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How Much Forage Does a Beef Cow Consume Each Day?
It’s March, and for cow-calf producers in the Northern Great Plains, the majority of the cows are calving or are about to start calving. Spring grass isn’t that far away, but it seems like it really is a long time before spring turnout. Cow-calf producers...
Combating Health Issues
Every day, new reports are published in newspapers worldwide reporting about the effects of antibiotic resistant bacteria and their consequences on human health, according to Biomin....
Diagnosis of Experimental H-Type and L-Type BSE in Cattle
Researchers in the UK have reported on their observation of two clinical syndromes and the diagnostic challenges presented by these two atypical forms of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Difficulty rising was a consistent feature of both disease...
Emerging Threats Quarterly Report - October-December 2011
After cases in Wales, the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency report for October to December 2011 has reported the first case of psoroptic mange in cattle in Northern England. ...
Dairy Cows Have individual temperaments
From a young age, dairy cows react differently from each other to stimuli from their surroundings. An animal’s temperament determines how it reacts in stressful situations, but may also influence its general health. In the future, temperament could...
Antihelmintic Resistance in Cattle
Anthelmintic resistant cattle nematodes have been reported in different regions around the world. However, in Western Europe the assessment of the problem relies largely on case reports and no prevalence data based on wide-scale surveys are available,...
Antibiotic Use in Livestock Under Increased Scrutiny
Antibiotics have been powerful tools in the development of livestock systems that produce a marvellous quantity of economical, safe and nutritious food in the United States. These products are not without risks and drawbacks, however. Increasing opinion...
Parasitic Gastro-Enteritis in Cattle
Reports of Haemonchus contortus in calves in the UK, as well as a case of the parasite in a water buffalo were reported as being detected by passive surveillance by the Veterinary Laboratory Agency in 2011. All were differentiated by molecular techniques...
Do Cattle Understand Death?
Whether cattle understand death or not is an interesting concept, which Joe Epperly, Marketing Director of the North American Limousin Foundation, discusses in his recent blog, Ruminations from the road....
Prevent Hardware Disease in Cattle
Inverted tires can make great containers to hold cattle feed and water, but tires also can pose health risks for the animals if the tires aren’t maintained regularly....
Detecting Mycobacterium avium in Milk of Naturally Infected Cows
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is the cause of Johne's Disease in cattle. Research by the University of Iowa looked at chemicals which can reduce the growth of non-specific microorganisms in milk while minimally affecting the recovery...
Reducing SFAs to Improve Human and Cow Health
Speaking at the British Cattle Breeders Conference, Ben Bartlett from the National Milk Laboratories in the UK, explains the benefits of analysing saturated fatty acids in milk, not only to improve consumer health, but also cow health. Charlotte Johnston,...
Winter Cold Stress on Cattle
Factors that create stress during the winter months are cold, wind, snow, rain and mud. The primary effect on animals is due to temperature. All these factors alter the maintenance energy requirements of livestock, writes the Ohio Beef Extension team....
Lameness in Cattle: Debilitating Diesease or a Disease of Debiliated Cattle?
A growing concern of the dairy industry is to increase dairy cattle wellbeing in anticipation of a demand from the general public of welfare-certified dairy products. Lameness is one of the most important welfare issues of high producing dairy cows in...
Less Mastitis through Targeted Selective Breeding: Mammary Function
Recent findings have enhanced our understanding of the functional role of these genes and genetic pathways in bovine mastitis, according to the final scientific report from the EU group, Sustainable Animal Breeding (SABRE) subtitled 'Cutting Edge Genomics...
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