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What Is Cold to a Cow?
US - Cows in good condition will need their ration increasing in energy density by one per cent every degree Fahrenheit below the lower critical temperature, US beef producers have been told as a rule of thumb....
Livestock Farmers to Benefit from Grassland Research
Scottish livestock producers are set to benefit from research being undertaken by four PhD students working on new projects which, if successful, could lead to improved industry efficiency and sustainability....
Estonia: Animal Production in 2004–2010
The developments in poultry, pig, beef and milk production in Estonia over the period are outlined by Liina Jurgenson, Head of the Bureau of Animal Products at the Ministry of Agriculture in a report entitled 'Animal Breeding in Estonia 2004–2011' from...
Correct Rations of Good Quality Maize Silage Reduces Feed Costs in Dairy Bred Bulls
A feed ratio of 75:25 good quality maize silage and concentrates fed to intensively finished dairy bulls reduces feed costs by 14 p/kg of gain compared to a 50:50 feed ratio, according to a trial that was carried out at Harper Adams University College...
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...
Land Application of Livestock and Poultry Manure
Factors affecting the fertiliser value of manure and recommendations for application are covered by Mark Risse, Extension Engineer at the University of Georgia's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, as well as practical aspects on how...
Dairying In Viet Nam
On a recent visit to Viet Nam, Stuart Lumb got the opportunity to visit three dairy units and a processing facility. He writes about them here for TheCattleSite. ...
The Benefits Of Seasonal Dairy Operations
The Southwest Research Center Dairy near Mt. Vernon, Missouri, provides an example of how dairies can operate seasonally and give family members some rest each year while also increasing profits....
The Economics Of Different Milk Production Systems
This article summarises the results produced by a profit maximising whole-farm economic model that was employed to identify financially optimal milk production systems for a typical Northern Ireland farm under varying market conditions. The systems assessed...
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Food Production
The UK's Low Carbon Transition Plan calls for an 18 per cent reduction on the 2008 levels of greenhouse gas emissions, which stood at 610 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, writes Chris Harris. ...
How Far Can Environmental Management Go Before Risking Health & Productivity?
Not much different in size from other dairy farms in the Netherlands, De Marke has much larger ambitions. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor looks at Wageninen University's research farm. ...
Getting The Dry Cow Fit For Purpose
Professor David Beever from Keenan addressed a seminar at the National All Breeds Show on dry cow nutrition, reports Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor....
Cattle Movement Systems
How can a new or upgraded cattle handling system improve safety and efficiency? Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor looks at the risks when handling cattle, how a good handling system can minimise these risks and what to look for when redesigning...
Driving is Not Herding
A few years ago, I was in Kenya, Africa, visiting development projects supported by my denomination. We visited a Masai tribal site on the Serengeti plain where young people were herding free ranging groups of cattle. There were no fences and plenty of...
Functional Quality Management Systems for Livestock Producers
Will livestock producers adopt a systematic management approach of continuous improvement and document their production practices to refine their management and satisfy requirements of customers? Asks John Lawrence of the Iowa Beef Center in this Leopold...
 
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