cattle Articles

  • The Ins and Outs of Cattle Nutrition

    They say, “You are what you eat.” What goes in and out of our bodies is obviously important for our general health and maintenance. Well, the same holds true for our cattle as well, but with one main difference: Where we only have one stomach to worry about, they have four! Cattle are animals technically classified as ruminants, a distinction that includes sheep, ...


    By Lakeland Group

  • Improving Groundwater with Chemical Treatments

    Groundwater contributes to the health and well-being of a natural environment in the area and those systems connected to it. There are times that contaminants create an imbalance in groundwater, and a groundwater treatment system needs to be applied. Here are some chemical treatments that work to help ...


    By PotashCorp

  • Beef Farmer Spring 2017 `Trace elements are key to growth rates`

    Iodine has a direct impact on growth rates as it is incorporated into the thyroid hormones which control metabolism, promoting efficient live weight gain. Annie Williams, Animal Scientist with Agrimin says that many beef units fall short on achieving optimum growth rates because animals do not receive adequate levels of trace elements at grass. She says that with increased feed costs, many ...


    By Agrimin Limited

  • Nutrient accumulation below cattle feedlot pens in Kansas

    Received for publication April 30, 2008. Waste excreted on cattle (Bos taurus) feedlot pens is a source of N and other nutrients that could potentially leach into soil and negatively impact local groundwater quality. Analyses of soil chemical and physical properties beneath active open air feedlot pens were conducted at four Kansas locations to determine nutrient accumulation. Results were ...

  • Research highlights cattle emissions reduction opportunity

    Researchers in Denmark have measured the quantities of greenhouse gases in the breath of dairy cows and demonstrated a heritable variability between individual animals. “This means that we have an opportunity to select for breeding those individuals which will produce offspring that generate less methane,” says Dr Jan Lassen who led the research project on individual methane ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • Barley yield and nutrient uptake for soil amended with fresh and composted cattle manure

    Limited research exists on the long-term effect of fresh (FM) versus composted manure (CM) from beef cattle on barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) yield and nutrient uptake. Barley was grown (1999–2007) as silage on an irrigated clay loam soil in southern Alberta where organic amendments and fertilizer were annually applied for 9 yr in the fall of 1998 to 2006. The treatments were three rates (13, 39, 77 ...

  • Effect of poultry waste on vermicomposting of anaerobically digested cattle dung slurry

    This study was conducted to explore the effect of poultry waste (PW) on the vermicomposting of anaerobically digested cattle dung slurry (CDS) using Eisenia fetida worm species. A total of three vermicomposting beds, having different percentage of PW and CDS were established (100% CDS; 75% CDS + 25% PW; 50% CDS + 50% PW). At the end of experiment vermicompost showed a higher concentration of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nitrate leaching in two irrigated soils with different rates of cattle manure

    Received for publication December 15, 2008. Manure applied to irrigated land may potentially contaminate groundwater with NO3–N. An 8-yr field experiment was conducted in southern Alberta, Canada, to determine the effects of different rates of manure on NO3–N accumulation in two irrigated soil types and NO3–N leaching to shallow groundwater. An annual cereal silage was grown at each site and ...

  • Performance of a dispersion model to estimate methane loss from cattle in pens

    Received for publication December 29, 2008. Accurate measurements of enteric methane (CH4) emissions from cattle (Bos taurus) are necessary to improve emission coefficients used in national emissions inventories, and to evaluate mitigation strategies. Our study was conducted to evaluate a novel approach that allowed near continuous CH4 measurement from beef cattle confined in pens. The backward ...

  • Sulphur mineralization kinetics of cattle manure and green waste compost in soils

    Sulphur mineralization of cattle manure (CM) and green waste compost (GWC) added to six agricultural soils with different chemical properties was monitored over 10 weeks in a laboratory incubation experiment. Although the amount of sulphur was higher in CM than in GWC, the cumulative SO4 2--S values in GWC-treated soils were higher than in soil amended with CM. The percentages of mineralized S ...


    By SAGE Publications

  • Whose money is it? Cattle production and household income allocation in Southern Veracruz, Mexico

    Several studies have shown that the introduction of cattle production in the Mexican tropics has had damaging environmental and social effects. However, women's experiences have been overlooked in these studies. By taking a collective approach to the household, this paper analyses the control that women exercise over the income resulting from cattle production in Encino Amarillo, a Nahua ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Cattle gain and crop yield for a dryland wheat-sorghum-fallow rotation

    Increasing pumping costs and declining well capacities in the U.S. Southern High Plains have led to greater reliance on less productive and inherently riskier dryland cropping systems. Dryland wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and grain sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] are typically grown in a 3-yr wheat-sorghum-fallow (WSF) rotation that may be intensified by integrating cattle (Bos taurus) ...

  • Evaluation of cattle bedding and grazing BMPs in an agricultural watershed in Alberta

    This paper highlights the environmental impacts of implementing beneficial management practices to address cattle bedding and direct access to the creek in a study watershed in southern Alberta, Canada. Approximately 35 cow–calf pairs grazed 194 ha of grass forage and had direct access to the creek in the spring and summer. During winter, the cattle were fed adjacent to the creek at an old ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • CORNucopia of Opportunity in the Heartland: Or Just More Feed for the Political Cattle?

    We now live in a carbon constrained world. Fears of human induced climate change are bringing about changes in government, corporate and consumer behaviors. Investments in renewable energy are increasing, corporations are greening everything from their supply chain to their vehicle fleet, and consumers are seeking to minimize their ecologic footprint as well. Are some of our greening efforts ...


    By AHC Group

  • Dairy cattle manure improves soil productivity in low residue rotation systems

    Mineral fertilizer alone may not sustain soil productivity in cropping systems that return little crop residues to the soil, unless additional organic residues and/or manure is applied regularly to the soil. The objective of the present study was to assess the long-term effects of mineral fertilization (No fertilizer, PK, and NPK) and manure addition (0 and 20 Mg ha–1 yr–1) on soil physical and ...

  • Performance of a dispersion model to estimate methane loss from cattle in pens

    Received for publication December 29, 2008. Accurate measurements of enteric methane (CH4) emissions from cattle (Bos taurus) are necessary to improve emission coefficients used in national emissions inventories, and to evaluate mitigation strategies. Our study was conducted to evaluate a novel approach that allowed near continuous CH4 measurement from beef cattle confined in pens. The backward ...

  • Barley yield and nutrient uptake for soil amended with fresh and composted cattle manure

    Limited research exists on the long-term effect of fresh (FM) versus composted manure (CM) from beef cattle on barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) yield and nutrient uptake. Barley was grown (1999–2007) as silage on an irrigated clay loam soil in southern Alberta where organic amendments and fertilizer were annually applied for 9 yr in the fall of 1998 to 2006. The treatments were three rates (13, 39, 77 ...

  • Building reservation economies: Cattle, American Indians and the American West

    Removal to reservations involved American Indians in changing economies and federal 'civilisation' programs that were fueled by beef cattle, breeding cattle, working cattle (oxen) and dairy cattle. As 19th century reservations expanded, Native Americans negotiated the bovine economies as consumers, labourers, producers, retailers and marketers. Cattle, working oxen and dairy cows were intended to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nitrogen immobilization and mineralization kinetics of cattle, hog, and Turkey manure applied to soil

    Nitrogen mineralization and immobilization following manure application are critical processes influencing plant N supply and offsite N losses. We conducted laboratory experiments to examine the influence of these two processes in addition to N oxide gas production on N availability for 180 d following manure addition. A Tara loam (fine-silty, mixed, superactive, frigid Aquic Hapludoll) and a ...

  • Transport Of Fecal Bacteria From Poultry Litter and Cattle Manures Applied to Pastureland

    Abstract  Land applications of manure from confined animal systems and direct deposit by grazing animals are both major sources of bacteria in streams. An understanding of the overland transport mechanisms from land applied waste is needed to improve design of best management practices (BMPs) and modeling of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. Plots were established on pasturelands receiving ...


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