cattle farm Articles

  • Adding Value To On-Farm Digesters

    ANAEROBIC digestion of dairy manure and food processing residuals in Michigan is not a new undertaking. Over the years, 11 farm digesters were constructed in the state, of which four are still operational, reports Michelle Crook of the Michigan Department of Agriculture in a presentation in the spring of 2007. “Three of the operating digesters are for livestock manure and one is for food ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 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

  • 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

  • Effect of cattle slurry separation on greenhouse gas and Ammonia emissions during storage

    Storage of cattle slurry leads to emissions of methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), ammonia (NH3), and carbon dioxide (CO2). On dairy farms, winter is the most critical period in terms of slurry storage due to cattle housing and slurry field application prohibition. Slurry treatment by separation results in reduced slurry dry matter content and has considerable potential to reduce gaseous ...

  • Certified Organic Farm Relies on Compost

    Located 50 miles northwest of Dayton, Ohio, the owners of Fresh Aire Farms grow crops on over 250 acres of farmland, relying on high quality compost as a soil conditioner and nutrient amendment. Dan and Michelle Young started composting seven years ago to reduce the amount of chemical inputs they had to buy. “We are a certified organic farm incorporating sound cropping principles,” says Dan ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Lessons learned from bovine spongiform encephalopathy for the future management of the Canadian cattle industry

    Globally, Canada is only a minor beef producing country, and yet ranks fourth among countries exporting beef products. That fact alone shows considerable market vulnerability. When coupled with dependence on corporate-owned slaughter capacity and heavy reliance on only one export market (the USA), that vulnerability is magnified. Economic losses from BSE in Canada following the occurrence of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Open-air windrows for winter disposal of frozen cattle mortalities: effects of ambient temperature and mortality layering

    After imposition of fees for disposal of cattle carcasses by the rendering industry, on-farm methods of mortality disposal are being investigated. Three open-air mortality compost windrows were constructed in January (JAN) and February (FEB) of 2004 in the cold, semiarid climate of southern Alberta, Canada. Windrow A included a base of barley straw a minimum of 46 cm thick, a layer of cattle ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Ecosystem management planning for farm conversion - case study

    Based on a survey that revealed unexpected plant and animal treasures, we developed an ecosystem management plan to harmonise activity with the environment. Based on a survey that revealed unexpected plant and animal treasures on a Western Cape Farm, we developed an ecosystem management plan to harmonise economic activity with the natural environment. Voorhoede Farm near Caledon in the ...

  • Cost-Benefit Analyses: Exploring the Economics of On-Farm Composting

    When exploring the merits of on-farm composting, the question most often raised is: What are the economics? How do the savings or revenues from on-farm composting compare to the costs? Of course, the answer is the ever present “it depends.” Expenses, resources, revenue opportunities, environmental constraints and circumstances vary greatly from one farm to the next. Most people would agree that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • From factory to farm – industry opportunities for surplus food

    Food waste management is a common topic in the industry, as manufacturers and retailers strive to improve their environmental compliance and, ultimately, their profitability. But in line with the increasingly popular concept of the circular economy, specialist surplus food recycler SugaRich is working with producers and stores, large and small, to show that this ...


    By SugaRich

  • Characteristics of rural smallholder communities in northern Vietnam, with particular emphasis on dairy farming

    The objective of this field questionnaire survey was to provide information about the characteristics of rural smallholder farming communities, which have been targeted by the Vietnamese government's dairy development policy. The results from this study suggest that the adoption of dairy farming is partly determined by pre-existing wealth of the farming households. It is, therefore, more likely ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Neuthox helps eliminate Salmonella at duck farm - Case Study

    French farmer beats Salmonella infection in duck production with NEUTHOX In 2013 a duck farmer successfully eliminated the Salmonella and improved the feed conversion rate by installing a DCW ECA generator. The ECA generator has various application possibilities, but has been proven to help achieve remarkable results in particular within animal husbandry. Using an electrolysis ...

  • Molecular characterization of giardia isolates from calves and humans in a region in which dairy farming has recently intensified

    Giardiasis is a notifiable disease of high prevalence in New Zealand, but there is limited knowledge about the sources of Giardia duodenalis genotypes that can potentially cause human infections. Dairy calves are one environmental source of Giardia isolates, but it is unknown whether they harbor genotypes that are potentially capable of causing ...

  • Assessment of swine-specific bacteriophages of Bacteroides fragilis in swine farms with different antibiotic practices

    We assessed the occurrence and specificity of bacteriophages of Bacteroides fragilis in swine farms for their potential application in microbial source tracking. A local B. fragilis host strain, SP25 (DSM29413), was isolated from a pooled swine feces sample taken from a non-antibiotic farm. This strain was highly specific to swine fecal materials because it did not detect ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Top 5 Farm Safety Tips just in time for Canadian Agricultural Safety Week

    Farm safety is a serious concern. Between hazardous farm equipment and sometimes erratic livestock, our frontline producers live in a very dangerous world. However, while farms are one of the most risky places to work, farm safety doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. That’s part of the reason the Canadian ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Analysis of energy and exergy utilisation of Jordan's agricultural sector

    This paper presents detailed analysis of energy and exergy utilisation in the agricultural sector of Jordan, by considering the sectoral energy and exergy flows through the main end uses of sub-sectors. Artesian water wells, agricultural machinery, poultry and cattle farms consumed about 57.0, 12.3, 27.3 and 3.4%, respectively, of the total energy used by the agricultural sector in the year 2004. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Agronomic impact of earthworms, cow dung compost, vermicompost and chemical fertilisers on growth and yield of brinjal ( Solanum melongena )

    The pot experiment was conducted to assess the impact of live earthworm + cattle dung (as feed), cow dung compost, vermicompost, chemical fertilisers and control (without fertiliser) on growth and yield of brinjal (S. melongena). Growth and yield parameters were significantly superior in the pots treated with live earthworms as compared to other fertiliser inputs at 5% level. The plant height ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Anaerobic Digester

    An ultra modern waste-to-energy plant near Chin, Alberta, will be built using Highmark's patented IMUS technology.  It will be a multi-feedstock system, capable of digesting potatoes, cattle manure and other nearby waste while killing off pathogens.  The whole community will benefit from the Perry family's innovation and forward-thinking stewardship of their century-old farming ...


    By Himark bioGas Inc

  • Pasture Trial – Waroona (2014/2015) - Case Study

    At Waroona in the Peel region of Western Australia in 2014, 12 by 1m square wire cattle cages were placed at random to evaluate the effects of Hibrix pasture treatment combined with 50kg/ha of super phosphate versus the growers standard fertiliser usage of 100kg/ha of super phosphate. The Hibrix treated plots produced significantly higher amounts of dry matter without any reduction in pasture ...


    By NW Solutions

  • Tips And Vital Points For Solar Irrigation Projects

    The Article highlights important points that should be taken care of from planning to commissioning of a solar powered irrigation project. For example: points to consider during sizing of the project; defining the objectives of the project; study of the project site with respect to the historical site solar data and climate data. There are points to consider during installation of the project, ...


    By Bati Energy Private Limited

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