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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....
Assessing Drought Management Strategies for Cattle
The objective for cattle producers is to "buy feeding days" of forages and/or grazing while maintaining a reasonable level of productivity, says this Government of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development report. ...
March Milk Production Down 0.2 Per Cent
March 2009 23 major dairy states milk production dropped 0.2 per cent. Production per cow was down 6 pounds from one year ago, says this Iowa State University, Iowa Farm Outlook report....
Early Life Management and Long-Term Productivity of Dairy Calves
The topic of calves and calf management traditionally involves discussions about dry cow management, colostrum, scours, rumen development and weaning, say M. E. Van Amburgh1, E. Raffrenato, F. Soberon and R. W. Everett, Department of Animal Science Cornell...
Managing Dairy Production Costs and Ratios
We have a number of terms and numbers thrown at us, especially in financially distressed times like now, writes Randy Pepin Todd County Extension Educator, Ag Production Systems in this University of Minnesota Dairy Extension publication....
Feed-Restriction Programs for Growing Heifers
Over the last 40 years, heifer growing programs have undergone various phases and encountered various issues, writes A. F. Kertz, as part of the proceedings from the University of Florida Dairy Extension 20th Symposium. ...
The Trials and Errors of Monitor Farms
Monitor Farms are designed to encourage farmers, veterinary surgeons and scientists to share best practise knowledge within local communities. So far, they have received encouraging results, but just how far does the scope of these projects fall? asks...
NFU Dairy Survival Plan for Turbulent New Age
The UK dairy industry has a bright future say analysts, so long as it can see out the accumulating short-term difficulties it currently stands on the verge of confronting, writes Adam Anson, reporting for TheCattleSite....
Developing a Sustainable Smallholder Dairy Stratergy
Rising commodity prices around the global are providing a backdrop against which investment in agriculture in developing countries is more conducive than ever before, reports proceedings from the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Food and Agriculture...
Cows Should Not Be Gift-wrapped
Cows should not be gift-wrapped. Very few questions are ever asked by those planning to purchase replacement cows, writes Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist. This article was produced by the North Dakota State University Extension Service....
Prevent. Capture. Release. Recycle: Solving GHG Emissions
Efforts to reduce livestock greenhouse gas emissions are being made worldwide, but understanding the effects these changes are really having is more difficult to comprehend than might be initially perceived, writes Adam Anson for TheCattleSite. ...
The Optimum Cow
The Optimum Cow - defining, identifying and propagating her has proven to be a challenge over time, writes Scott P. Greiner, Ph.D., Extension Beef Specialist, VA Tech. ...
A Closer Look at US CAFOs and the Data Void
Animal feeding operations in the United States have shot up by 230 per cent in the last twenty years. These large and crowded farm practises often lead to high levels of waste and inevitable pollution, but whilst trying to measure just how serious the...
Virtual Vet: Automated Dairy Farming
The automatic monitoring of health and performance in dairy herds has long been an idea assigned to the future, but Peter Løvendahl, a researcher in genetics and biotechnology at Aarhus Universitet, says that the technology has already arrived. The time...
Organic Livestock Production and Marketing
By Robyn Neeson, Organic Farming Liaison Officer, Farming Systems Research. Published in the New South Wales Primefacts edition 808....
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