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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. ...
Manage Animals Carefully to Cope With Heat Stress and Fair Seasons
Check your stock for excessive salivation, bunching of animals and trembling as Nebraska hosts hot weather, advises Lindsay Chichester of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. ...
The Impact of Forage Quality on Ration Cost and Feed Inventory
Forage decisions over the coming weeks have long term impacts on expenses and costs which is why last winter was so hard as forage had poor fermentation and little starch, reports R E James, Dairy Nutrition expert at Virginia State University Extension....
Feeding Cows During Drought: Forage Substitute and By-Product Feeding
Use of forage substitutes in low starch/high byproduct diets can maintain good milk production and components in late lactation cows, write University Researchers Mary Hall and Larry Chase....
Silage Pits Need Filling
Delaying cutting will increase bulk but quality will drop, says Teagasc adviser, Padraig O'Kiely in anticipation of fodder shortages this winter. ...
New Pasture Hope for Saltland Grazing
Melilotus Siculus, a cultivar of Messina offers grazing productivity increases on saline or waterlogged pastures and is set to be commercially available in 2015 thanks to work by the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)....
Food for 9 Billion: A Perspective on Global Agriculture in 2050
Dr Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, FAO, gave the second lecture in the Teagasc/RDS lecture series. Here he summarises the main points of his lecture: ‘Will we run out of natural resources needed for food production?’....
Adjusting Turnout Dates To Meet Range And Weather Conditions
Precipitation rates in Dakota have caused concern for cattle producers over soil condition of the State's rangelands. Pete Bauman, South Dakota State University looks at how to arrive a suitable turn-out date for the 2013 livestock grazing season. ...
Managing Risk on an Expanding Farm
Herds are expanding and have been for decades. John O'Sullivan's farm in Co. Kerry is no exception and he offers advice on how to grow your business safely through methods like; properly assessing the quality of leased land, grass budgeting and using...
Control of Liver Fluke and Rumen Fluke Infection in Sheep and Cattle in Northern Ireland
A summary of Liver Fluke is given by the Agri-Food and BioSciences Institute. The last few summers have provided good conditions for the parasite to grow and attention to the condition must be afforded to avoid losses. ...
Frost Seed to Renovate Pastures
Frost seeding is a great way to rejuvenate pasture and freeze/thaw action can be helped by cattle or sheep trampling in seed, but correct timing is vital, warns Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Wayne County University....
Australian Dairy Farming Overview-2012
The economic significance of Australia's dairy industry, regional variability, water management improvements and retail competition are the main issues seen in 2012, according to Ian Halliday, Managing Director of Dairy Australia in the first of several...
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. ...
Bedding Material in Dirt-Floor Pens Reduces Heat
During the summer months when 'heat load' is high the use of wheat straw as bedding on dry dirt flooring can lower temperatures, a Kansas State Cow-Calf Unit project has found....
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