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  • How to improve phosphorus efficiency in dairy cattle

    The outline of the new legislation on “phosphate rights” for the Dutch dairy sector has just been finalized recently: the phosphate production of the Dutch dairy sector should be decreased by 4-8%, both by decreasing the number of animals as well as increasing phosphorus efficiency on a farm level. In the past years, phosphorus metabolism in dairy cattle already received renewed ...

  • Study finds gene clues to African cattle disease

    Scientists studying the tsetse fly-borne disease "sleeping sickness" and a devastating version found in cattle say they have found two genes that may in future help rescue the livelihoods of millions of farmers in Africa. In a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal on Monday, the researchers said the genes should help cattle breeders identify animals that can ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The end of milk quota; chances and opportunities for dairy production

    The upcoming end of milk quota will bring a new dynamic in dairy industry. Some regions may increase dairy production, others may be restricted by factors such as environmental emissions or a cost structure incompatible with volatile milk prices. The International Dairy Nutrition Symposium in Wageningen, Thursday 16 October 2014, will give you a science-based gaze into the crystal ball of future ...

  • Reduced phosphate excretion by dairy cattle by cutting at a later stage

    The phosphorus content in grass is lower if the grass is cut at a later stage. This also means that the phosphate excretion of a dairy herd is reduced and farms that use BEX benefit from cutting later. But the energy and protein content of the grass is also less. In order to keep milk production at the same level, approx. 250 kg more concentrates are required per cow. Cutting at a later stage ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Environmental impacts of dairy farming in the Czech Republic

    New research suggests that dairy farming may have an important impact on the environment and human health. Although differences in the impact of farming practices across countries have been known for some time, this is the first study to explore the impact of the dairy industry in different regions in the Czech Republic. Dairy farming in the Czech Republic is commonly large-scale with 500 or more ...

  • Utilisation of nitrogen and phosphate on dairy farms could be increased

    Nitrogen and phosphate are important fertilisers. But excessive amounts often found in fields and pastures end up polluting the ground and surface water. Furthermore, dairy farmers are squandering their profits by wasting these expensive fertilisers. The Koeien & Kansen [Cattle and Opportunities] project set up by two PhD candidates from Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, shows how ...

  • Rising number of farm animals poses environmental and public health risks

    The global population of farm animals increased 23 percent between 1980 and 2010, from 3.5 billion to 4.3 billion, according to research by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online publication. These figures continue a trend of rising farm animal populations, with harmful effects on the environment, public health, and global development. Both production and consumption of animal ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • AgroFarm attracts record crowds as state steps up support for farming

    With more than 12,000 visitors, the AgroFarm exhibition in Moscow on February 3 – 5, 2015, reached its best attendance figures yet, with Russian farmers travelling from as many as 70 different regions to attend this leading agricultural event that has been held annually since 2007.   Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich attended a conference at the show and emphasized the importance ...

  • Ireland's Keenan Systems' Livestock Feed Technology Delivers Breakthrough Productivity Gains and Improves Farm Margins

    At an event today in Washington, D.C. for agriculture industry and policy makers, executives from Richard Keenan & Company, Ireland's largest provider of livestock feed technology, showcased results from the pilot phase of its Gain Plan™ initiative in the US. Gain Plan is an alliance program designed to speed adoption of a transformative new dairy and cattle-feeding model that optimizes ...


    By Marketwire

  • 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

  • The Livestock Event 2014: more livestock + new technical

    The Livestock Event, the UK’s leading livestock trade show is launching new features and in response to visitor demand is increasing the livestock presence at the 2014 event, to be held at The NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 July. In addition, it has launched a new state of the art website http://www.livestockevent.co.uk/  ...

  • 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

  • The Livestock Event 2014: More Livestock + New Technical

    The Livestock Event, the UK’s leading livestock trade show held at The NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 July and organised by RABDF Events, will be welcoming a record 400 livestock entries and over 450 trade exhibitors, providing the most comprehensive offering of any UK event, all under one roof in the most easily accessed location. Farmers can drive straight in off the motorway network to free ...

  • Growing German interest in Zambian agri sector

    “Made in Germany” will make a big impression at the annual Agritech Expo in Chisamba in April when 14 German providers of agri machinery and livestock equipment will be part of the German pavilion – this is almost double compared to last year. Martin Botzian, Head of Communication at DLG International GmbH says: “we are pleased to be part of the show for the third time. ...


    By Clarion Events Ltd

  • 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 ...

  • Organic dairy farmer albert straus speaks out against USDA’s decision on GM alfalfa

    As an organic farmer, I protest the USDA’s recent decision to approve the unregulated planting of genetically modified alfalfa. This is a ruling that seriously jeopardizes the integrity of the organic food chain, and could cause irreparable harm to organic farmers by ruining our ability to supply organic dairy foods to customers. I believe that allowing genetically modified alfalfa to be ...


    By 3BL Media

  • New strategy aims to reduce agricultural ammonia

    As concerns about air pollution from large dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) continue to mount, scientists are reporting a practice that could cut emissions of an exceptionally abundant agricultural gas—ammonia—by up to 30%. In the May-June 2011 issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, a team led by Mark Powell, a soil scientist with the USDA ...

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