cattle record Articles

  • 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

  • Improved performance of red worms (Eisenia andrei) in compost of cattle manure rinsed with water

    To achieve satisfactory results with vermiculture, it is important to know how many times to rinse cattle manure to eliminate salts. Treatments under evaluation were 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 rinses in a tap water: manure ratio of 1 : 1 (v/v). Electrical Conductivity (EC), Biomass of Worms (BW) and Number of Cocoons (NC) were evaluated. The EC ranged from 2.57 to 0.5 dS·m−1 for T0 and T4. ...


    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

  • Drought Hits the Heartland of USA

    Worldwide, 2012 has been the year of drought. From the Midwest of the USA to the granaries of the Black Sea, from South Asia to the Sahel region of Africa, producers the world over have had to find ways to farm their land in the face of ravaging droughts or feeble monsoons. Both largeholders in food exporting regions and small-holders in poor countries have been hit by these droughts, which have ...

  • The McGowans, Perthshire, Scotland

    The McGowans’ Gaia-Wind turbine powers their water bore hole; cattle sheds; and farmhouse and has given them control over their rising electricity bills. Purchased turbine: March 2010 Average annual energy production: 21,170 kWh Predicted payback period: 5-6 years “We own a mixed livestock and arable farm in Perthshire, Scotland. About two years ago ...


    By Gaia-Wind Ltd.

  • Capabilities of four novel warm-season legumes in the southern great plains: Grain production and quality

    Grain legumes could serve as a low cost nitrogen (N) and energy source for animal production in the southern Great Plains (SGP). This study evaluated the yield and nutritive value of grains of tropical annual legumes novel to the SGP. Included were cultivars of pigeon pea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.] (cv. GA-2), guar [Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub.] (cv. Kinman), cowpea [Vigna unguiculata ...

  • Stuart Stephen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

    Excellent energy production from his Gaia-Wind turbine means that Stuart Stephen has managed to reduce his quarterly energy bills by up to 75% on his Aberdeenshire farm. Purchased turbine: January 2011 Average annual energy production: 43,000kWh Predicted payback period: 4 years “At Netherthirds Farm in the North East of Scotland, we do mixed farming; ...


    By Gaia-Wind Ltd.

  • Product Recalls

    Product Recalls Food product recalls have been a concern to consumers for many years. They incur immense direct costs for manufacturers and retailers, can shake consumer trust and may lead to consumers switching to competitors' brands. The number of food borne diseases that lead to mass product recalls is high - in the USA, over 17,000 cases of food poisoning were recorded for the year 2006. ...


    By Creme Global

  • Digging for data on Africa’s climate future

    The cardboard box is covered with a layer of dust so thick it must have been tucked away in this Kenyan basement for decades. The researcher wipes off the dust and rummages through the papers stored inside by someone long since retired. Sheet after sheet of neatly typed paper emerges, the faded rows of numbers detailing rainfall, temperature and wind speed. In a way, the researcher is hunting for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Impact of Agri-environment measures

    The application of agri-environment contracts concerning 1 farmer in every 7 and delivering environmental services over 20% of European farmland, marks a very significant step towards sustainability. The target set in the 5th Environmental Action Programme of 15% coverage by 2000 has thus already been exceeded. The requirement on Member States to apply the regulation throughout their territories ...

  • Tapping the potential of codigestion

    Codigestion refers to processing multiple biodegradable substrates (feedstocks) in an anaerobic digestion (AD) system. A more contemporary definition refers to the digestion of a combination of select biodegradable feedstocks with a base substrate that an AD system was designed to handle. The intent is to maximize the production of biogas (i.e., renewable energy) by adding substrates that produce ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Does one of the world’s most abundant animals need protection from our appetite?

    As demand grows and habitat disappears, scientists ponder tighter controls on the Antarctic krill harvest. Barely longer than your thumb, weighing under an ounce and nearly translucent, delicate crustaceans known as krill are vital to ocean ecosystems around the world. In the waters that encircle Antarctica, krill are an essential food source for penguins, baleen and blue ...


    By Ensia

  • Full Planet, Empty Plates: Chapter 2. The Ecology of Population Growth

    Throughout most of human existence, population growth has been so slow as to be imperceptible within a single generation. Reaching a global population of 1 billion in 1804 required the entire time since modern humans appeared on the scene. To add the second billion, it took until 1927, just over a century. Thirty-three years later, in 1960, world population reached 3 billion. Then the pace sped ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • 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

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