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dairy olympicsMay 23, 2021- The spacious and vibrant port city of Novorossiysk, Russia hosted 300 visitors and participants from 40 national regions, all of them agriculture professionals, dairy experts and government agencies, for XII Dairy Olympics and VII Milk Summit. The annual event is a brainchild of The Dairy News, the largest independent mass media on dairy in Russia.

In 2001, World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. Each year since, the benefits of milk and dairy products have been actively promoted around the world, including how dairy supports the livelihoods of one billion people.

Grazing is an agricultural term to describe the natural behavior of cattle moving across pastures and rangelands as they consume different plants. Surprisingly, grazing cattle are selective about where and which plants they will eat, and land managers consider grazing distribution an essential factor in deciding how to manage their herds, including how to prevent overgrazing for conserving biodiversity of the land.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are developing an innovative approach to address a major environmental challenge facing the nation's animal farmers: the accumulation of nutrients in the manure.

Manure produced in livestock and poultry operations has been increasing since the 1950s when large-scale feeding operations, along with large-scale crop farms, began to replace many of the nation's small, family-run farms that traditionally produced both crops and livestock and used the manure as fertilizer to boost crop yields.

Calves are young and vulnerable animals. In a short period, calves have to develop from a monogastric into a ruminant animal. This transition requires them to grow in both size and mass, while dealing with transportation, man handling and changing environments. All these challenges together cause a lot of stress that may lead to a lower immune system.

Maximizing efficiency and minimizing environmental impact

In a drive towards sustainable solutions, PANCOSMA, ADM’s global feed additives business, have developed a range of XTRACT® bioactive products to address methane emissions of livestock ruminants. According to FAO 2013*, these emissions represent 5% of all greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.

LivestockPredicting grassland productivity is a major challenge for ranchers and other land managers with grazing livestock. This productivity is key each spring when they are trying to decide how many cattle to turn out to pasture, how long to graze an area, or where forage might be abundant.

Using high-tech tools, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their cooperators have taken a deep dive into the microbial "soup" of the cow's rumen, the first of four stomach chambers where tough plant fibers are turned into nutrients and energy.

Ultimately, such efforts could lead to new ways of ensuring the health and wellbeing of cows as well as improving their production of milk, meat and other products, noted Derek Bickhart, a research microbiologist with ARS' U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Join us for the International Dairy Conference and the Animal Production in the United Arab Emirates Conference at EuroTier Middle East 2019 from 2 – 4 September in Abu Dhabi

Due to the expanding population, development of retail opportunities and the popularity of new product lines such as flavoured milk and yogurt, the dairy sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is booming.



A blueprint published today prioritizes animal genomics research over the next 10 years to help producers meet the needs of a growing world population.

The Ministry of agriculture has prepared a draft document approving the list of controlled goods for which veterinary accompanying documents can be issued by certified veterinarians who are not authorized by organizations included in the system of the State veterinary service of the Russian Federation, reports The DairyNews.


An Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-led team has completed a comprehensive life-cycle analysis quantifying the resource use and various environmental emissions of beef cattle production in the United States. The aim is to establish baseline measures that the U.S. beef industry can use to explore ways of reducing its environmental footprint and improve sustainability.

Cattle in a field. Link to photo information By Sandra Avant

 

January 12, 2016

Despite a successful program to eliminate cattle fever ticks during the first half of the 20th century, these ticks still manage to cross the Mexican border into Texas. A new vaccine developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) could control these pests and help prevent a reinfestation of cattle fever ticks in the United States. These ticks can transmit pathogens that cause bovine babesiosis and anaplasmosis—diseases that can kill cattle.

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 Photo:  Cattle in a feedlot.

By Ann Perry
October 1, 2014

 

A recent study conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists indicated that just three compounds in beef manure were responsible for generating over two-thirds of detectable odors.

Photo: Two cows and calf in a field. Link to photo information

By Sandra Avant

April 21, 2014

One reason why some cows cannot get pregnant may be because they have male (Y) chromosome fragments in their DNA, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study.
Reproductive efficiency is the most economically important trait in cow-calf production. When a cow does not produce a calf, the producer does not make a profit, but still has to pay for feed, labor and other expenses.

 Photo: A lateral flow device containing a test strip that can identify botulinum toxin in less than 20 minutes.  Link to photo informationBy Marcia Wood

February 7, 2014

Botulism, the sometimes deadly illness commonly associated with botched home-canning or other stored-food mishaps, has a new face. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) molecular biologist Robert M. Hnasko, botulism today is both a food safety and a homeland security concern because bioterrorists could—using the natural toxins that cause botulism—make everyday foods and beverages deadly. The nerve-damaging toxins, called neurotoxins, are produced by a common soil-dwelling bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, and several of its close relatives. 

Hnasko works for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency.

 Photo: Air sampling equipment set up across from dairy cows lined up at a fence. Link to photo informationBy Ann Perry

December 12, 2013

Studies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicate the dust stirred up by wind and restless cattle at dairies does contain bacteria, fungi and small bacterial remnants such as endotoxins. But these potentially problematic particles are not found at high levels far beyond the barnyard.

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