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2012-02-28 08:00:00

The Milking Machine Manufacturing industry has exhibited strong growth during the five years to 2012, as dairy farmers worldwide have sought to increase efficiencies through automation. The growing price of feed has raised farmers' operating costs and somewhat limited their ability to invest in these systems. Nonetheless, government subsidies have helped mitigate any losses incurred due to low prices received for raw milk, thereby helping farmers invest in milking machines. At the same time,...

2012-01-17 17:01:23

There is an increasing trend towards nimbyism — people welcome developments in principle, so long as they are “not in my back yard”.  But just how big is a back yard?  The answer depends on a number of factors and Günther Schauberger of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (Vetmeduni Vienna) has now developed a mathematical model to calculate appropriate distances from residential areas for livestock building to be sited.  The model is...

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Integrated farming
2013-09-20 13:33:38

Integrated farming is the practice of growing crops and raising livestock simultaneously. Integrated farming is diversification at its best. One intense example of integrated farming can be found in China where fish farming has been integrated with raising livestock, along with growing agricultural crops, such as vegetables. Other examples of integrated farming include using pigs to clear fields of rocks and roots prior to planting a crop. Poultry is used to clean up rotten fruit and...

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Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.