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22 October 2015
Subway Announces Transition to Zero Antibiotics for All Meats
US - Sandwich chain Subway has become the latest in a string of outlets to announce a transition to serving meat only from animals that have never received antibiotics....
12 October 2015
Let Them Eat Grass: Grazing Debate Back on Agenda
GLOBAL - Just how beneficial cows grazing pasture is to farmers, processors and the cows themselves has been a hot topic recently in New Zealand and Europe....
08 October 2015
Radical Dutch Grazing Law Could Outlaw Herd Expansion
THE NETHERLANDS – Radical Dutch politicians hope to push through national grazing laws to limit expansion only to farm offering cows access to grass....
07 October 2015
Asia Given Eight Golden Rules for Sustainable Dairy Farming
GLOBAL – There are eight golden rules to observe for a sustainable dairy future, according to advisers at the World Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)....
28 September 2015
Germany Setting New Standards in Animal Welfare Initiative
GERMANY - Germany is aiming to be in the vanguard in setting new standards for animal welfare across Europe....
25 September 2015
Advancing Pneumonia Pathogen Linked to Droopy Ears in Calves
GLOBAL - Increasing reports of a pneumonia pathogen in calves either side of the Atlantic in recent years have been linked with ear infections in youngstock....
24 September 2015
Monitoring Wellbeing of Animals through Precision Livestock Farming
ANALYSIS - The growth in size of livestock and poultry farms is demanding more dynamic methods to ensure the health, welfare and performance of the individual animals concerned....
23 September 2015
Dutch Cow Garden is Welfare Revelation
THE NETHERLANDS – A Dutch farmer is making shockwaves in dairy cow welfare by keeping some of his 190 cow herd in a tranquil indoor garden....
18 September 2015
No Cow Comfort Threat from Large Dairies, Say Australians
AUSTRALIA – Increasing herd size does not necessarily imply stretched farms keeping unhappy cows but it does bring risk factors, according to a PhD study on Australian units....
Colombians Subsidise Sorghum to Beat El Nino
COLOMBIA – Colombia’s ministry of Agriculture hopes planting a new sorghum variety will bolster forage reserves through peak drought conditions around the New Year....
17 September 2015
Build A Cow For A Hotter Planet
GLOBAL - Global warming will pressure cattle productivity and welfare as heat stress becomes a growing issue, but experts are quick to note that help is at hand....
16 September 2015
Guidelines Issued on Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Medicine
EU - The European Commission has published guidelines that aim to prevent the overuse and misuse of antibiotics by sharing best-practices in Member States....
15 September 2015
Monitoring Wellbeing of Animals through Precision Livestock Farming
ANALYSIS - The growth in size of livestock and poultry farms is demanding more dynamic methods to ensure the health, welfare and performance of the individual animals concerned....
10 September 2015
Farmers Use Pigs to Keep Cattle Calm
UK – Order can be maintained when working with cattle by distracting them with other livestock, real life examples on farms have shown....
26 August 2015
Humans Carry More Superbugs than Cows
SOUTH AFRICA - Antimicrobial resistance of a common farmyard bacteria has been shown to be far more common in humans than animals....
20 August 2015
US Ranchers Blame Government for Catastrophic Wildfires
US - A spate of wildfires engulfing hundreds of thousands of rangeland acres is the government's fault, says the US cattle industry's leading body....
03 August 2015
Survey Finds Animal Welfare Tops Consumers’ Ethical Concerns
ANALYSIS - Three quarters of consumers in the UK put animal welfare at the top of the list when it comes to ethical issues for food companies....
27 July 2015
Don’t Be the Last Cow Out of the Parlour
AUSTRALIA - Cows last into pasture from the milking parlour could be regularly eating “markedly” lower quality grass, says Australian research....
06 July 2015
Livestock Event 2015: Ensure Youngstock are Healthy and Productive
UK - The health and welfare of young stock, particularly in the dairy sector, are receiving more and more attention not only from the farmers themselves, but also vets, nutritionists and pharmaceutical companies....
30 June 2015
Preventing Lameness to Increase Profitability
UK - Lameness in the dairy herd is not only a significant welfare problem but can also create a significant financial loss to the farmer....
Kiwis Receive Advice on Swede Grazing Following Cow Deaths
NEW ZEALAND – Cows receiving swedes as part of a winter foraging diet should be monitored closely for signs of weight loss, grazing habits and photosensitivity....
25 June 2015
How to Replace, Reduce and Refine Antibiotics On Farm
ANALYSIS – Pressure is mounting on the animal health industry to reduce, replace and refine the usage of certain antimicrobial medicines, writes Michael Priestley....
23 June 2015
Livestock Event: Reducing Threat of Mastitis and Antibiotic Use
ANALYSIS - The blanket use of antibiotics in dry cow management to prevent mastitis and other udder problems has been common for many years....
22 June 2015
Is Animal Welfare Becoming a Commercial Issue?
ANALYSIS - Large multinational processing companies, retailers and foodservice organisations are starting to define the way that producers view animal welfare and ethical, sustainable production....
19 June 2015
Women Form ‘Backbone’ of Asian Dairy Farming
INDONESIA - Developing countries across Asia would not have a functioning dairy sector without women playing a pivotal farm management role....
Feed Management Limiting Asian Dairy Producers
ANALYSIS – Tropical dairy production is expanding rapidly but key improvements in farm management are required for small holders to become more profitable....
17 June 2015
Small-scale Dairies Have Same Welfare Factors
EU – Factors affecting cow welfare on small-scale dairy farms are no different from other systems, a European Food Safety Authority report has concluded. ...
New Zealand to Include BCS in Breeding Values
NEW ZEALAND – A benchmarking system ranking New Zealand dairy cows on the economics of their genetic merit will include body condition score (BCS) from February 2016....
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