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Sourdough bread research aims to improve prospects for wheat sensitive individuals

Source: Alberta Wheat Commission, Victoria Decker The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotional Council (MWRPC) are pleased to announce their collaborative, cross-border funding of a research project aimed at determining whether the process used to produce sourdough bread could lead to a more easily digested food

Dehorning depression?

Source: University of British Columbia Anyone who has dehorned a calf will tell you this is painful. Pain control for this procedure is now required in the new Code of Practice for Dairy Cattle. Pain during hot-iron dehorning can be controlled easily and inexpensively using a local nerve block like lidocaine. Unfortunately, burn injuries can

Researchers want to develop better industry-wide calf raising programs on farms and reduce overall morbidity and mortality rates

Source: Ontario MInistry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs While colostrum is the first milk produced after calving, transition milk refers to the milk in the days after calving before it becomes whole milk. The production of colostrum by the cow ends at birth, but transition milk still contains elevated concentrations of immunoglobulins, hormones and

Evaluating strategies to improve the feeding management of dairy cows housed in automated milking systems

Source: Saskmilk PROGRESS REPORT ADF 20160165 ALMA 2017R002R Alberta Mik SaskMilk Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Prepared by: Dr. Greg Penner 1. Activities during the reporting period The project is progressing, generally, as planned. Firstly, 2 M.Sc. students have been recruited as a suitable PhD candidate was not identified. Activities during the reporting period include: 

Benchmarking Early Postpartum Disorders in Alberta Dairy Herds

Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, M.G. Colazo1 , M. Gobikrushanth 2 , A. Behrouzi 1 , I. López-Helguera 3 , and B. Hoff 4 1Livestock Research Section, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Canada; 2AFNS, University of Alberta, Canada; 3Department of Animal Science, University of Lleida, Spain; 4Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph, Canada. E-mail: BACKGROUND

Alternatives to Timothy in Fodder

Source: Novalait FACTSHEET Project entitled: Improving Fodder Grass in the Context of Climate Change Édith Charbonneau, Gaétan Tremblay, Gilles Bélanger, Philippe Séguin, Annie Classens, Doris Pellerin, Rachel Gervais, Julie Lajeunesse, Guy Allard, Robert Berthiaume Highlights Due to climate change, fodder production in the province of Quebec must be adapted. Timothy grass is a plant that grows

Accuracy of a cow-side test for the diagnosis of hyperketonemia and hypoglycemia in lactating dairy cows

Source: Elsevier, ScienceDirect Highlights This study determined the accuracy of a cow-side device to quantify blood BHBA and glucose compared to a laboratory method. The device was able to accurately measure blood BHBA concentrations and diagnose ketosis in lactating dairy cows. The device was unable to accurately measure blood glucose concentrations and diagnose hypoglycemia. Abstract

Feeding Management Strategies for Cows in Automated Milking Systems

Source: University of Saskatchewan, Silvia Menajovsky, Keshia Paddick, and Dr. Greg Penner* University of Saskatchewan Department of Animal and Poultry Science * There is considerable debate regarding optimal feeding strategies for dairy cows milked with automated milking systems (AMS). Generally, it is suggested that concentrate motivates cattle to enter the AMS. As such, it is often

Some cows are more bullish than others: UBC study

Source: University of British Columbia Some calves are inherently optimistic or pessimistic, just as humans are, a new University of British Columbia study has found. Recognizing these individual personality differences is important to ensure animals are treated well, says professor Marina von Keyserlingk, who led the research team from UBC’s animal welfare program in the faculty

How do dietary protein and energy interact to impact milk protein synthesis?

Source: Alberta Milk, UCVM, Lorraine Doepel Background: Milk protein synthesis is an energy intensive process, whereby both dietary energy and protein are highly inter-related in their effect on milk protein yield. The efficiency of dietary protein capture in milk protein is stimulated by increases in energy intake, and milk and lactose yields are affected by protein

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