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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....
Increased Irrigation Water Increases Maize Yield But Decreases Nutritive Value
Increasing irrigation to maize crops lowers the metabolisable energy contents of the forage, according to research by Dr Rafiq Islam at the University of Sydney. ...
Drought or Land Competition May Limit Grazing Opportunities, Not Creativity
Deciding what to keep, what to sell, what to feed and how to feed it are some key decisions that make or break US businesses coping with three drought years that have forced farmers to dig for water. Jill Dunkel, of Certified Angus Beef, talks to cattlemen...
Livestock Resources and Environmental Issues in Asia
Livestock production is a significant and growing source of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, range degradation and greenhouse gases, according to Benjamin Henderson (Livestock Policy Officer) and Henning Steinfeld (Chief of Livestock Information and...
USDA - Romanian Dairy Sector Overview
A shrinking dairy sector is forecast to continue contracting through 2013 as an ageing rural population, some of the lowest milk prices in Europe and a summer drought combine to impede sector progression....
Beef Feedlot Water Issues during Winter Conditions
Many feedlot owners have experienced cold snaps in which sources of water can freeze and pipes can block. Roger Ellis, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Field Specialist has advised that cold weather requires caution to avoid decreases in productivity....
Bedding Material in Dirt-Floor Pens Reduces Heat
During the summer months when 'heat load' is high the use of wheat straw as bedding on dry dirt flooring can lower temperatures, a Kansas State Cow-Calf Unit project has found....
Optimising Efficiencies in the Feedyard
There is little debate when it comes to the economic importance of feed efficiency in feeding cattle, writes Chad Zehnder from Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed....
Protect Cattle from Heat Stress
Being proactive is the best way to deal with heat stress in cattle. ...
The Importance of Mineral Supplementation During Critical Beef States
Mineral supplementation for beef cattle, and the research required for accurate recommendations, has been a challenge for many years, writes Jenny S Jennings, Research Manager for Ruminant Nutrition Alltech, Inc....
Maintaining Competitiveness with Today's High Grain Prices
The availability of cheap feed grain for many years influenced the structure of the beef cattle industry and the types of production systems used in very fundamental ways. These impacts are only just now being truly recognised as the industry struggles...
Prevention of Contaminations with Clostridia in Silages Using Inoculants
Clostridia are endospore-forming anaerobic Gram-positive bacteria which ferment carbohydrates, lactic acid (LA), as well as amino acids and proteins, thus causing problems such as reduction in feeding value and the production of biogenic amines (McDonald,...
Drought Management Plan - Minimising Effects
Drought cannot be avoided, but, the effects can be minimised, writes Lance Smith, Southwest Minnesota Regional Grazing Specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. ...
Significance of Shrink
During this time of year cattle are being placed on grass. A better understanding of factors affecting shrink should help buyers and sellers of cattle to arrive at a fair pencil shrink under specific marketing conditions, writes Steve Boyles, Ohio State...
Feeding Beef Steers with Algae Co-Products
Algae typically isn’t associated with cattle feed, but a Texas AgriLife Research scientist and graduate student have found some interesting results that may change this during their three-phased study....
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