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RobustMilk: Improving Dairy Cow Robustness
RobustMilk is a project that has been funded through the EU Framework 7 Programme to join together six world-leading research organisations within EU that are actively working in dairy cattle breeding and have strong links with the dairy industry. It...
Iowa State University - Animal Industry Report 2011
The Annual Industry Report 2011 from Iowa State University includes a range of reports on cattle....
Starting With The End In Mind
Mycogen Seeds has become an industry leader in breeding silage-specific corn hybrids by starting with the end in mind, writes Sarah Mikesell, senior editor TheDairySite.com. ...
How Big A Problem Is Dairy Cow Mortality In The US?
Franlyn Garry from Colorado State University, has said that the frequency of adult dairy cow mortality appears to be increasing, and is related to culling, disease, and injury problems....
Building Up Concentrate Feed Levels Slowly - Are There Benefits?
During early lactation high yielding dairy cows are unable to consume sufficient food to support high levels of milk production, writes Andrew Dales, from the Agri-Food Biosciences Institure, Northern Ireland....
What Is An EBV And How Can It Help You?
Estimated breeding values (EBVs) are an essential selection tool, which are underused in the UK, says William Haires, Nuffield scholar and Pedigree/ Commercial beef breeder. ...
Managing Endometritis In Dairy Cows
Endometritis or whites is defined as the presence of pus in a vaginal discharge 21 days or more after calving, typically about 15 per cent of cows are affected, says XL Veterinary Group. ...
Natural Service Vs. Timed AI
Recently, a field study conducted by Fabio Lima, Carlos Risco, Albert De Vries, Jose Santos, and William Thatcher, from the University of Florida, compared reproductive performance of lactating dairy cows in a commercial dairy farm with cows bred by natural...
Prevalence And Control Of BVDV
A study conducted by the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System looks at the prevalence and control of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) on US cow-calf operations between 2007-2008....
XL Best Practice Articles: Colostrum Management
Failure to take in a sufficient amount of good quality colostrum is major risk factor which can lead to death and disease in young calves. This first feed contains important antibodies or immunoglobulins necessary to provide the calf with protection from...
Declining Fertility - A Problem Of High- Yielding Cattle?
A rise in milk yield may point to signs of declining fertility in dairy cattle, says Prof. Heinrich Bollwein, Clinic for Cattle at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover, Germany....
Using Genomics To Improve Business
One farmer in the UK aims to produce the perfect steak, and he is using genomics to do this. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junor editor speaks to Paul Westaway....
XLVets Best Practice Articles: Liver Fluke In Cattle
Over the past years we have seen an alarming increased incidence of liver fluke. This has coincided with a greater geographic distribution beyond the traditional at risk, high rainfall areas, says Rod Welford, from XL Vets....
Play Behaviour In Dairy Calves
Speaking at the Boehringer Animal Well-Being conference held in Barcelona, Margit Bak Jensen from the University of Aarhus, Denmark looks at play behaviour as an indicator of welfare in dairy calves. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor reports....
The Effect of Transport On Weanling Heifers
In the present study, the inflammatory, adrenocortical, metabolic and behavioural responses of weanling animals to transport were studied in 40 transported and 20 control heifers. The results of the study showed that transportation of weanling animals...
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