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.

Information To Help Your Operations

  • Audio: Does Methane Production Vary By Individual Cow? - A new process to monitor methane production on individual cows might provide supporting information to help manage methane and improve cow health.
  • Audio: Why Foreign Disease Threats Keep Industry On Edge - In this special episode with Tech Nation's Dr. Moira Gunn, Tom Thornton, president and CEO of the Kansas Bioscience Authority discusses the need to tighten our international biosecurity firewall.
  • Video: How Does Animal 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.
  • How Much Food Will Be Needed In 2050? - 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.
  • How Can Policy Makers Learn More About Animal Science? - The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS), and the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) launched a new print publication at the Joint Association Meeting (JAM) in New Orleans. Animal Frontiers aims to help bring animal science information to a broad audience with concise and focused series four times a year.
  • Latinos... "Acres of Diamonds" for Agriculture? - The old story “Acres of Diamonds” told by Russell Conwell in the early 20th century, may ring true today when one considers the growth of the Latino population and our present and future needs for talent in Agriculture.

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