Ontario dairy farmers must regularly remove animals from their herd by culling. Through a provincial survey of 248 dairy farmers, researchers at the University of Guelph found opportunities for improvement of management of cows leaving dairy farms.
Recent attention to the fitness of cull dairy cows entering the beef industry points to a need for attention to management on farms. Using a survey of cattle veterinarians in Ontario, researchers at the University of Guelph explored how bovine veterinarians may help to provide solutions.
Like people using fitness trackers, more and more dairy farmers are using automated activity monitors (AAMs) as an important part of herd reproductive management.
Researchers used weather and production data from across Canada to identify cows that maintained milk yield better under high temperature and humidity. This can allow for genetic selection for animals with greater heat tolerance.
Farmers have long used antibiotic treatment at dry-off to cure and prevent intra-mammary infection. But with health concerns growing over antimicrobial resistance, producers are looking for other management practices
Farmers looking to improve pain management and wound healing following dairy calf disbudding procedures should consider the level of milk feeding as well as pain medication, according to University of Guelph research.
A new University of Guelph study suggests that dairy farmers feed newborn calves milk from their dam for several days after colostrum feeding to help ensure health and prevent disease.
University of Guelph researchers expect that their new study will help improve calf welfare by determining effects of long-distance transportation.
With growing scrutiny of the use of antimicrobials in food animals, a University of Guelph study provides insights into how dairy farmers make decisions about antimicrobial use (AMU).
Clinical disease has negative effects on dairy cow health and performance—but a new study shows the offspring of cows who have experienced disease are actually less likely to become ill themselves.
Improved milk production and quality on Canadian dairy farms are expected to result from a benchmark study on herd management and housing conditions conducted by University of Guelph researchers.
A complete genetic and economic assessment of the current breeding structure in Canadian dairy cattle is in the process of being completed by a team of U of G researchers from the Department of Animal Biosciences. For more information, contact Prof. Christine Baes firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. Flavio Schenkel email@example.com.