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Storage of Hay for Export

hay storage Hay storage planning and design is a must for those operations that need to sell and export hay.
Highest quality hay is required for the export market. This applies both to processed and feed hay. A good weather-tight hay storage is required to maintain the desired quality. Both structural and functional design are essential to a quality hay storage. This is not to imply that a good quality storage will not benefit any hay producer or user.
This technical article provides information on storage design and layout.

Milk Goes Bad in High Heat!

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The midwest is experiencing high heat and humidity this summer. These high temperatures not only make you feel terrible but your livestock can feel bad too. It is important to keep an eye on the animals and take action before they start to get heat stress.

 

Heat stress can greatly impact cattle producers through decreased milk production and subsequent calf growth, decreased reproductive performance in cows and bulls, and decreased stocker and feeder performance.

This article provides straight forward information on identifying heat stress and tactics to keep animals cool.

Dr. Larry Hollis, cattle vet at K-State, also offers some approaches to reducing heat stress in cattle (audio link).

DairyCast Update for July 15, 2011, Monitoring Belching Cows?

Feed cost and production efficiency will determine those dairies which remain in business.  On display at the recent American Dairy Science Association meeting in New Orleans is the Greenfeed System by C-Lock, Inc.   While still in development, methane emission monitoring of individual cows will provide a real-time evaluation on feed use and efficiency and may shed insight on health issues as well.

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How Much Food Will Be Needed In 2050?

There have been many articles that compare the population of 2050 and the food requirements needed by that population. Examples include "Making Safe, Abundant Food Supply a Global Reality" and "Food Needs and Population" (additional resources). Dr. Terry Etherton highlights some of the approaches to population estimates and then seeks to translate into the quantity of food that would be needed to feed that 2050 population.
The question emerges, then, of whether there is more accurate approach for estimating projected food needs in 2050?

How Does Real Time Disease Surveillance Work?


The UC Davis' Disease BioPortal is a realtime disease surveillance suite that can help researchers understand and track the issues around human and animal disease outbreaks.
The dynamics that foster disease emergence and transmission world-wide continue to expand in complexity and scope, thus creating unprecedented new challenges to solving local, regional, and global problems of animal and human health and to mitigating their social, economic, and political consequences.
Dr. Barbara Brito, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, University of California, Davis, provides an update on this platform.