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Factory Farming – what on earth does that mean?

Factory farming has been used as an emotive expression used to denigrate the livestock industry. If you assess what it infers, it’s industrial processes applied to animal production, which grates against our desire for foods to be natural and wholesome. So, the term is meant to shock us into rejecting animal production. The term originates

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Hoof trimming

There are two options for foot trimming training: Attend a formal training course. Nick is one of the instructors on the RAU level 4 course (click here for details) Staff training on own farm. This works well for making assessments of equipment and challenges specific to a farm Lameness and foot health courses can be

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Actiphage for Johne’s and bTB

Actiphage looks the test of choice for confirming Johne’s status of cows positive by milk Elisa, but it also has potential for bTB eradication. However, the laws on the use of novel bTB tests are strict. More information can be found here. More details about the lab providing the Actiphage test can be found here.

Polled genes at 5%

Polled sires come at a cost in terms of lag in production, but it’s not a major sacrifice and the performance improvement is at a similar rate to the best sires. If ever there was a case for restricted gene editing this is it. Take a look at this (non-peer reviewed) article.

Monitoring cow comfort

Thanks to Sam from Radio York for the chance to talk about “Fit Bit for cows”. The affordability of 3d accelerometers (pedometers) has been talked about for a number of years but it has needed some clever engineering to make the equipment tough enough for the cow, to gather sufficient data, transmit it effectively, hold

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