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Bovine EID Update
At the end of February, the European Commission announced that it was working on a proposal to introduce electronic identification in bovine animals. TheCattleSite Editor Charlotte Johnston speaks with Sergio Pavon, the European Commission official in...
Plan Now To Improve Calving Weight
With higher calf prices in the fall of 2010, there is a belief in the industry that the prices will hold going into the fall of 2011. Higher prices provide an incentive to increase calf weaning weights and dollars received per calf when this upcoming...
Calf Health
The aim of successful calf rearing is to produce a healthy calf which is capable of optimum performance throughout its life from birth through to finishing, reports Bernadette Earley, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc....
High Concentrate Diets For Dairy Bulls
Finishing bulls on high concentrate diets is a high cost system with a large input of concentrate feeds. This article outlines the system required to ensure maximum performance, whilst remaining profitable, says Siobhán Kavanagh, Teagasc Specialist...
Beef Production From The Dairy Herd
At a recent dairy calf to beef conference in Ireland, Padraig French from Teagasc, Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, looked at current trends in beef production from the dairy herd. ...
Bull Beef Production From Holstein/Friesian Male Calves
The most profitable system of bull beef production is one where early born calves have a long grazing season, are well developed at the start of finishing and so require only a relatively short finishing period, say E.G. O'Riordan and M.G. Keane from...
The Dry Cow Period Step-By-Step
Jantijn Swinkels and Rinse Jan Boersma, of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health look at the dry cow period step by step, emphasising events and opportunities to maximise the next lactation....
Changing The Dry Cow Mindset
This paper, from Jantijn Swinkels and Rinse Jan Boersma of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, reviews the principle issues and attitudes concerning the dry cow period and the role of 60-day antimicrobial dry cow therapy. Summarised by Charlotte...
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...
Saving Pennies to Make Dollars
When times are tough in the dairy industry, we try to find ways to become even more efficient than we already are, writes Laura Kieser, Extension Educator-Carver/Scott Counties. This report was published by the University of Minnesota Dairy Extension....
Effects of Shipping and Heat Stress on Embryonic Mortality in Cattle
Embryonic loss is the greatest economic loss in the cow/calf industry, affecting number of cows carrying to term and percent calf crop weaned, say Sarah Fields and Dr. George Perry, South Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department....
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