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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. ...
Selecting Effective Replacement Heifers
The age and genetic make up of heifers are all questions that need to be addressed when considering replacement. Kalyn Waters from IGrow at South Dakota State University Extension answers some of the crucial questions....
Predicting Water Intake by Yearling Feedlot Steers
Bodyweight and numerous weather factors affect water consumption by yearling feedlot steers but the effect of feed intake is minimal, according to new research from Colorado State University....
Animal Welfare and its Effects on Carcase and Meat Quality
Several initiatives, including research and development, increasing stakeholders' awareness and application of legislation and recommendation, have been carried out in Latin America to promote animal welfare and meat quality....
Comparison of the Effects of Three Different Dehorning Techniques on Behaviour and Performance in Feeder Cattle in a Western Kansas Feedlot
Dehorning is carried out to protect other cattle and prevent bruising to the carcase. Here C.D. Neely, D.U. Thomson, C.A. Kerr, D.E. Anderson, and C.D. Reinhardt from Kansas looks at the effects of tipping, dehorning and banding on the behaviour and...
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...
Tips for Strategic Culling, Cow Body Condition Scoring and Replacement Selection
High supplemental feed costs and persistent drought in some areas, should motivate producers to evaluate their feed resources and management plans heading into the fall and winter months, writes Bob Weaber, a Cow-Calf Extension Specialist at Kansas...
Priorities that Impact Feedlot Health
Jeremy Schefers from the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory lists the top 10 priorities that impact feedlot health....
Bedding Material in Dirt-Floor Pens Reduces Heat Stress
D.J Rezac, D.U. Thomson and C.D. Reinhart look at how different bedding material in dirt-floor pens can reduce heat stress in feedlot cattle. ...
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...
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