cow breeding News

  • Genome analysis helps in breeding more robust cows

    Genome analysis of 234 bulls has put researchers, including several from Wageningen Livestock Research, on the trail of DNA variants which influence particular characteristics in breeding bulls. For example, two variants have proven responsible for disruptions to the development of embryos and for curly hair, which is disadvantageous because more ticks and parasites occur in curly hair than in ...

  • When is a cow like a car?

    Martin Barrow, Head of Footprinting at the Carbon Trust discusses the need for the meat industry to take action on carbon emissions. When is a cow like a car? It may sound like a joke, but the answer could be serious for meat producers. Red meat is suffering from a wave of bad press. Shoppers' confidence in beef products has been knocked by the horsemeat scandal which has also increased ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Monitoring cow nutrition

    This month 2013 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup winner Bill Higgins updates us on the latest news from Wilderley Hall Farm, Pulverbatch, Shropshire, and in particular cow nutrition. Following on from last month’s article we are a third of the way through the maize and the bucket brush is in full use. It does surprise me that after only six loads of maize from the first field we were checked out by the ...

  • Cow-calf Producers: Pay Attention to Livestock Nutrition Needs, Especially After Calving

    As livestock producers move from winter feed to spring grazing, they should pay extra attention to spring-calving beef cows to make sure their nutritional needs are met, says a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. That could mean leading the animals away from early green grass this spring, said John Grimes, beef ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Geneticists and smallholders in quest for perfect cattle

    Dairy farmers in East Africa could soon benefit from superior, affordable cattle breeds through a US$1 million research project. The Dairy Genetics East Africa (DGEA) initiative aims to help smallholders take full advantage of the region's booming dairy sector and improve their incomes by giving them access to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Minimizing Methane Release

    “Methane emissions from cows are decreasing, but not at the pace which the agricultural sector and the government agreed. The project, Reduced methane emission of dairy cows (ME001), will provide insights that enable targeted interventions for a 30% reduction of greenhouse gasses in the Netherlands by 2020”, explains prof. Johan van Arendonk in an interview for the Annual Report 2013 ...

  • Afimilk Users Named Top Herd Managers for Ontario Canada

    The milk recording and herd management organization, CanWest DHI, has pointed out the best two managed farms in the region of Ontario Canada. Both winners utilize Afimilk management systems. Albadon Farms Ltd was rated first and Summitholm Holsteins second in a monitoring process that serves as a barometer of overall herd performance. To assess performance, six ...


    By Afimilk Ltd

  • The National Dairy Show: free stall places, best show circuit facilities

    The Livestock Event’s National Dairy Show is scheduled to take a lead by offering exhibitors the best facilities on the show circuit with more free stall places and more time to showcase their cattle to the biggest commercial dairy farmer audience including international visitors. Equally, the event’s strict rules for showing dairy cows will enable fair competition and a level playing ...

  • Livestock Event: National Dairy Show - there`s still time to enter

    Stall bookings for the Livestock Event’s National Dairy Show have exceeded 200 stalls so far, however with five days to go to the booking deadline, there’s still time to enter. “The National Dairy Show staged at The NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 July and featuring seven different breeds is going from strength to strength. Over 200 stalls have been booked to date, ...

  • Livestock Event National Dairy Show Results 2014

    Stall bookings for cattle reached record levels at the Livestock Event, at The NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 2 and 3 Thursday July. Over 200 stalls were allocated for the National Dairy Show, together with over 145 pedigree beef cattle. “Last year visitors requested more livestock, consequently the event featured more space for dairy cows, more beef with three national shows for ...

  • Florida cattle ranchers seek locally grown label

    Under the "Fresh From Florida" marketing campaign offered by the state's agriculture officials to stores and consumers, people are encouraged to buy things that are grown and raised in the Sunshine State. Alligator, tomatoes and, of course, oranges are on the list. One thing isn't highlighted: Florida beef. That's because, unlike many other states, it's nearly impossible to buy beef that's been ...


    By Associated Press

  • FDA’s Antibiotics Plan Misses the Mark

    The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today released a progress report on its voluntary approach to reducing the use of antibiotics in farm animals, which relies on collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry. About 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for use in cows, chickens, pigs, and other farm animals. A majority of those antibiotics are fed routinely to animals ...

  • Scientists find whales more endangered in Exxon, BP and Rosneft oil areas

    Oil and gas exploration by energy giants Exxon, BP and Rosneft is seriously threatening one of the world’s most critically endangered whales, according to a panel of top scientists in a new report. The Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP), composed of 11 scientists and representatives from Shell and Sakahlin Energy, met in April to discuss how oil and gas development affect the whales’ main ...


    By WWF International

  • FDA’s New Antibiotics Policy Fails to Protect Health

    The U.S. Food & Drug Administration today released a long pending policy that lays out a voluntary approach to reducing the use of antibiotics in animals that are not sick. The policy, known as Guidance 213, was widely criticized by NRDC and other public interest organizations when it was released in draft form in April 2012, because it fails to require any changes in the use of antibiotics. ...

  • FIERAGRICOLA: An increasingly international event covering animal farming, markets, sub-contracting and bio-energy

    The VeronaFiere exhibition dedicated to the primary sector is second on a European scale for its cost/contact ratio, immediately behind Agritechnica in Hannover. Fieragricola this year expects more than 250 buyers from 35 countries. All the mainstays of the event are stronger than ever: Agrimeccanica, Zoosystem, Multi-function Exhibition, Agriservice, Bioenergy Expo. Not to forget precision ...


    By Veronafiere

  • Farmers could cut emissions while boosting production

    Farmers could earn more and protect the environment by using technologies and practices that reduce the global warming gases that livestock emit, according to a report by the UN Food ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New Cassava varieties promise food security in Zanzibar

    Millions of cassava farmers in eastern and central Africa are in distress from viral cassava diseases that are sweeping across the region and ravaging their crops. But their counterparts on the popular tourist island of Zanzibar are undergoing a quiet revolution using new disease-resistant and high-yielding varieties that were introduced three years ago. The four varieties, Kizimbani, Mahonda, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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