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Ruminant formula for The Future:Nutrition or pathology
by Sylvie Andrieu and Helen Warren


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In an ever changing market, ruminant milk and meat production must continually develop cost-effective ways to promote animal health, performance and product safety. Food safety and traceability, as well as animal welfare are beginning to play key roles in consumer decisions. However, these deliverables can often increase already excessive production costs meaning that producers must look to new technologies, such as nutritional solutions, in order to maximise production efficiency.

The link between animal nutrition and health is well founded and now needs to be exploited further in order to ensure a progressive industry. It is becoming clear that nutritional influences at pivotal stages in dairy and beef production can positively impact rumen and gut health and, subsequently, performance. There has been particular focus on transition period and antioxidant nutrition, acknowledging the changing needs of the modern, high-producing animal. The threat of mycotoxins highlights the issue of climate change and its impact on modern animal production. Solutions are required that minimise or eliminate that threat if the issue is to remain and effective knowledge transfer initiatives must be integrated into all advisory services.

'Ruminant formula for the future: nutrition or pathology -elevating performance and health' unites the relevant expertise of researchers from across the globe. Pertinent topics, such as calf management and cow lameness are discussed in conjunction with novel protocols aimed at the reduction of production pathologies and the promotion of rumen and gut health.

Ideal for nutritionists, veterinarians, consultants and animal producers, as well as animal and biological science researchers and students.



Improving cattle health: knowledge transfer and motivation 11
T.J.G.M. Lam, J. Jansen, J.C.L. Van Veersen and C.D.M. Steuten
1. Introduction 11
2. Farmers’ motivation and mindset 13
3. Different types of communication adapted to farmers’ needs 16
4. The source of information 19
5. Discussion 21
Acknowledgements 23
References 23

Managing calf health through nutrition 25 A.J. Heinrichs
1. Introduction 25
2. Colostrum 25
3. Colostrum management 27
4. Liquid and dry calf nutrition 28
5. Conclusion 29
References 29

The influence of periparturient nutrition on early lactation pathologies of the dairy cow 33
F.J. Mulligan, R. Alibrahim and L. O’Grady
1. Introduction 33
2. Over-conditioning and fatty liver 35
3. Negative energy balance 41
4. Milk fever and subclinical hypocalcaemia 44
5. Gastrointestinal tract disorders 49
6. Conclusions 53
References 54

Nutritional impact on lameness in dairy cows 61 J.R. Scaife and H. Galbraith
1. Introduction 61
2. Anatomy of the claw and biomechanical function 62
3. Cell and molecular biology of horn production 64
4. Dietary management and rumen acidosis 65
5. The impact of specific nutrients 67
6. Conclusions 75
References 76

Role of mycotoxins in cow health and immunity 83 R.R. Santos and J. Fink-Gremmels
1. Introduction 83
2. Mycotoxins in the diet of dairy cows 84
3. Mycotoxicosis in dairy cattle 86
4. Mycotoxins and the immune system 89
5. Targets of intervention 89
6. Conclusions 90
References 90
Keyword index 93


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ISBN13: 9789086861057
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
Language: English
Published: 2009

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