cow handling News

  • Higher milk yield by giving cows a name: fact or fiction?

    Fact! Increased human attention to the individual animal improves milk yield and cow behavior. On farms where cows were called by name, milk yield was found to be higher than on farms where this was not the case. Increased human attention to animals and predominant positive contact are the key factors in improving the quality of human-animal interactions. Human-animal interactions can ...

  • Goat farmers, producers handle increased demand for dairy

    Buying two goats in August 2008 was little more than an experiment for farmer Paula Olson and some entertainment for her daughters. Six and a half years, 14 milking goats and roughly $300,000 later, she's in the midst of constructing a small-scale creamery in Madrid, Iowa, that's set to feature goat milk, cheese, ice cream and more. And though her creamery isn't yet open, Olson said local ...


    By Associated Press

  • Scientists help farmers create greener dairies

    Cows stand patiently in a tent-like chamber at a research farm in western Wisconsin, waiting for their breath to be tested. Outside, corrals have been set up with equipment to measure gas wafting from the ground. A nearby corn field contains tools that allow researchers to assess the effects of manure spread as fertilizer. Scientists based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have started a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Monitoring methane emissions from agriculture and dairy farming

    Methane (CH4) is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted from human activities. In 2014, CH4 was responsible for around 11 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions caused by human actions. Methane is emitted by a range of natural sources such as marshlands, leakage from natural gas systems and livestock farming [1]. Domestic ...


    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd

  • In the world: nanotech on the farm - MIT chemical engineer Paula Hammond lends her nanotechnology expertise to farmers in Africa.

    Cassava is a tropical root vegetable and staple crop for millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. However, it’s tricky to handle: Once the root is removed from the ground, it spoils within one to three days, so farmers must get it to processing centers as soon as possible after harvesting it. If they don’t, the crop goes to waste. A simple way to prolong cassava’s shelf life could help farmers ...

  • Josh Svaty selected as senior adviser to EPA’s region 7 administrator Karl Brooks (IA, KS, MO, NE)

    Today, EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks announced the selection of Josh Svaty, who just served as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, to be his senior adviser. “I look forward to working closely with Josh on the range of urgent environmental issues we face,” said Karl Brooks, regional administrator. “His varied experiences representing a rural district in ...

  • 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 ...

  • Effluent application highlights the benefits of Nov Mono Pumps

    A single progressing cavity pump from NOV Mono has been used to replace a number of centrifugal pumps and improve pumping performance on an agricultural effluent duty in New Zealand. The MonoTM pump is now transferring animal effluent over considerable distances at Castle Glen Farms in Foxton, on New Zealand’s North ...

  • 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

  • EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

    If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing. A federal rule to be proposed Thursday would create temporary pesticide-free zones when certain plants are in bloom around bees that are trucked from farm to farm ...


    By Associated Press

  • Rome-based UN agencies join forces on food losses

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a joint project to tackle the global problem of food losses. Around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year, amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes - or enough food to feed 2 billion people. The three UN ...

  • Valtra celebrates production of 1000th T4 Series tractor

    Six months after the launch of the Valtra T4, the 1000th unit was produced at the Suolahti factory in Finland in May. The T144 Active was personally driven off the production line by Polish customer Adam Jarnutowski. The white metallic T Series tractor is the latest investment at Jarnutowski’s farm near Łomża in northeastern Poland where he runs a dairy business with 74 ha ...

  • Managed estates urged to grow revenues with anaerobic digestion

    Managed estates urged to grow revenues with anaerobic digestion Estate owners are being urged to target income from anaerobic digestion (AD) as tenancies are renegotiated and amalgamated. EnviTec Biogas UK believes changes to the number and structure of tenancies represent an opportunity for landowners and tenants to increase revenues and to counter rising input costs and volatile commodity ...


    By EnviTec Biogas AG

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