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems’, skills learned...
Cattle Management Takes to the Air
Improved efficiency and enhanced animal welfare lie behind new developing technology for cattle farmers. Saving labour on routine daily livestock management is a key goal, writes John Wilkes....
Dairy Blog: The White Elephant of Dairy
Dairy blogger Carol Lever discusses the choice of dairy products consumers have in the supermarket chillers....
Dairy Stories: Weather Woes
In his new blog, John Wigley, a dairy farmer from Shropshire, discusses the impact of the UK's recent wet weather on his farm's grazing plans....
Steps for New Zealand Farmers to Ensure No More Cows Lost Through Mature Swede Illness
Scientists have linked mature swedes with cow fatalities last year and now farmers are advised how to avoid it. ...
Fluffy Cows: Getting Behind the Internet Sensation
Pictures of pampered cattle went viral on the internet last year. A science student and beef ambassador explains they aren't a particular breed, they've just been given special attention. ...
Tips for Managing New Bulls After Purchase
The purchase of a bull represents a major investment and regardless of price, the purchasing farmer invests trust and faith in the bull. So how can farmers ensure the bull lives up to these expectations?...
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. ...
Pre-Breeding Season Bull Management Tips
Each herd bull should receive a breeding soundness exam, routine vaccinations, BCS evaluation, and appropriate supplemental feeding prior to the breeding season, according to advice from the University of Georgia....
Calf Hair Could Indicate Foul Mood
Facial hair on cows can be an indicator of temperament, potentially informing decisions about showring selection. ...
How to Manage Summer Heat Stress in Feedlot Cattle
Sprinklers and tarpaulin shades are two ways one Nebraska feedlot is managing the summer heat. ...
 
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