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US dairy welfare expert speaks at UK collaboration event
There must be a move away from thinking of farm animal ‘health’ and ‘welfare’ as separate issues, for the benefit of both animals and productivity, according to renowned US dairy welfare expert Dr Jim Reynolds....
Importance of body condition scoring in suckler cows
Avoiding obesity, excessive leanness or large changes in condition in pregnant suckler cows could avoid unnecessary winter feed use and lead to healthier fast-growing calves, new research has found....
Experts challenge current understanding of transition dairy cow health
Comprehensive review in the Journal of Dairy Science® examines the riskiest period for dairy cow health, between giving birth and milk production, in a new light...
Environmental mastitis risk during housing
Udder infections may be picked up from the environment or transmitted from cow to cow (contagious transmission), so understanding the origin of infections can improve the effectiveness of any preventative steps. During this winter housing period take...
Neospora: significant cause of abortion in dairy, beef herds in Northern IrelandNI
Neospora also known as Neospora caninum is single celled parasitic organism that can affect cattle, particularly pregnant cattle, where it can result in abortion. The disease affects cattle worldwide, and once infected, cattle remain infected for life,...
Listeriosis often found in silage fed in winter
Listeriosis is a bacterial disease caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes....
BVDV remains a threat in Northern Ireland
The BVD eradication programme for N. Ireland entered its compulsory phase in 2016 and since then substantial progress has been made in eradicating the threat of BVD virus to cattle in NI....
Preparing for Cattle Transport Saves Time, Money and Stress
With fall upon us, many producers are beginning to plan shipment of this year’s calf crop or moving cattle from summer pasture to crop residues, fall/winter pastures, or to a dry lot. ...
Dairy cows fed a low-energy diet around dry-off show signs of hunger
Researchers from Aarhus University have studied to which extent the feed energy density affects dairy cows’ feeding motivation during dry-off. ...
Mineral and Vitamin Considerations When Drylotting Cows
Managing cows in a drylot can be a way to maintain the herd when forage production is reduced due to drought or as a part of a system when pasture is unavailable for other reasons....
Helping dairy cattle deal with heat stress
Georgia’s summer heat can make it hard to do almost anything outside and, for dairy cows, that includes producing milk. Heat stress is inevitable in the Southeast U.S., and the first week of August had temperatures soaring past 100 degrees Fahrenheit....
Why are my cattle bloating?
Bloat can have a significant economic impact on an operation due to animal deaths or the following treatments required by bloat-prone animals....
Phosphorous supplementation aids high cattle returns
Tara Station, near Cloncurry, has been in Dan Lynch’s family for generations. Tara is a 14,000ha property comprising 90% black soil and 10% red country. ...
Breeding to fight livestock infections has much more potential than thought
The potential of genetic selection to reduce livestock infectious diseases is often considered limited because of low heritability of disease traits....
Lame cows recover better when housed in hospital pens
Lame cows benefit from housing in hospital pens. This is – in short - the result from a study made in collaboration between Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, and SEGES....
 
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