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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,...


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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
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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