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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....
Upgrade your grazing: Science leads to better alfalfa
At its core, basic science is a never-ending quest to uncover how the universe works. It all starts with a single question that, through research, multiplies, evolves, and often finds something completely new....
Tips to reduce the effects of drought on the herd
Just as agricultural economists advise beef producers to follow a risk management strategy when it comes to cattle marketing, those same principles are important when anticipating drought, said the experts at Kansas State University speaking on a recent...
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....
Planning and managing direct marketing opportunities for beef
Beef producers should consider utilizing safe, science-based technology where appropriate such as vaccinations and parasite control products to achieve cattle health and well-being goals....
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. ...
New research: why cool cows provide more milk
With increasing global temperatures, dairy cattle face heat stress more frequently throughout the year than in the past. Thanks to cooling technology, dairy cattle can enjoy a better quality of life, but farmers and consumers may wonder if cattle comfort...
Expert says Australia's cattle could support “rewilding” of landscape
Native Australian animals that have been wiped out of pre-colonisation habitats could be reintroduced to their natural areas, and a CQUniversity researcher hopes grazing cattle could help with the “rewilding”....
Multifunctional inoculation aims to revolutionize Brazilian pastures
The Embrapa Soja (PR) has just developed an innovative technology that combines microorganisms with multifunctional properties ( Azospirillum brasilense and Pseudomonas fluorescen s) with the potential to increase by 22% on average the production...
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....
More than half of world’s rivers are non-perennial: researchers mapped them for first time
A new study of 64 million kilometres of rivers around the world reveals that between 51% and 60% of them stop flowing periodically or dry for part of the year. These findings, published on 16 June 2021 in Nature, stem from the first-ever effort to empirically...
Caring for first-calf heifers and calves
Each season of the year brings management considerations for the beef producer. For summer, two groups in the herd – first calf heifers and young calves – need special attention, according to experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute....
Survival to next parity is related to milk production and metabolism of cows in early lactation
Health and lifespan of cows is associated with the start of a lactation. Results of a recent study at Dairy Campus show that cows that successfully reach the next parity, have higher fatty acid concentrations in blood in early lactation, and also have...
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....
How do you measure emissions in an open barn?
Much effort is being made within the Dutch livestock sector to reduce ammonia and methane emissions. But, how do you measure these emissions? How do we know what the current concentrations are? And, even more to the point, how can you measure emissions...
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