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Editorial: Improving Herd Performance

In Malaysia, scientists are testing a vaccine that spreads by itself, as a solution to the highly infectious hemorrhagic septicemia.

The disease causes losses of millions of dollars a year in many African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

The vaccine can be sprayed up an animal's nose and when it breathes out, the vaccine will remain airborne and be inhaled by other surrounding animals.

After vaccinating 30 per cent of a herd, self-vaccination does the rest, leading to 80 per cent immunity overall. The animals remain immune for up to four months while the vaccine itself survives for just two weeks in the environment.

Researchers in the US have determined that test-tube calf embryos have higher survival rates in heat-stressed cows than those produced by conventional artificial insemination.

The research shows that not only do pregnancy rates double, but there is also an increase in the proportion of heifers born.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Changing The Dry Cow Mindset
This paper, from Jantijn Swinkels and Rinse Jan Boersma of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, reviews the principle issues and attitudes concerning the dry cow period and the role of 60-day antimicrobial dry cow therapy. Summarised by Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor.
Beef From Market Cows: Feeding
The third in this three part feature from the Center for Research & Knowledge Management in the Department of Research, Education & Innovation at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association looks at the classification of market cows.
Irish Situation And Outlook For Dairying
A sharp rise in international butter and powder prices, coupled with favourable exchange rate movements has seen a strong recovery in Irish milk prices in the peak milk production season. With overall production costs largely unchanged, this means that 2010 will see a significant improvement in dairy farm margins relative to 2009.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: More Chinese Cattle Hit By FMD
 » Standard For Sustainable Cattle Production Systems
 » Animal Production, Climate Change and Diseases

   United States

 » Cattle Producers Rally Against GIPSA Rule
 » CAST Publishes Sustainability Report
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Wet, Muddy Conditions Can Lead To Lameness
 » Manage Corn Silage Harvest For Quality Cattle Feed
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Yield Potential Reduced?
 » U of I Dairy Courses Offer Opportunities
 » FDA Seeks Order Against Michigan Dairy
 » Increased Survival Chances For Test-Tube Embryos
 » CME Report: Market Comments
 » Japanese Biotech Media Team Tours Corn Farms
 » Maize Lines Bred To Resist Fungal Toxins

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   United Kingdom

 » Make Good Breeding Decisions This Autumn
 » Preventing Spoilage In Cheese
 » Comments Invited On Medicines Regulation Changes

   Ireland

 » Study: Agri-Food Industry’s View on Animal Cloning
 » Govt Needs Positive Outcome of Nitrates Review
 » Lowering The Cost Of Hot Water On Dairy Farms
 » Competing To Be The Top Dairy Farmer

   Canada

 » Canadian Cattle Back In Columbia
 » 2010 Western Canadian Grazing Conference

   New Zealand

 » No Bull - The Importance Of Free TB Testing
 » Dairy-Grazing Studies To Be Shown At Field Day
 » Lameness In Ruminants Addressed In NZ
 » What Issues Will Affect Dairy Farmers In The Future?

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   China

 » More of China's Cattle Hit by FMD
 » A Quality Traceability System For Dairy

   Bangladesh

 » No Anthrax Cattle In Dhaka

   Pakistan

 » International Workshop On Dairy Science

   Botswana

 » Rift Valley Fever Threatens Botswana

   Fiji

 » Dairy Farms Still On Alert After Brucellosis



That's all for this week!

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