Supplements containing beneficial gut bacteria from healthy cows could be a boon for dairy producers.
Burim Ametaj (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science) and David Wishart (Science) have developed a pen-side mastitis test for dairy cattle. It would provide dairy producers with the capability to take a blood or urine sample from a cow to determine whether or not the cow is susceptible to mastitis
The Ontario Joint Dairy Breeds Committee has selected its 2020 Future Leaders Scholarship Winners, one of whom is Johannes Renecker (ALES), currently in his second year of a BSc in agriculture, majoring in animal dairy science.
Agriculture Canada said studies at the U of A’s Kinsella Ranch, led by John Basarab (AFNS), found low residual feed intake animals had a tendency for low carcass weights, and heifers with a low RFI reached puberty later than high RFI heifers.
A new urine test for dairy cows could help detect mastitis, saving farmers lots of money and avoiding the unnecessary use of antibiotics.
U of A researchers are developing a new, easy-to-use test for mastitis, a common and costly disease in dairy cattle. The researchers say it could help reduce antibiotic resistance in cattle and milk. (Photo: Getty Images)