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2011-09-28 19:31:18

Heifers being prepared for breeding don't have to eat like pigs, stuffing themselves at all-you-can-eat feed bunks with unlimited refills, according to scientists at a Montana State University experiment station. Researchers at the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory at Miles City, Mont., conducted a two-year study that showed that heifers can safely eat 20 percent less during the seven months between weaning and breeding. They won't suffer from reduced rations, and...

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2011-09-28 04:40:30

Anyone who has hiked down a mountain knows the soreness that comes a day or two after means the leg muscles have endured a serious workout. While the pain is real, it's not well understood how leg muscles cope with the force from such movement. Now researchers at Brown University have documented how muscles and tendons work in concert first to store and then to rid themselves of energy and heat. They found that tendons take on the role of shock absorbers at the time of impact. About a...

2011-08-20 10:00:00

Texas cattle ranchers Rick Reeves and Bobby Campbell are using SweetPro supplemental lick blocks made from distillers' grains to maintain herd health during one of the worst summer droughts in history. While other ranchers have been forced to sell off cattle due to poor forage conditions, cattle operations using the supplements are holding on. Hallsville, TX (PRWEB) August 20, 2011 The headlines all across cattle states have been telling the story of Summer 2011: "Texas farmers and ranchers...

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2011-07-29 08:30:00

Electronic ear tags are being used to provide an early warning system that will help farmers identify sick animals within a herd. The new system, being trialed by scientists at Newcastle University, tracks the feeding behavior of each individual animal, alerting farmers to any change that might indicate the cow is unwell. Using RFID (radio frequency identification) technology - similar to that used in the Transport for London Oyster card - each calf is 'clocked' in and out every time they...

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2011-06-14 11:05:00

As a gradually warmer climate emerges, researchers are observing flowers blooming sooner and birds breeding earlier in the year, but is it may also be affecting the breeding habits of larger mammals. A new study of the United Kingdom's Chillingham cattle, published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology, reveals climate change is upsetting the breeding habits of those cattle, specifically resulting in fewer calves surviving, The Telegraph is reporting. Examining 60...

2011-02-07 13:51:42

Women with PAD lose ability to walk short distances and climb stairs sooner than men Small calf muscles may be a feminine trait, but for women with peripheral artery disease (PAD) they're a major disadvantage. Researchers at Northwestern Medicine point to the smaller calf muscles of women as a gender difference that may cause women with PAD to experience problems walking and climbing stairs sooner and faster than men with the disease. The study was published in the February 2011 issue of the...

2011-01-31 09:08:00

ASSAM, India, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, five hand-raised, endangered elephant calves were moved from the IFAW Wildlife Rescue Center in Kaziranga to Manas National Park in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Implemented by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) and its partner organization the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the release is part of an ongoing effort to integrate orphaned elephants into wild herds in Manas. This critical work...

2010-12-11 00:00:57

SIGVARIS is a proud manufacturer of the "famous socks" that have kept Soccer Star Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima in the game by improving circulation and alleviating pain! Peachtree City, GA (PRWEB) December 9, 2010 SIGVARIS, the global leader of graduated compression garments and committed DVT prevention advocate, is proud to announce that superstar soccer player Ronaldo from Brazil has discovered the benefits of wearing SIGVARIS graduated compression socks during and after...

2010-10-19 12:57:03

The next time you feel your willpower slipping as you pass that mouth-watering dessert case, tighten your muscles. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research says firming muscles can shore up self-control. Authors Iris W. Hung (National University of Singapore) and Aparna A. Labroo (University of Chicago) put study participants through a range of self-control dilemmas that involved accepting immediate pain for long-term gain. In one study, participants submerged their hands in an ice...

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2010-10-19 09:35:00

As consumer demand for naturally raised beef continues to increase, researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered that naturally raised beef can be produced effectively for this niche market as long as a substantial premium is offered to cover additional production and transportation costs. Naturally raised beef is produced without hormones or antibiotics, whereas traditional systems take advantage of technologies the industry offers such as ionophores like...


Latest Calf Reference Libraries

British White Cattle
2014-07-12 11:57:42

The British White is a breed of cattle with a confirmed history during the 1600s but may have originated before that. Its exact origin is unknown but herds of the British White were found in Britain and Ireland dating back centuries. Original herds were kept in the Park of Whalley Abbey in the Forest of Bowland near Clitheroe. During the 1800s most of the cattle were transported to Norfolk and sold in small lots, mainly to nobility. In the early 1900s, only around 130 registered British...

British Friesian Cattle
2014-07-12 11:44:10

The British Friesian is a breed of cattle from the United Kingdom. The modern British Friesian dominated the dairy cattle population from the 1950s through the 1980s. Stock as well as semen were exported during this time throughout the world. The original Friesian breed was imported to ports of England and Scotland during the 1800s until it was stopped in 1892 when a threat of foot and mouth disease became a concern. By the end of 1912 there were 1,000 bulls and 6,000 cows registered in...

Belgian Blue Cattle
2014-07-09 14:37:46

The Belgian Blue is a breed of beef cattle originating in Belgium. It was developed in the 1800s by crossbreeding local cattle with a Shorthorn breed from the United Kingdom. It is quite possible that the Charolais cattle was also used in the development of the Belgian Blue. A modern breed of the Belgian blue was developed in the 1950s by Professor Hanset while working at an artificial insemination facility in the Liege province. The breed was introduced to the United States in 1978 by...

Australian Charbray Cattle
2014-07-09 12:40:07

The Australian Charbray is a breed of beef cattle that originated in Australia. It was developed by crossing the Charolais and Brahman breeds. Most Australian Charbray are about 75 percent Charolais and 25 percent Brahman. It is a large breed, very muscular with loose skin, possibly by being introduced to Bos indicus blood. It has a cream to light red color as an adult. The calf is usually born a light tan but will change to a creamy white in a few weeks. The Charbray is a hardy breed,...

Arouquesa Cattle
2014-07-04 10:20:33

The Arouquesa is a breed of cattle from Portugal and is in protected geographical status. Its range of habitat is restricted to the Northern Portuguese districts of Viseu, Aveiro, Porto and Braga. It is a small breed with the cow only reaching a height of about 48 inches and weighing between 790 and 950 pounds. The bull is slightly bigger at about 52 inches high and will weigh about the same as the cow. The color is a light brown, but the bull will be a little darker than the cow. There...

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