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Cassava as Animal Feed in Ghana: Past, Present and Future
The use of cassava as a feed for ruminants and non-ruminants (poultry and pigs) in Ghana could reduce the high cost of feed, increase livestock production and create job opportunities, according to a new report from UN Food and Agriculture Organization...
AgriLife Research Develops New Lines of Cool-season Grasses
Breeding lines of summer-dormant cool-season grasses suited for the Rolling Plains are ready for seed increase after four years of improvement at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center near Vernon. ...
Forage Focus: Cereal Rye a Cover Crop with Feed Value?
Dairy and beef producers should look into rye as a grazing or forage crop because of good performance across the board, according to an Ohio State Extension Educator. ...
Supplementary Feed Location and Cow Behaviour
Supplementary feeding, either before or after milking, prompts similar grazing behaviour in terms of bite time and rate, says Nicholas Lyons of Sydney University....
Nitrate Can Cut Dairy Cow Methane Emissions
Danish researchers are feeding 400 grams of nitrate daily, targeting a 20 per cent drop in methane emissions in cattle to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture. ...
Silo Maintenance Could Save Lives
Badly maintained feed and grain silos have resulted in multiple deaths in the Corn Belt, farmers have been warned. ...
Mastitis: What is it Costing You?
Irish farmers have a mastitis costing programme to deliver an objective figure on what somatic cell counts have on farm margins. ...
Processing Corn Silage can be Advantageous for a Dairy Operation
A new corn silage called 'shredlage' is the buzz word in US dairying with nutritionists talking of higher feed intake and ease of digestibility and feed efficiency. ...
Wholecrop: A Potential Alternative Forage
If current forage stocks are still looking low after first and second cut, then take a serious look at wholecrop in the next few days, writes Advanced Nutrition’s Eoghan Mullery....
Genetic Selection Opportunities to Improve Feed Efficiency
Higher feed costs could jeapordise productivity if farmers do not tackle feed efficiency properly, according to Chad Dechow of Penn State University. ...
Beating the Fodder Crisis: Hydroponic Barley Sprouting
The Irish fodder crisis gave one quick witted producer in Ireland the opportunity to experiment with a contemporary solution - hydroponic barley sprouting....
Evaluation of Blood and Milk Oxidative Status During Early Postpartum of Dairy Cows
Antioxidant stress in Brown cows was able to counter oxidative damage, which is more likely to occur than in Italian Friesians, according to a paper from the University of Bari....
Controlling Birds on Dairy Farms
Every year, dairy farms lose out on hundreds of dollars of feed through local bird populations, but with appropriate bird proofing, poisoning or trapping, money can be saved, say experts from Dairy Herd Management, edited by Kim Schoonmaker. ...
Heifer Rearing Goals
Targets for rearing heifers have altered in recent years as priority has shifted to weight at time of first calving with age now coming second, write Dave Winston, Virginia State University Extension....
The Impact of Forage Quality on Ration Cost and Feed Inventory
Forage decisions over the coming weeks have long term impacts on expenses and costs which is why last winter was so hard as forage had poor fermentation and little starch, reports R E James, Dairy Nutrition expert at Virginia State University Extension....
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