Lysine linked to reproductive health in dairy cows

Photo: University of Illinois Dairy cattle are especially prone to reproductive health issues around calving, which affects fertility and conception rates in the next cycle, and a new University of Illinois study is showing that rumen-protected lysine may improve uterine health if fed during the transition period. “Right after calving, the uterus is undergoing a … Continue reading Lysine linked to reproductive health in dairy cows

Barnyard Roundup: Potential oilseeds; milk fat; fish feed

Holstein cows shown at the Penn State Dairy Barns. Milk fat is a main contributor to the value of milk, but it is also the most variable component because it is very responsive to diet and management,  Credit: Penn State. Creative Commons As the name suggests, oilseed crops are grown for their oil content — … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Potential oilseeds; milk fat; fish feed

Nutrient concept aims to improve prenatal growth

Week-old lambs show the difference when a mother received adequate nutrition or when the mother was nutritionally restricted during their pregnancy. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Carey Satterfield) The nutrition and health status of a pregnant animal has been shown to directly affect how well the offspring grows and develops after it is born. When … Continue reading Nutrient concept aims to improve prenatal growth

Bioactive compounds aid calf gut development

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Feeding calves transition milk instead of milk replacer in the first days of life may stimulate intestinal development and improve health scores, according to a study published by Michigan State University researchers in the Journal of Dairy Science. For the study, the researchers examined the effects of transition milk — … Continue reading Bioactive compounds aid calf gut development

Gut microbiome stabilizes a week after ration changes

Photo by MART PRODUCTION on Pexels.com When studying the dietary effects of a new ingredient or ration processing, an adaptation period is typically included before collecting datapoints so the true effects of the novel ingredient can be understood. The length of this adaptation period has been open to debate and will depend on species and … Continue reading Gut microbiome stabilizes a week after ration changes

Less methane? Spent brewer’s yeast may benefit livestock sustainability

Photo by Skylar Kang on Pexels.com The animal feeding industries are built on upcycling surplus, spent and discarded foods and ingredients. Over the past century as this practice developed, much of the rationale was because these ingredients were available, cheap and had nutrients. Now, though, research is showing that some of these leftovers may provide … Continue reading Less methane? Spent brewer’s yeast may benefit livestock sustainability

Cattle roundup: Fever ticks, forages and heat stress

Cattle fever tick populations with resistance to acaricides are a growing concern within the Texas cattle industry. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo) Cattle fever ticks represent a significant threat to the U.S. cattle industry as the ticks can carry parasites and bacteria that cause diseases such as bovine babesiosis and anaplasmosis. Now, two new projects led … Continue reading Cattle roundup: Fever ticks, forages and heat stress

Facility to bring innovation to feedlot research

The Feedlot Innovation Center will include a complex with cattle comfort and research buildings, a feed technology facility, innovative open lots and an animal handling facility. Rendering by Settje Agri-Services & Engineering. Innovation is the driving force in many research projects, but translating theoretical and bench-top innovation into real-world solutions requires specialized research centers, especially … Continue reading Facility to bring innovation to feedlot research

CBDA may help cattle relax

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com New research suggests that feeding cattle an industrial hemp product may help reduce stress and increase time spent lying down, which can improve rumination, according to Kansas State University, which led the research. "Cattle experience a variety of stress and inflammation," said Michael Kleinhenz, assistant professor of beef production medicine … Continue reading CBDA may help cattle relax