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TB (Bovine Tuberculosis)
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Tuberculosis (TB) in cattle is caused by the bacterium mycobacterium bovis. Mycobacterium bovis is killed by sunlight, but is resistant to desiccation and can survive in a wide range of acids and alkalis. It is also able to remain viable...
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Bluetongue (BTV)
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Bluetongue (BTV)Bluetongue is an insect-borne, viral disease affecting sheep, cattle, deer, goats, and camelids (camels, llamas, alpacas, guanaco, and vicu). Although sheep are most severely affected, cattle are the main mammal reservoir of the virus and are critical in disease...
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Anthrax
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Anthrax, a highly infectious and fatal disease of mammals and humans, is caused by a relatively large spore-forming rectangular-shaped bacterium called bacillus anthracis. Anthrax occurs on all continents, causes acute mortality in ruminants, and is a zoonosis. The bacteria produce...
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Is it true that cows can only produce milk if they have been pregnant?
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Like humans, cows need to be pregnant and give birth for milk production and release. Milk production involves the complex interaction of several different hormones, which are set into play during pregnancy. Typically, during the second and third trimesters of...
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Do Cows Need to Be Milked? Check Out the Facts
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Cows don’t always have milk in their udders, and they don’t need to be milked by farmers. They produce milk for the same reason human women do: to feed their babies. Since cows only produce milk after they’ve been pregnant,...
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Feed A Cow, Milk A Cow, Sell The Milk, It all seems so easy.
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Feed a cow, milk a cow, sell the milk. It all seems so easy. Today the average person is 2 or 3 generations removed from the farm. The average person drives by a farm watch a commercial on television or...
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