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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Cows’ diets get environmental boost

    It is a tiny molecule with a mouthful of a name, 3-nitrooxypropanol, but European scientists say it could make all the difference. It could convert a cow or a sheep from a monstrous methane-producing machine into something a little more environmentally friendly. In doing so, it could increase the energy ...


    By Climate News Network

  • 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 ...

  • Forget the carbon tax. Do we need a cow tax?

    Forget idling cars and fossil fuels.  Accordingly to Dina Cappiello in an associated press article on June 21, 2009, what comes out of the front end of America’s 170 million cattle, sheep, and pigs produces about a quarter of the methane released each year in the United States, making it the largest source of greenhouse gas in the country. But the very effective farm lobby in the U.S. has ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Accelerated Genetics Offers Afimilk Silent Herdsman Cow Monitoring System

    Accelerated Genetics, a leading A.I. company, announced it is partnering with Israeli-based Afimilk, Ltd. to provide the Afimilk  Silent Herdsman cow monitoring system to North ...


    By Afimilk Ltd

  • Crowcon’s LaserMethane Detector helps Tesco monitor methane emissions from cows

    Crowcon’s portable LaserMethane Detector is helping Tesco to monitor burps from cows on its dairy farms. Cow burps are a major source of methane emissions globally. The research, which is being conducted at the Tesco Dairy Centre of Excellence, in partnership with the University of Liverpool’s School of Veterinary Science, is part of an ongoing project by Tesco to measure the amount ...

  • Molasses Tanks and the Abolition of EU Milk Quotas

    If you’re a dairy farmer, then the abolition of EU milk quotas next year is big news and the momentous event will restructure the face of European dairy farming. The rising costs of protein are triggering a re-think in the way in which cows are rationed and many farmers are now looking into alternatives that will enable feed costs to be kept under control and yet still allowing them to ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Canada joins in on World School Milk Day

    September 28 marks World School Milk Day as designated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This global celebration is in its 17th year and will be celebrated across the world including in the US, Malaysia, and Canada. To celebrate World School Milk Day, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) would like to highlight the contribution that school milk programs have made to ...

  • New video: Farmers milking the advantages of Verderflex Peristaltic Pumps

    The hoofcount footbath counts the cows through the bath and refreshes the water and chemical after a preset number of cows. The optimum for most baths is between 150 - 200 cows. After this point the concentration of faeces and chemical within the water seriously deteriorates the effectiveness of the footbath. Each cycle of the hoofcount from emptying to refilling takes up to 3 minutes with a ...

  • Waste incinerator impacts monitored via milk and vegetable quality

    Emissions from well-regulated household waste incinerators do not reduce the quality of vegetables and milk produced nearby, a Dutch study suggests. Researchers found that levels of certain contaminants were similar whether vegetables and milk came from the area surrounding three incinerators, or from elsewhere in the Netherlands. They say biomonitoring programmes could offer a way to increase ...

  • Milk and dairy hold potential for improving nutrition of world’s poor

    Milk and dairy products hold huge potential to improve nutrition and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of poor people across the world, according to a new FAO publication launched today. The book, Milk and Dairy Products in Human Nutrition, says governments should be investing more in programmes that make milk and dairy ...

  • Farmers Turn to Bedding Recovery Unit From FAN Separator to Increase Cow Comfort, Production, Save Money

    MICHIGAN CITY, IN -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/10 -- To save money and ensure a fresh supply of bedding material, farmers are turning to Bedding Recovery Units (BRU), a technology from Bauer Group affiliate FAN Separator, which turns cow manure into clean, dry bedding. "Before we installed the BRU, we were buying a $2,200 load of kiln dried sawdust a week," says Mark Brisson, who tends to 850 ...


  • Homestead Dairy USA enhances management capabilities with Afimilk.

    Starting off as a small family-run business in 1945, Homestead Dairy USA has been passed down over the generations; and has since grown into a commercial dairy farm with about 50 employees and over 3000 cows at 3 different facilities. Today, Brian Houin — whose father and uncle bought the farm from his grandfather in 1979 — continues to fulfil the farm’s commitment to supply the ...


    By Afimilk Ltd

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Internet of Things – Improving Animal Welfare and Reducing Use of Water

    It’s been a buzz word for some time now; the internet of things (IoT), which sees the adoption of technologies including sensor-controlled rooms for growing lettuces, cows connected to the internet to improve milk, and even bees receiving a boost from automated heaters. A report by Beecham Research, as detailed in The Guardian, examines how the use of IoT has real potential to cut costs and ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Livestock Event to stage world first live robotic demonstration

    The world’s first combined live robotic milking and feeding system demonstration at an exhibition will be staged at the Livestock Event, to be held at The NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 July by its organisers the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers. The new feature will complement a display of robotic equipment from the world’s leading milking machine manufacturers. ...

  • Dairy Farmers of Canada unveils new organizational logo

    Today, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) proudly unveiled its new organizational logo, representing Dairy Farmers of Canada the organization, as part of a new overall brand conviction strongly reaffirming that dairy farmers believe in the power of dairy to give Canadians a healthier future. The new logo has been designed to be eye-catching, easier to understand, to create a stronger brand identity ...

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