Dairy Cattle Technical Articles

Milk fever is one of the more expensive metabolic diseases faced by dairy producers. Costs can easily exceed $400/cow in terms of vet and drugs, discarded milk and lost milk production. Cows with milk fever...
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Early frosts raise the concern of nitrate accumulation in forages. High nitrate levels are particularly toxic to cattle, less so for horses. What are nitrates? Nitrates are one of the raw materials taken ...
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The release of a new variety, Falcon, is generating considerable interest in hulless barley this spring. Falcon, a variety developed in Alberta, is not recommended for growing in Manitoba because of its poo...
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Dry Cow Management Goals Every dairy producer's goal for the milking herd should be to maximize feed intake and milk production -- profitably. Proper dry cow management provides the foundation for a ...
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Milk urea nitrogen (MUN) analyses can be used as a signal, or "red flag", to point out potential problems in your feeding program. In particular, high MUN values reflect excessive dietary crude protein or l...
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The following article is a special collaboration from AFMA (Animal Feed Manufacturers Association) www.afma.co.za We thank their kind support. BENEFITS OF ANTIBIOTICS USED IN FOOD PRODU...
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The efficacy of a feed supplement for ruminants depends mainly on its effect on the ecology and nutrition of the micro- organisms inhabiting the rumen. Sulphur (S) has long been recognized as an essenti...
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ALLTECH 2002 CD: Milk quality issues: what does it take to get somatic cell count down to 100,000 and keep it there? Department of Animal Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA Introduc...
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Introduction This winter OMAF vets, Raw Milk Quality staff and Livestock Advisors conducted 20 workshops about mastitis for producers. Collecting milk samples to identify mastitis-causing bacteri...
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Under ideal conditions, dairy cows produce milk during 305 days of the year and are dry the remaining 60 (table 1). In reality, feeding for high production should begin during the dry period or towards the end ...
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