Main research questionBeef and dairy cattle farmers are acutely aware of the effects of heat stress on their animals during the past hot summers. They also have questions about what they can do to mitigate the consequences. This project aims to support Flemish cattle farmers in the choice of appropriate preventive measures.
Field beans in dairy cattle farming: toasting (for) success?
Field beans are an interesting alternative for imported soy in dairy production, but only if the beans are first heated. Those are the results from the ILVO-study within the EKOPTI project. Heating is required for good digestion and also helps in storage.
Beer draff, rapeseed meal and seaweed for methane reduction in dairy cattle
LA trail HappyCliMi is testing the use of rapeseed meal and draff in feed rations for dairy cattle in practice, as well as screening other locally-available feedstocks and byproducts for their potential for methane-reducing potential in dairy cattle.
Internet-of-Cows: sensors for detection of heat and calving in dairy cattle
Sensors that continuously measure dairycow behaviors such as lying down, walking, standing, eating and ruminating can predict timing of heat and calving within 2 and 24 hours in advance with high accuracy.
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