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Breeding, Production Recording, Health And The Evaluation Of Farm Animals

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Breeding, Production Recording, Health And The Evaluation Of Farm Animals

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Breeding, Production Recording, Health And The Evaluation Of Farm Animals

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This publication focuses on the various aspects of domestic animal recording, aimed at improving the management of herds and increasing their productivity. New strategies for recording are illustrated and the most updated technologies are presented, on the basis of national experiences where such technologies are already adopted. Although cattle is the prominent species, two parts are dedicated to small ruminants recording and to buffalo recording. Future challenges and opportunities for further development of ICAR and the definition of the future scenarios in the animal recording sector are also described.

A special section is dedicated to 'Improving the health traits by recording and evaluation', where the past and future of animal recording and the use of animal recording data for genetic evaluation and breeding are defined. Another section deals with the 'ICAR Reference Laboratory Network', where the reference systems, the principles and the practices for calibration system for routine milk testing are presented.

The publication ends with the national statistics on the 'Yearly enquiry on the situation of milk recording in member countries' for the years 2003 and 2004. A total of 45 pages describes the methodologies used at national level for milk recording, the national data for milk production, the costs of recording and the productivity and numbers of recorded cattle at national level (divided by species and by herdbook).

Additional Information

Author Breeding, Production Recording, Health And The Evaluation Of Farm Animals
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 367 Pages
ISBN 9789086860302
Publication date 2007
Book Type Hardcover

Contents

Preface

Session 1: Opening
  • Innovative uses of milk in human nutrition and health
  • Milk production, animal recording, dairy advisory services and cattle breeding in Finland
Session 2.1. New strategies for milk recording and testing
  • Challenges in milk recording 2006
  • Milk recording as a decision support system for the commercial farmer – Ireland developments
  • The use of monthly herd-test-day solutions of test-day model in dairy herd management web-tool, “Maitoisa”
  • Renewed estimation method for 24-hour fat percentage in AM/PM milk recording scheme
  • Use of daily milk weight to predict lactation and 24-hour yields
  • Screening for subclinical ketosis in dairy cattle by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry
  • Calculation of the lactation performance from daily milk recording data
Session 2.2.1: Performance recording for small ruminants
  • Taking into account functional traits in dairy sheep breeding programs through the French example
  • AMNOS-mobile®: Exploiting handheld computers in efficient sheep recording
  • Effect of diet supplemented omega-3 fatty acid on goat milk composition and somatic cell count
Session 2.2.2: Performance recording of buffaloes
  • Genetic gain of milk production in Egyptian buffalo as affected by population size, nucleus size and selection intensity in open nucleus breeding scheme
Session 3.1: ID techniques
  • Rules and methodology used to certify cattle parentage in France
  • KvikKoen - From the barn to the cattle database
  • Farmers can maintain their Cattle Identification Register data using WebElmer
  • The ear tag retention in bovine cattle
  • The use of electronic ear tags for sheep in France
Session 3.2: Management of recording and evaluation organisations
  • Report of the introduction of the ICAR Benchmarking Service: a service available to all international dairy herd recording agencies
  • Affordable way of calibrating milkmeters
  • Milking machines control: the calibration of flussometer, pulsation curves recorder, and vacuometer instruments with traceability of measurement
  • Composite traits and International genetic evaluation
  • Innovation In New Zealand herd improvement practices: how Livestock Improvement is responding to a changing world
Session 3.3: Feeding strategies
  • NorForTM - the new Nordic feed evaluation system for cattle
  • Artturi® - A portal for farmers and experts to improve silage production and utilization
  • The effect of different levels of concentrates in dairy cattle rations in different stages of lactation on milk yield and physiological state of animals
Session 4: Presentations of the Reports of the ICAR Sub-Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces
  • Report of the ICAR Sub-Committee on Animal Identification
  • Report of ICAR Sub-Committee Interbull
  • Report of the ICAR Sub-Committee on Recording Devices
  • Report of the ICAR Working Group on Animal Data Recording
  • Report of the ICAR Working Group on Lactation Calculation Methods. A survey on milk recording strategies in dairy cattle
  • Report of the ICAR Working Group on Milk Testing Laboratories
  • Report of the ICAR Working Group on Type Conformation
  • Report of the ICAR Working Group on Recording, Evaluation and Genetic Improvement of Functional Traits
  • Report of the ICAR Working Group on Beef
  • Report of the ICAR Working Group on Artificial Insemination and Other Relevant Technologies
  • Report of the ICAR Working Group on Milk Recording of Sheep
  • Report of the ICAR Working Group on Milk Recording of Goats
  • Report of the ICAR Task Force on DNA Analysis
Session 5: New technologies
  • Perspectives for proactive Dairy Herd Management based on on-farm milk analysis and potential implications for future milk recording
  • DHI delivers leading edge technology
  • InCalf Fertility Focus Report – the new herd management tool for Australian dairy farmers and their advisers
  • Potential estimation of fatty acid content in cow milk by Mid-Infrared Spectrometry (MIR)
  • Internet application “VeeManager”: Spider in the web of milkrecording and herdbookregistration
  • Next-day results in bovine mastitis diagnostics using DNA technology and electronic reporting
Workshop 1: Improving the health traits by recording and evaluation
  • Health recording, past and the future
  • Use of health data in genetic evaluation and breeding
  • Establishing a health monitoring system for cattle in Austria
  • Use of the Transition Cow Index™ as a Monitor of Herd Health1
Workshop 2: Meeting of the ICAR Reference Laboratory Network
  • ICAR Analytical Quality Assurance strategy and prospectives for the network
  • Policies of ICAR on milk analysis
  • Reference system – Principle and practise
  • Reference and calibration system for routine milk testing. Advantage, disadvantage and choice criteria
  • Example of national reference system and centralized calibration. Unknown sample program in USA
  • What is the required accuracy of a test related to genetic improvement
Appendix 1: Yearly enquiry on the situation of milk recording in member countries. Results for the years 2003 and 2004
  • Table 1. National milk production
  • Table 2. Position of milk recording
  • Table 3.Costs and financing
  • Table 4.1. All breeds together - All recorded cows
  • Table 4.2. All breeds together - Cows in herdbook
  • Table 4.3. Main breeds - All recorded cows
  • Table 4.4. Main breeds - Cows in herdbook

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