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Indonesia/ Australia Live Cattle Export: Feedlots
Australia and Indonesia have developed a strong bilateral relationship in livestock trade that has resulted in important commercial partnerships between industries in both countries. This section of an independent report, studying animal welfare conditions,...
Out - Wintering Yearling Heifers On Woodchip
Out-wintering replacement heifers on woodchip pads compared to housing offers improvements in health and behaviour and comparable levels of performance, according to research undertaken by Teagasc....
Stockperson Attitudes Linked To Dairy Cow Welfare And Production
Stock people with high levels of empathy and job satisfaction and low negative beliefs result in higher milk yields. ...
Indonesia/ Australia Live Cattle Export: Transport
Australia and Indonesia have developed a strong bilateral relationship in livestock trade that has resulted in important commercial partnerships between industries in both countries. This section of an independent report, studying animal welfare conditions,...
Fighting Brucellosis In Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has been fighting an epidemic of brucellosis for over 10 years. Significant progress has been made in this time, however there is a minority who persist in spreading the disease for financial gain, reports Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite...
Protecting UK Livestock From The Threat Of Viral Disease
The successes in disease control and future challenges were discussed at a meeting organised by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Institute for Animal Health (IAH) in London on 17 March, writes Jackie Linden, Senior...
Protozoal Disease in Cattle
Coccidia and Cryptosporidium are both protozoal parasites that can cause infection in young animals, particularly calves, leading to scour which is frequently fatal if left untreated. Protozoa are spread by a resistant infective stage called an oocyst...
New And Emerging Cattle Threats In The UK
The third quarterly report of emerging cattle threats in the UK cattle, produced by the Veterinary Laboratory Agency, identifies that suspected closantel toxicity was investigated for the first time in UK cattle. ...
Monitoring Livestock Health and Welfare Remotely
New research from Scotland could allow farmers to monitor the status of their herd remotely, writes Chris Harris for TheCattleSite. ...
Taking New Measures Against Ticks
Ticks are close relatives of mites, spiders and scorpions, but unlike these arachnids, ticks tend to stick around, warns the USDA ARS....
Concentrated Copper Sulphate Reduces Digital Dermatitis
Footbathing in a five per cent compared to a two per cent copper sulphate solution is more effective at reducing digital dermatitis when incidence levels are very high, although at moderate levels a two per cent solution is just as effective, concludes...
Finding the Early Stages of Foot and Mouth Disease
Research by scientists at the USDA have identified where the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) begins infection in cattle. ...
Is Good Welfare Possible For Housed Cattle?
The following information was produced by FAI Farms, a sustainable farming research company. The aim of this particular research was to objectively examine whether it is possible to provide good welfare for housed cattle. ...
XL Vets Best Practice Article: BVD
BVD (Bovine Virus Diarrhoea) virus is widespread in the UK cattle population, with evidence of 90 per cent of cattle herds having been exposed to it, according to XL Vets....
Preventing Chronic Mastitis Infections
Instead of focusing on cows with very high cell counts, should farmers focus more on cows with moderately high cell counts in a bid to prevent the infection worsening, asked Andrew Biggs, from The Vale Veterinary Group in Devon, South England at a recent...
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