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Spoiled silage? You need bias ply truck-tire sidewalls

Let’s face it; anything spoiled is unappetizing … and spoiled silage is no exception. But unappetizing is the least of it. Tainted silage reduces herd intake and production by disrupting normal rumen function. This can lead to reproduction problems or impaired cattle health. If the silage is moldy, respiratory problems may develop and if the mold produces mycotoxins, the health issues can be even more serious.…

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Turn stress to contentment with help from bias ply truck-tire sidewalls

Dairy farms with cow-comfort issues usually suffer from poorer reproduction, higher cull rates, lower production, more disease, and higher somatic cell counts or clinical mastitis. By contrast, stress-free cows eat, rest, and milk well, and are unlikely to get sick … which begs the questions: what causes stress in cows and what can dairy farmers do to alleviate it?…

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Got stinky cheese? Grab a glass of wine. Stinky silage? You need bias ply truck-tire sidewalls!

If you think B. linens are bed sheets with holes and stains, think again. They are actually microorganisms known as Brevibacterium linen, the most dominant bacteria formed when washing cheese rinds – i.e., moistening the surface by rubbing it down with a salt brine, liquor, or water, thereby creating an austere flavor and a stinky aroma.…

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Worried sick about pathogen transmission? Truck-tire sidewalls for bunker silos can help

According to information from Western Dairy News, the consequences of improperly fermented ensiled forage fed to dairy cows can be wide ranging and extend beyond reduced performance due to poor nutritional value of the feed. These feeds can play a role in infectious disease transmission to humans (e.g., listeriosis, botulism, and salmonellosis) and can act as primary sources of disease agents. Awareness and prevention are fundamental in minimizing the risk of exposure.…

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Don’t be in denial about West Nile

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a viral disease – transmitted through bites from infected mosquitoes – that can promote the development of potentially lethal conditions such as encephalitis or meningitis, infection of the brain or spinal cord or their protective coverings. Symptoms of mild infections include fever, headache, body aches, rashes and swollen lymph glands. …

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