Research Track

Probiotic bacteria lower incidence of uterine infections

Researchers at the University of Alberta have been investigating the preventative effect of intravaginal probiotic bacteria on postpartum uterine infections, uterine patterns and the overall reproductive performance of dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Short dry period: Some pros and cons

The University of Laval in Canada recently compared the effects of two different dry period lengths on health and reproduction. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use reduced with on-farm mastitis culturing programs

A new multi-state, multi-herd clinical trial confirms that on-farm mastitis culturing programs work to guide strategic treatment decisions for cows with clinical mastitis. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic resistance is the old kid on the block

Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada have found that antibiotic resistance has been around for tens of thousands of years. FULL STORY »

4X milking has lasting effects

Research published in the September 2011 Journal of Dairy Science shows that increasing milking frequency during early lactation has a lasting effect well into lactation. FULL STORY »

Use care when regrouping dry cows

Canadian researchers recently took at look at the effect of regrouping during the dry period on feeding, social, rumination and lying behavior for cows that were moved to a new pen and cows that remained in their home pen but had new cows introduced. FULL STORY »

Should you test heifers for Johne’s disease?

Does it make sense to test all of your heifers for Johne’s disease so that you can remove positive animals from your herd earlier? Researchers at the University of Idaho and Michigan State University conducted a case-control study to find out. The results were published in the June Journal of Dairy Science. FULL STORY »

A more accurate methane measure

Researchers from the University of Briston and the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in Ireland have found a link between methane production and levels of a compound called archaeol in the feces of several fore-gut fermenting animals, including cows, sheep and deer. FULL STORY »

Heat stress hard on repeat-breeders

It’s well-known that heat stress has a negative impact on cow fertility, but new research shows that it really hits repeat-breeders hard. FULL STORY »

Mastitis-causing organisms matter

Does it really make a difference which coagulase-negative staphylococcus (CNS) species infects cows in your herd? Research published in the May Journal of Dairy Science says it does. FULL STORY »

Rediscovering meadow fescue

A farmer’s report of an unusual forage grass led Michael Casler, to identify the grass as meadow fescue. Casler has developed a new variety of meadow fescue called Hidden Valley, and its seed is being grown for future release. FULL STORY »

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