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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....
Highlights of the Past and a Look into the Future of Dairy Nutrition
Nutrition is critical and does not change with feed and milk prices. This is the crux of Michael F. Hutjens' look into past and future nutritional issues in which he predicts more forage-based rations and by-product use will be needed in conjunction with...
Precision Feeding Dairy Heifers: Strategies and Recommendations
Heifer production profitability rests on feed efficiency. Geoff Zanton and Jud Heinrichs of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at Penn State University have analysed the precision feeding systems for dairy heifers in a controlled feeding environment....
Handle Sexed Semen with Care to Maximize Heifer Fertility
Proper thawing and hygiene procedures, speed of administration and accurate identification of heifers in estrus are all ways in which heifer fertility rates can be raised, according to Joseph Dalton at the University of Idaho....
The Effect of Genetic Merit for Fertility Traits on Regulation of the Somatotropic Axis in Hepatic Tissue in Holstein cows
An in depth look into the complex science behind genetic traits for fertility is given in this project outline by researchers at Teagasc....
Out-Wintering of Cattle:Management and Precautions
Although money is saved on bedding and feed there are many potential negatives involved when wintering cattle outside warns the National Animal Disease Information Service who stress the importance of good management even in a mild winter. ...
Effects of Increased Dietary Fat from Distillers Grains on the Long-term Dairy Heifer Performance
Researchers at South Dakota State University have been looking into heifer performance and growth investigating the effects of feeding distillers dry grains with solubles to 33 young holstein heifers. ...
Milk Production Leaps 11.3 per cent for 2011/12 Season
Higher production per cow and per hectare to record breaking levels is the message from a New Zealand Dairy Statistics publication by the Livestock Improvement Corporation and industry-good body DairyNZ. ...
Effect of Trace Mineral Supplementation on the Reproductive Performance of Lactating Dairy Cows
A TEAGSC report looking into trace mineral presence in pasture based dairying examined the effects of slow release trace mineral (TM) boluses at varying times. The experiment, which surveyed five Irish farms, concentrated on low-input, pasture based herds...
Raising Dairy Heifers in the States - An Operations Overview
A report from the USDA has been released on heifer rearing in the US. Covering hundreds of farms in 21 states the report aims to provide an overview of dairy heifer raising operations. The report covers a broad range of facets in the industry such as...
Identifying Profitable Beef Bulls for Use in Irish Dairy Herds
TEAGASC Researchers at the Animal and Grassland Research and Innovations Centre have been working to create a new index which should facilitate easy identification of the most suitable beef bulls for use in dairy herds. ...
How Does Increased Dietary Fat from Traditional DDGS Effect Growth Performance in Dairy Heifers?
Over the last few years, research has been carried out for the South Dakota State University Extension IGrow on a long-term heifer feeding project researching the effects of feeding distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to pre-pubertal dairy heifers....
Balancing Rations for Dairy Cattle
When balancing rations for dairy cattle, several input variables are important for predicting the nutrient requirements and the predicted outcome of the diet, writes Shane Gadberry from the University of Arkansas....
Management and Economic Considerations in Dairy Heifer Development
MIichael Looper, from the University of Arkansas looks at management and economic considerations in dairy heifer development. ...
Dairy Reproductive Management Using AI
Reproductive efficiency of the dairy herd is important to the economic success of the dairy operation. Michael Looper, Professor of Animal Science at the University of Arkansas discussed artificial insemination for dairy reproductive management....
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