Special editions published by Dairy Global

Heat stress occurs when an animal’s heat load is greater than its capacity to lose heat. It can cast a shadow over the performance and profitability of livestock production. In this special issue we share effective approaches to mitigate heat stress and feature nutritional interventions that prevent damage in extreme climates or hot spells in moderate climates.

    Gut Health

    A healthy gut means the animal can process the diet more efficiently has a better immune system and is less susceptible to pathogenic bacteria and viruses. This special examines further the feeding solutions and management practices regarding gut health and how they can positively influence animal health, performance and profitability of the farm.
     

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    Sustainability & Welfare

    Livestock industries are currently facing the challenge of meeting sustainability goals whilst raising animals according to higher societal demands regarding animal health, product quality and environmental pressure. Going hand-in-hand with sustainable livestock production is a focus on welfare and behavioural physiology of the animals.
     

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    Cow Health

    Cow health is a key factor in the profitability of a dairy herd. When a cow is struggling with health issues it can lead to a decreased milk yield and lower feed intake. Keeping diseases at bay should therefore be of the highest priority!
     

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    Pathogens and Prevention

    Diseases are always just a stone’s throw away from any livestock herd/flock and producing healthy and safe animal products is key for a successful business. In this special we focus on how to keep diseases at bay via biosecurity measures, management and nutritional interventions.
     

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    Antibiotic reduction

    Moving away from antibiotics can be challenging and requires a new way of thinking, adapting feeding practices and biosecurity plans, for example. This special edition explores the latest methods for raising healthy livestock without the use of preventive antibiotics.
     

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    Managing Mycotoxins

    Mitigating mycotoxins is a huge global challenge with no universal solution. Developments need to happen from all sides of the supply chain; a safe harvest, safe storage and animals prepared to safely deal with mycotoxin exposure. Here, the latest breakthroughs across these areas are explored.
     

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    Heat Stress

    Livestock animals possess several adaptive mechanisms to cope with heat stress challenges, but these compromise the animal’s productive responses. Nobody has a magic wand to be able to change the weather, but in this special edition, solutions are explained.
     

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    Gut Health

    Managing gut health is very complex with many parameters to consider. This special issue covering monogastrics and ruminants highlights specie-specific topics, including stress-related intestinal issues in weaning pigs, antibiotic alternatives to maintain poultry health and avoiding gut problems in dairy cows.
     

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    Sustainable Livestock Farming

    Achieving sustainability goals in livestock farming, needs to be a collaborative effort between policymakers, farmers and consumers. Measures taken now, act as an insurance policy for future generations, to ensure a safe and abundant food for the growing global population.
     

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