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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. ...
Improving Animal Welfare, Economic Sustainability in Bull Fattening Systems in France: Comparing Three Feeding Programs
Feeding late maturing young bulls on high concentrate diets needs adjustment of both animal feeding behaviour and rumen adaptation which can be done by feeding maize silage according to researchers at the National Institute of Agronomic Research, Saint-Genès...
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....
Comparison of the Effects of Three Different Dehorning Techniques on Behaviour and Performance in Feeder Cattle in a Western Kansas Feedlot
Dehorning is a familiar subject for cattlemen and is a long practiced technique done to ensure farm safety of both farmers and animals. The three methods, tipping, dehorning, and banding are evaluated here by looking at how individual animals reacted...
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....
Effects of Temperament and Acclimation to Handling on Reproductive Performance of Bos taurus Beef Females
A team of researchers at Oregon State University have concluded that aggressive cattle have impaired reproductive performance....
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. ...
Can We Rebuild the Cow Herd? Part 2
Following considerable drops in US cattle numbers, Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist addresses the issue of rebuilding in the second part of three installments. ...
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. ...
The Kindest Cut of All
Meat and Livestock Australia funded research has taken the guesswork out of which castration method delivers the best animal welfare outcomes for the northern cattle industry....
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....
Effects of Gastrointestinal Parasites on Parasite Burden, Rectal Temperature, and Antibody Titer Responses to Vaccination and Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis Virus Challenge
Researchers at Colorado State University have conducted an experiment depriving bull calves of colostrum to assess the effects on gastrointestinal parasites and calf health. ...
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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