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What Factors Influence Reproduction Beyond the Voluntary Waiting Period?
Reasons for infertility in cattle are hugely varied, although new research has narrowed down the causes. ...
Don't Think Weather Worries Are Over
As the US waves goodbye to one of the toughest winters in memory, farmers are reminded that it is summer that can challenge cows most....
Helping Survival and Fertility Through Cross Breeding
Cross breeding Holstein cattle can improve conception rates, health and profit margin, and what's more there are numbers to show just exactly by how much. ...
What Floors and Surfaces Help Cow Longevity?
Lameness problems in cows can be prevented through investing in construction but also in simple management considerations like reducing waiting times and exposure to abrasive and unhygienic floors....
Is it Worthwhile Cooling Dry Cows?
Farmers cooling cows through the dry period can expect them to produce more milk, heavier calves and have fewer health problems, say two University of Florida researchers....
Five Musts For Fertility
Feeding and management at transition, high quality sires, knowledgable staff and the commitment to carry out protocols to the letter while adapting when necessary are the five key ingredients herd reproduction....
How to Deposit Semen Correctly in the Cow
Don't apply too much force and ensure proper sanitation measures, advised Professor William M Graves in his review of correct semen placement at artificial insemination (AI)....
Don’t Be So Lame - Time to Implement Solutions to Sore Feet
Low levels of lameness in large confined herds can be maintained if a six step approach is taken, writes Dr Nigel Cook, Department of Medical Sciences at University Wisconson-Madison....
Management Issues with Dry Cows and a New Feeding System for Improved Health, Welfare and Performance
High fibre diets can reduce periparturient health issues, says Professor David Beever, a Nutrition Expert with Keenan and Co. ...
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. ...
Modern Dairying Means Cow Signals Must be Picked Up
Larger herd size means monitoring cow health is increasingly difficult without help from rumination sensors, says dairy expert Marcia Endres....
Plummeting Somatic Cell Counts: The Changes Made at the UF Dairy Unit
Unless implementation is correct, mastitis control will not yield lower somatic cell counts on your farm, explains Eric Diepersloot, Herd Manger of the University of Florida dairy herd. ...
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....
Making Sure Somatic Cell Count Does Not Rise With Temperatures
As summer hots up, look at controlling mastitis pathogens by limiting fly populations, using teat sealants and in severe cases, using vaccines, advises Christina Petersson Wolf, Extension Dairy Scientist at Virginia State University. ...
Management Issues With Dry Cows and a New Feeding System for Improved Health, Welfare and Performance
Periparturient cows showed a three fold decrease in vet costs after being given high energy diets, says David Beever, a consultant from Ireland, who gathered evidence from 270 dairy farms finding that culling rate, weight loss and fertility all improved....
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