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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 ...

  • Great day at MDK with a seminar for the local dairy farmers

    In connection with the upcoming product launch of the new and bigger Breeze Fan, we invited the local farmers to have a sneak peek and to hear more about heat stress and its effect on the cows. Industry manager for Dairy Gil Inbar shared his knowledge about heat stress and presented the results from a recent study that has been ...


    By Munters

  • Scrapie could breach the species barrier

    INRA scientists have shown for the first time that the pathogens responsible for scrapie in small ruminants (prions) have the potential to convert the human prion protein from a healthy state to a pathological state. In mice models reproducing the human species barrier, this prion induces a disease similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. These primary results published in Nature Communications on ...

  • Jimmy Stewart, cults, and a lot of broken glass: remembering straus family creamery’s opening day - by Michael Straus

    Straus Family Creamery recently turned 17, and I started thinking back to those crazy times. In 1989, my older brother Albert, who’d been managing the farm and doing some pretty innovative things — including feeding our cows leftovers from a local sake factory … but that’s another story — decided to convert the farm to organic. He wanted to bottle his own milk, make ...


    By 3BL Media

  • FACT: Recycled Rubber Surfacing Lowers Risk of Serious Injuries for Horses and Other Livestock

    The equine performance industry reports noticeable improvement in movement, flexibility and hoof quality, and a reduction in fluid retention, when horses walk, trot and gallop on recycled rubber equine pavers.  From the paddock area, to the wash stalls, to the barn corridors and beyond, environmentally-friendly rubber pavers and mats play a vital part in protecting horses and livestock ...


    By Liberty Tire Recycling

  • Improve your silage making processes

    Taking control of the preservation process Conducted among more than 100 UK dairy farmers, a massive 78% thought they could make better grass silage, says Jackie Bradley, product manager for Ecosyl, who organised the survey.     But most producers simply didn’t feel in control of the preservation process, she says, with fermentation, in particular, emerging ...


    By Ecosyl Products Limited

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Deadly heat waves are becoming more frequent in California

    From mid July to early August 2006, a heat wave swept through the southwestern United States. Temperature records were broken at many locations and unusually high humidity levels for this typically arid region led to the deaths of more than 600 people, 25,000 cattle and 70,000 poultry in California alone. An analysis of this extreme episode carried out by researchers at Scripps Institution of ...

  • 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

  • Ecosystem-based farming comes of age

    A new FAO book out today takes a close look at how the world's major cereals maize, rice and wheat - which together account for an estimated 42.5 percent of human calories and 37 percent of our protein - can be grown in ways that respect and even leverage natural ecosystems. Drawing on case studies from around the planet, the ...

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