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What is cow comfort?
Change management and mindset to design the environment for the cow, not the worker...
Farmers’ and vets’ views on the benefits of physiotherapy for cows underlined by student research
Both farmers and vets believe health and welfare of cows – and their productivity - can be by the use of physiotherapy, research by a Harper Adams student has suggested....
New study: Heat stress in dairy cows damages health of calves
Researchers reporting in JDS CommunicationsTM found that heat stress of pregnant dairy cows reduces fetal growth and influences performance and immune development of the offspring...
Is a Brisket Locator Really Necessary?
Properly positioned brisket locators provide correct resting space and minimize injury, writes Dan McFarland, Penn State Agricultural Engineer....
Keeping cows cool: heat abatement on a budget
When trying to address heat abatement in a dairy there is always a budget....
US dairy welfare expert speaks at UK collaboration event
There must be a move away from thinking of farm animal ‘health’ and ‘welfare’ as separate issues, for the benefit of both animals and productivity, according to renowned US dairy welfare expert Dr Jim Reynolds....
Oil supplements in feed improve the nutritional quality of milk
The nutritional quality of milk improved when fish oil or both fish and plant oil were added to the feed of lactating cows according to a study carried out at the University of Helsinki. Adding oil to feed also had an impact on ruminal lipid metabolism,...
Plant-based diets can pose a risk to bone health if adequate calcium and vitamin D intakes are not ensured
In a study conducted at the University of Helsinki, partial replacement of animal protein with plant protein in the diet altered bone metabolism and decreased calcium and vitamin D intakes. ...
Experts challenge current understanding of transition dairy cow health
Comprehensive review in the Journal of Dairy Science® examines the riskiest period for dairy cow health, between giving birth and milk production, in a new light...
Researchers use cameras to study the social interactions between cows
Data from sensors, showing the position of the cows, in combination with a video stream taken by cameras installed in the barn, are used to study the behavior of dairy cattle....
Reducing calves’ castration pain drives research
Reducing or mitigating the pain of castration for male beef calves is one of the main animal welfare concerns in the beef cattle industry today....
Environmental mastitis risk during housing
Udder infections may be picked up from the environment or transmitted from cow to cow (contagious transmission), so understanding the origin of infections can improve the effectiveness of any preventative steps. During this winter housing period take...
Neospora: significant cause of abortion in dairy, beef herds in Northern IrelandNI
Neospora also known as Neospora caninum is single celled parasitic organism that can affect cattle, particularly pregnant cattle, where it can result in abortion. The disease affects cattle worldwide, and once infected, cattle remain infected for life,...
Dairy calves use brushes for more than combing their hair
New research in the Journal of Dairy Science examines young cows’ use of brushes....
Reducing calves’ castration pain drives research
Reducing or mitigating the pain of castration for male beef calves is one of the main animal welfare concerns in the beef cattle industry today....
 
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