Livestock Management Articles

  • Managing Livestock Medicine

    In an ideal world, our cattle would never get sick. But this is the real world, and you need to be prepared. Not only should you have the right medical supplies for your livestock on hand, but also be aware of how to store and handle your livestock medicine. Storage Facilities Ideally, maintaining a facility that stores your medicine will keep you organized. Of course, you ...


    By Lakeland Group

  • A four‐country ring test of nontarget effects of ivermectin residues on the function of coprophilous communities of arthropods in breaking down livestock dung

    By degrading the dung of livestock that graze on pastures, coprophilous arthropods accelerate the cycling of nutrients to maintain pasture quality. Many veterinary medicinal products, such as ivermectin, are excreted unchanged in the dung of treated livestock. These residues can be insecticidal and may reduce the function (i.e., dung‐degradation) of the coprophilous community. In the present ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • More water flows from Western Sudan as virtual water than the flow of the River Nile in former Sudan

    This study argues that by mobilising ‘social resources’, communities in water-scarce, semi-arid areas can not only successfully sustain a livelihood, but they can also play an important role in the water budget of their semi-arid regions. The pastoralist communities in the Darfur region of west Sudan utilise the limited volumes of green – root-zone – water in the soil to rear livestock. They ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The number one thing each of us can do to protect biodiversity

    Reducing our consumption of animal products can go a long way toward conserving endangered habitat around the world. Agriculture expansion is the leading driver of natural habitat loss worldwide. However, most of this growth is not to produce vegetables, fruits or grains to be eaten by people. Ecosystems are destroyed overwhelmingly to feed livestock. Livestock production ...


    By Ensia

  • Validation of a standard field test method in four countries to assess the toxicity of residues in dung of cattle treated with veterinary medical products

    Registration of veterinary medical products (VMPs) includes the provision that field tests may be required to assess potential non‐target effects associated with the excretion of product residues in dung of treated livestock (Phase II, Tier B testing). However, regulatory agencies provide no guidance on the format of these tests. Here, we report development of a standardized field test method ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife

    Can the right breed help keep both domestic animals and native carnivores alive? This story was co-published with High Country News, a nonprofit media organization that covers the important issues and stories that define the American West. On a bright fall morning in central Washington, a flock of ...


    By Ensia

  • The perils of zero tolerance: technology management, supply chains and thwarted globalisation

    Tolerance levels exist for many undesirable attributes in food for which there exists general consensus regarding the potential food safety hazard: insect fragments, stones, livestock antibiotics, chemical residues, weed seeds, etc. Yet much of the current debate about zero tolerance relates to the presence of genetically modified (GM) material, with far less consensus regarding the acceptance ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • African countries must improve livestock data

    Africa still suffers from a lack of good quality data on livestock that could be used to measure and improve progress as well as inform policymaking processes, scientists have said. Good data are crucial for identifying effective public and private sector investment opportunities, and in helpling to improve the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nutrient transport characteristics of livestock manure in a farmlan

    Background :Livestock excretions containing high concentration of nutrient, pig liquid fertilizer, and cattle manure were applied to agricultural land. The characteristics of nutrient transport were examined in surface runoff and groundwater by an artificial rainfall event at real scale field site. Also, the effects of the artificial rainfall event on the characteristics of residual soil after ...

  • Economic dimensions and directions of animal disease policy

    Widely publicised incidents of transboundary animal diseases (TADs), devastating to local livestock industries, have occurred worldwide creating a greater awareness of the role of response policy selection on TAD spread risk and risk of initial introduction into previously disease free areas. In particular, drawing on past TAD outbreaks, the literature and the intrinsic characteristics of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Moral drought: The ethics of water use

    Water has been called the berth of life as it performs basic ecological functions in every environment. Many relevant water properties are not discernible to the human senses: microbes are invisible; colour and taste often give little indication of water composition or potability. For this reason, technological deficiencies in water management are often responsible for disease, mortality and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Flood Event Capacity Building

    Experiences, e.g. in the years 2002, 2006 and 2011, showed the dangers and consequences Elbe-floods can cause for people, livestock and material assets. Depending on the geographical situation, the type of farm and other aspects every farmer has to concern many different things to protect his farm against flood and cope with the consequences. The Chamber of Agriculture represents the interests ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Inside stories on climate compatible development: Zambia

    Production of staple crops, such as maize, is under increasing risk in Africa because of climate change and depleting soil fertility. The potential consequences for food security are dire. Climate change and food security must be tackled together. Modern methods of agroforestry and “conservation agriculture with trees” are employing age-old indigenous practices of natural ...

  • Flood event capacity building

    Experiences, e.g. in the years 2002, 2006 and 2011, showed the dangers and consequences Elbe-floods can cause for people, livestock and material assets. Depending on the geographical situation, the type of farm and other aspects every farmer has to concern many different things to protect his farm against flood and cope with the consequences. The Chamber of Agriculture represents the interests ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessing agroforestry`s advantages

    Agroforestry, the deliberate placement of trees into crop and livestock operations, can help capture substantial amounts of carbon on agricultural lands while providing production and conservation benefits. However, we currently lack tools for accurately estimating current and projected carbon values in these systems. In North America, windbreaks are an effective carbon-capturing option. Only ...

  • Earthworms helping economy, improving ecology and protecting health

    Earthworms can treat organic garbage, livestock manure and poultry droppings and turn them into premium organic fertilisers, because humus only exists in earthworm feces and castings, compared with other fertilisers. Earthworms can also supply quality animal protein as feed, and offer the best raw materials for the biochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Vermiculture should be put into a whole ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Impacts of beef producer compensation programmes to remediate negative economic outcomes of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Canada

    Before the first domestic case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was identified in May 2003, Canada was the world's third largest exporter of cattle behind the USA and Australia. After the detection of BSE, over 30 countries imposed an immediate ban on imported Canadian beef and cattle products, including the USA. The interdependence of the Canadian beef industry with that of the US ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Supplementation strategies effects on performance of beef heifers grazing stockpiled pastures

    The increased cost of inputs has led livestock producers in the southeastern United States to use alternative management practices to supplement beef cattle (Bos spp.) on pastures. The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of beef heifers grazing stockpiled limpograss [Hemarthria altissima (Poir.) Stapf & C.E. Hubb.] pastures supplemented with cottonseed meal (CSM, Gossypium ...

  • Integrated warm- and cool-season grass and legume pastures: i. seasonal forage dynamics

    High temperatures and scarce precipitation often cause the productivity and quality of cool-season pastures in Southwest Michigan to decline for an extended period during the summer. This study was conducted to determine whether integration of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) or big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii Vitm.) into cool-season grazing systems would mitigate this period of low pasture ...

  • Defoliation management of Bahiagrass Germplasm affects cover and persistence-related responses

    Bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum Flügge) cultivars are valued for their persistence under grazing and low management inputs. However, they are daylength-sensitive and have minimal cool-season production, resulting in high winter feeding costs in forage-based livestock systems. New germplasm is less daylength-sensitive, possesses greater cold tolerance, and is more productive during the cool season, ...

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