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Irish Dairy Gearing Up for Post-Quota Expansion
A trained engineer with a passion for dairy cows is one of many new entrants within the dairy sector targetting growth after 2015. ...
More than Welfare Benefits: Meeting the Cow's Needs in the Maternity Pen
Natural tendencies to seek isolation before calving could be provided for by a new maternity pen hoping to improve cow welfare as a result. ...
Cow Longevity: A Concept For Sustainable Food Production
Extending the productive life of cows and increasing overall productivity is central to the future of milk production....
Making Sure Your Cow Lies 10 Hours Per Day
A cow's daily life is a trade-off between time spent for eating and lying down, with animals prioritising ten hours daily rest over eating....
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....
Does Lactation Stage Affect Bacterial Shedding?
Evidence suggests cattle with Johne's disease shed bacteria into colostrum and milk, say a team of specialists at Iowa State University....
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. ...
Evaluation of Blood and Milk Oxidative Status During Early Postpartum of Dairy Cows
Antioxidant stress in Brown cows was able to counter oxidative damage, which is more likely to occur than in Italian Friesians, according to a paper from the University of Bari....
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...
Use of Nutraceuticals for Improving Animal Health During the Transition Period of Dairy Cows
Feeding fatty acids such as omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid to peripatrurient cows can reduce common health issues such as inflammation, metabolic and infectious diseases, digestive disorders and oxidative stress, according to Italian researchers....
An Integrated Investigation of Uterine Disease
Teagasc researchers and University partners are developing biomarkers for the early detection of uterine disease. ...
Lactation Biology Symposium: Circadian Clocks as Mediators of the Homeorhetic Response to Lactation
Homeorhetic controls are based on time-dependent changes in metabolism to establish a new physiological state, such as pregnancy or lactation, according to researchers T.Casey and K Plaut who revealed their paper at on Circadian clocks at the Lactation...
Determining Tasmanian Herd Size
Paul Lambert discusses labour, milking speed and walking distances as factors dictating expansion into large scale dairying in Tasmania in a report for Nuffield Australian Farming Scholars. ...
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. ...
Genetic Parameters for Perinatal Mortality in Irish Dairy Cattle
The Animal and Grassland Innovations Centre and TEAGASC have gathered data from Irish Cattle Breeding Federation for the years 2002 to 2011. They looked into whether perinatal mortality rates could be decreased through exploiting genetic variation traits....
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