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Drought Raises Risk From Sulphates in Water
Cow/calf farmers in South Dakota are being warned sulphates in livestock water sources are acutely toxic at 3000 ppm of total dissolved solids with levels above 2000 ppm capable of reducing performance....
Animal Health Considerations for Cows Fed in Confinement
When placing cows in confinement typical vaccination programmes should include IBR, BVD, Lepto hardjo-bovis and Lepto pomona, and Campylobacter(Vibrio)fetus, advises Larry Hollis, Extension Beef Veterinarian at Kansas State University. ...
Manage Animals Carefully to Cope With Heat Stress and Fair Seasons
Check your stock for excessive salivation, bunching of animals and trembling as Nebraska hosts hot weather, advises Lindsay Chichester of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. ...
Making Sure Somatic Cell Count Does Not Rise With Temperatures
As summer hots up, look at controlling mastitis pathogens by limiting fly populations, using teat sealants and in severe cases, using vaccines, advises Christina Petersson Wolf, Extension Dairy Scientist at Virginia State University. ...
Manage Animals Carefully to Cope With Heat Stress and Fair Seasons
Check your stock for excessive salivation, bunching of animals and trembling as Nebraska hosts hot weather, advises Lindsay Chichester of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. ...
Breeding for Animal Welfare
Chickens that do not peck each other to death, sheep with fewer maggots in their tails and double-muscled cows that can give birth naturally. Wageningen researchers are working on breeding programmes targeting animal welfare, reports Nienke Beintema...
Proper Feeding Improves Welfare, Calf Performance and Future Productivity of Dairy Calves
At no extra cost, ensuring adequate nutrition is hugely beneficial in maximising performance and realisation of genetic potential, writes Alex Bach from the Department Ruminant Product at the Catalonian Institute for Advanced Research Studies. ...
Feedlot Pen Maintenance Allows Cows to Walk Easier
Beef feedlot operations are faced with daily tasks of managing feed and cattle inventory, animal health, labour, operational activities and marketing of the resident cattle in the yards. No less important are details to manage the feedlot environment...
The Growing Problem of Heat Stress and the Possible Role for Genetic Strategies to Mitigate Its Effects
Scientists believe that, through genetic selection, genes can be used to improve heat tolerance in Hoslteins, although what still remains is the discovery into what impact heat tolerant genes will have on the economic performance of cattle, writes P J...
Technology Makes Dairy Operations More Efficient and the Cows Like it Too
Automatic milking systems are becoming popular on Minnesota farms as evidence of improvements in both production and cow well-being persuade farmers to invest in precision dairying, say staff at Minnesota state University. ...
Use of Nutraceuticals for Improving Animal Health During the Transition Period of Dairy Cows
Feeding fatty acids such as omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid to peripatrurient cows can reduce common health issues such as inflammation, metabolic and infectious diseases, digestive disorders and oxidative stress, according to Italian researchers....
Spring and Lameness
Keep feet dry to prevent the passage of infectious agents and use foot baths as prevention rather than cure, advises Alvaro Garcia Professor & SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist...
Spring Breeding on Fescue Pastures
Roughing cows through the winter with the hope of getting them fitter through the summer is a sure way to delay breeding or result in open cows, writes Dr Roy Burris, Beef Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky. ...
Management Issues With Dry Cows and a New Feeding System for Improved Health, Welfare and Performance
Periparturient cows showed a three fold decrease in vet costs after being given high energy diets, says David Beever, a consultant from Ireland, who gathered evidence from 270 dairy farms finding that culling rate, weight loss and fertility all improved....
Heat Stress During the Dry Period Affects Calves Too
Research from the University of Florida shows that calves exposed to heat stress before birth have lower birth weights and compromised immunity....
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