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Weaning Considerations: Reduce Stress to Minimise Shrink
A lot of pressure goes on an animal as it is weaned and marketed, resulting in weight-loss or shrink, which cannot be avoided entirely but can be minimized....
Robust Livestock Systems Stem from Sustainability and Welfare
Well designed and integrated organic livestock systems leave animals, the environment and the stock keepers better off. ...
More than Welfare Benefits: Meeting the Cow's Needs in the Maternity Pen
Natural tendencies to seek isolation before calving could be provided for by a new maternity pen hoping to improve cow welfare as a result. ...
It's Time To Start Thinking About Heat Stress
US - Fertility, yields and feed intake all plummet unless the seasonal threat of heat and humidity can be properly mitigated, says an Arkansas expert....
Cow Longevity: A Concept For Sustainable Food Production
Extending the productive life of cows and increasing overall productivity is central to the future of milk production....
Have the Years Made Your Barn Redundant?
A barn built 12 years ago could be falling short in providing sufficient cow comfort as operations strive for more productive cows that milk for longer....
Cows Have Flooring Preferences at Calving
Rubber mats may not be the best flooring for maternity pens, according to a study published in the Journal of Dairy Science. ...
Welfare and Profit Considerations Drawn From Beef Bruising Study in Texas Slaughterhouse
Profitability and animal welfare can be improved by reducing carcass bruising, is the conclusion of a report into meat quality by the Beef Cattle Institute. ...
Heat Stress a Big Problem for Cows in Moderate Climates
Heat stress affects cow conception rate in the 21 day period up to breeding, new research says. ...
The Importance of Controlling Horn Flies
Causing a seasonal spike in mastitis, Horn fly is the most ecologically important cattle insect pest in Arkansas....
Simulation of Costs for Polled Genetics Vs Dehorning
Choosing polled genetics over dehorning could make mathematical sense, a Pennsylvania State University paper has found. ...
What Can You Do When a Dog is Threatening Your Livestock?
Ohio agricultural law specialist Caty Daniels runs through some considerations on loose dogs running through livestock in her state....
Can Gravel Be Suitable Calf Bedding?
Bedding is at the heart of disease control, stress reduction and farming's image, which is why new bedding receives thorough consideration....
Fit For A Cow: Getting Barn Climate and Design Right
Cows stay in the herd longer if cow comfort can be ensured, says Dutch livestock housing expert Frank van Eerdenburg....
When To Castrate For Best Weights Later On
Beef and dairy farmers are being told that, as a rule of thumb, earlier is better when castrating bull calves. ...
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