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Construction and Validation of a Decision Tree for Treating Metabolic Acidosis in Calves with Neonatal Diarrhea
A diagnostic framework has been tested to aid in the treatment of metabolic acidosis in calves without the need of laboratory facilities. ...
Pharmacokinetics and Effect of Intravenous Meloxicam in Weaned Holstein Calves Following Scoop Dehorning without Local Anesthesia
The common practice of de-horning is investigated by researchers from Iowa and Kansas State Universities. The paper focuses on the effects of using pain killers on the animal. ...
Whey vs Skim Based Milk Replacers - Impact on Calf Performance
Calves artificially reared on skim-based compared to whey-based milk replacers do not perform any better in terms of daily live weight gain, according to research from Harper Adams University College in the UK. ...
Nourishing and Managing the Dam and Calf for Optimal Lactation, Reproduction and Immunity
Rearing programmes should be designed to take into account long-term consequences on milk yield, according to Dr Alex Bach of IRTA, Spain, at a recent symposium on ruminant nutrition. ...
Fighting the War on Coccidiosis
Everything is set up; the bedding is fresh, the feeders are in situ and the latest group of happy, healthy calves are wandering about exploring their new home. For a farmer, there are few things more satisfying. In a few short weeks though, it can start...
Why has the 20:20 Milk Replacer Been the Industry Standard
For many years milk replacers containing 20 per cent protein and 20 per cent fat fed at a rate of 1 lb. of powder per day have been commonly accepted as the best diet for dairy calves, but why? asks RE James, Extension Dairy Scientist at Virginia...
Dairy Cows Continuously Housed in Tie-stalls Failed to Manifest Activity Changes during Oestrus
Changes in behaviour around oestrus by cows in tie-stalls are not pronounced enough for pedometers to be of practical use for heat detection in this type of housing system, according to new research from Alberta, Canada....
Modification of Beef Quality through Steer Age at Slaughter, Breed Cross and Growth Promotants
To improve beef tenderness, producers should use British crossbreds, slaughter the animals at 12 to 13 months of age and not use hormonal implants, recommend Canadian researchers following a study looking at factors affecting beef quality from steers....
Condition Scoring to Improve Cash Flow
Investing in nutrition and genetics to improve cow condition at calving can directly increase annual farm income, says Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)....
Weigh Every Option before Considering Restocking Beef Herds
Restocking may be an option that many ranchers are considering, but rainfall and other factors will weigh heavily into the decision-making process, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist....
Transitioning to a Polled Herd
Transitioning to a polled herd may take 30 years by visual selection but this time can be cut significantly by using the poll gene marker test, according to the Australian Beef CRC. ...
Housing and Management Biggest Contributors to Welfare
Serious welfare risks to cattle and calves in the EU, identified in a scientific review by the EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW), were associated with housing and management....
Improving Young Breeder Performance
Fourth generation Tieyon Station owners Paul and Jo Smith record the fertility, growth and calving rates of their young breeding stock as they re-build herd numbers. ...
Changing Farming Practices Accompany Major Shifts in Farm Structure
Changing production practices, including adoption of labour-saving innovations, have contributed to and been affected by increases in both agricultural productivity and the concentration of production, write Erik O'Donoghue, James MacDonald, Utpal Vasavada...
Demand More From Feeders
In the face of tough feeding margins and negative breakevens, cattlemen should still expect more from their feeders, says one of their own, according to Certified Angus Beef. ...
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