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How to Make Quality Hay: Understand How it Dries
Don't be fooled - delaying harvest will sacrifice forage quality, warns an Ohio forage expert. ...
Managing Cow Lactation Cycles
Poor feeding management of cows can lead to shorter, lower yielding lactations and increase calving interval. This report by John Moran from Asia Dairy Network explains the changing feed requirements of cows over the lactation cycle and how to match this...
Vitamin E Supplements Reduced Retained Foetal Membranes in Cows
Retained foetal membranes (RFM) in dairy cattle are never a good thing. Recent research from the Universities of São Paulo and Florida showed that vitamin E supplements reduced the incidence of RFM....
Tips for Cost Effective Calf Rearing
Weaning calves as quickly as possible may seem cheap but there can be some hidden longer-term costs, says Dr Bob James at Virginia Tech....
How to Get Rid of Bedstraw
Smooth bedstraw is an invasive and opportunistic weed, which requires management to prevent proliferation in forage fields....
Fluffy Cows: Getting Behind the Internet Sensation
Pictures of pampered cattle went viral on the internet last year. A science student and beef ambassador explains they aren't a particular breed, they've just been given special attention. ...
Best Practice in Calf Rearing
Calf rearing, Australians have been told, is like a jigsaw, with many vital elements all fitting together in balance. ...
Heifer Rearing: When Do They Pay You Back?
Recent estimates of the cost of rearing have ranged from £1,000 to £1,500, and tend to average around £1,200, report analysts at DairyCo. ...
Rumen Papillae Adapt During Transition Period
Dietary strategies around the transition period are continually evolving, writes a ruminant specialist at a leading US research farm. ...
Does Forage Particle Size Affect Heifer Distiller Grains Utilisation?
Particle size is important for digestion in cattle, but there was little difference between growth performance of heifers fed either chopped or pelleted diets in a recent study....
Heifers Weaned Later Do Better
Replacement heifer calves weaned at heavier weights continue to outgrow the others, Irish research shows. ...
Hop Extract May be Suitable Alternative to Rumensin
An acid from hops could be used instead of rumensin in ionophore-free beef programmes, say Kansas researchers. ...
Calf Rearing Tips
With the current boom in the Irish dairy industry, many Irish beef farmers are considering the benefits of buying dairy-bred calves....
High Yielder But Low Impact: Genetics For the Perfect Cow
Tools monitoring cow burps, behaviour and milk are ways to identify the most effective cows, benefiting farm economies and the environment. ...
How to Prepare for Grass Tetany, Grass Staggers
As spring comes, Dakota's cattlemen are advised to watch for grass tetany and be proactive about blood magnesium....
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