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Upgrade your grazing: Science leads to better alfalfa
At its core, basic science is a never-ending quest to uncover how the universe works. It all starts with a single question that, through research, multiplies, evolves, and often finds something completely new....
Why are my cattle bloating?
Bloat can have a significant economic impact on an operation due to animal deaths or the following treatments required by bloat-prone animals....
Phosphorous supplementation aids high cattle returns
Tara Station, near Cloncurry, has been in Dan Lynch’s family for generations. Tara is a 14,000ha property comprising 90% black soil and 10% red country. ...
Expert says Australia's cattle could support “rewilding” of landscape
Native Australian animals that have been wiped out of pre-colonisation habitats could be reintroduced to their natural areas, and a CQUniversity researcher hopes grazing cattle could help with the “rewilding”....
Multifunctional inoculation aims to revolutionize Brazilian pastures
The Embrapa Soja (PR) has just developed an innovative technology that combines microorganisms with multifunctional properties ( Azospirillum brasilense and Pseudomonas fluorescen s) with the potential to increase by 22% on average the production...
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...
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....
Revealing the diversity of genes behind better alfalfa hay
Alfalfa is a major Northwest crop and an important food source for dairy cattle and other livestock worldwide....
There’s a (black soldier) fly in my soup
It may seem a little hard to swallow but the larvae of a waste-eating fly could become a new alternative protein source for humans, according to a University of Queensland scientist....
Tips to Improve the Success of Weaning Beef Calves
Fall is officially here and with it will bring the country sound of calves bawling as weaning occurs on beef cattle farms. This time of year can be busy with field crops, getting the last cutting of hay and other farm activities. Take some time to prepare...
Annual Cow Costs – The Big Three
When looking at annual cow costs and doing an economic analysis, three categories tend to make up the largest percentage of total costs: feed, labor/equipment and cow depreciation....
Opportunities to improve hay quality
Recently I presented a summary of 10 years of hay testing results from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s forage testing program. This sample set included more than 14,000 hay samples. The full presentation can be viewed on the KY Forages YouTube...
 
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