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Breeding to fight livestock infections has much more potential than thought
The potential of genetic selection to reduce livestock infectious diseases is often considered limited because of low heritability of disease traits....
More than half of world’s rivers are non-perennial: researchers mapped them for first time
A new study of 64 million kilometres of rivers around the world reveals that between 51% and 60% of them stop flowing periodically or dry for part of the year. These findings, published on 16 June 2021 in Nature, stem from the first-ever effort to empirically...
Survival to next parity is related to milk production and metabolism of cows in early lactation
Health and lifespan of cows is associated with the start of a lactation. Results of a recent study at Dairy Campus show that cows that successfully reach the next parity, have higher fatty acid concentrations in blood in early lactation, and also have...
Lame cows recover better when housed in hospital pens
Lame cows benefit from housing in hospital pens. This is – in short - the result from a study made in collaboration between Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, and SEGES....
How do you measure emissions in an open barn?
Much effort is being made within the Dutch livestock sector to reduce ammonia and methane emissions. But, how do you measure these emissions? How do we know what the current concentrations are? And, even more to the point, how can you measure emissions...
Researchers seek targets to mitigate fescue toxicity in cattle
A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow researchers at the University of Georgia to examine the minutiae of cattle and fescue microbiome interaction to find targets that will help mitigate the effects of fescue toxicosis, a...
University study: the feeding value of pulp for cattle
Pulp is a fibre-rich by-product, emerging from the protein refining of grass-clover. As the pulp forms a considerable part of this process, the utilisation of this, by for instance dairy farmers, is extremely important....
Trees to feed the cows
Cows grazing on trees. This is a new form of grazing that INRA has developed for dairy cattle based on grass, fodder… and the leaves of living trees....
Dairy calves benefit from higher-protein starter feed
Dairy producers know early nutrition for young calves has far-reaching impacts, both for the long-term health and productivity of the animals and for farm profitability. ...
Equipment - Needed or Nice to Have?
For a cow-calf enterprise, the second largest expense after grazed and harvested feed is often overhead expenses related to labor and equipment....
The importance of observation in cattle handling
Understanding cow behaviour and changing how you act around them can save you time, reduce stress, and make your farm a safer place to work. It can be a huge source of frustration when cows don’t easily move when and where you want them to....
Five key points to consider when selecting teat dip for your herd
Irrespective of the season, never underestimate the importance of good udder hygiene....
Berry farmers put dairies’ plentiful waste products to use
Dairy farmers in Whatcom County generate nutrients in the form of cattle manure. Neighboring raspberry and blueberry farmers import nutrients in the form of fertilizer to maximize production. ...
How farm dams can maintain biodiversity on farm
Farm dams scattered across Australia have a vital role to play in conserving native animals, without compromising agricultural production. ...
Genome technology is blueprint to more productive herds
Genome technology has unlocked new cattle breeding methods which could improve fertility and lead to increases in profitability, sustainability and productivity....
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