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CAB Reviews

A reviews journal covering agriculture, global health, nutrition, natural resources and veterinary science

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Genetic analyses of milk production traits have been based on a polygenic model that assumes that a trait is affected by an infinitesimal number of genes each with a very small effect. An updated review on the genetic parameters (heritabilities and genetic correlations) for milk components...

Author(s)
Lopez-Villalobos, N.
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2012, 7, 028, pp 1-18

The efficiency with which dairy cows convert feed to milk impacts farm profitability and environmental stewardship. Thus, feed efficiency is a particularly critical trait to the dairy industry as feed costs increase. Feed efficiency is a complex trait influenced by many components, including milk...

Author(s)
Spurlock, D. M.; VandeHaar, M.
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2013, 8, 039, pp 1-8

Enhancing longevity by reducing involuntary culling and consequently increasing productive life and lifetime production of dairy cows is not only a strategy to improve a farm's profit, but is also related to improved animal welfare. High rates of involuntary culling in dairy cows are currently...

Author(s)
Knegsel, A. T. M. van; Hammon, H. M.; Bernabucci, U.; Bertoni, G.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Goselink, R. M. A.; Gross, J. J.; Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C.; Parmentier, H. K.; Trevisi, E.; Tröscher, A.; Vuuren, A. M. van
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2014, 9, 002, pp 1-15

Increasing the efficiency of conversion of feed nitrogen (N) into milk and meat N in dairy cattle is an integral part of the effort to maintain or increase food production while decreasing agriculture's environmental impact. Mathematical models provide a means to assess and compare different...

Author(s)
Reed, K. F.; Casper, D. P.; France, J.; Kebreab, E.
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2015, 10, 001, pp 1-12

Animal welfare is a growing scientific field that is constantly changing and improving. The importance of this field is becoming more evident in all production agriculture settings, including cattle and dairy production units. In 2007, Fraser defined animal welfare as a 'mandatory science', one in...

Author(s)
Lee, T. L.; Thomson, D. U.
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2015, 10, 022, pp 1-17

In this review, we describe and illustrate the selection and use of some appropriate regression models for bivariate statistical relationships. The most commonly used method, ordinary least squares (OLS) or type I regression, may be inappropriate when the predictor variable is subject to...

Author(s)
Dhanoa, M. S.; Sanderson, R.; López, S.; France, J.
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2016, 11, 028, pp 1-15

Increased future demand of animal products as well as competition between food, feed and fuel, require efficient utilization of feed resources to strengthen environmental, economic and social sustainability of livestock systems. The objective of this review is to summarize current knowledge on...

Author(s)
Empel, M. J. van; Makkar, H. P. S.; Dijkstra, J.; Lund, P.
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2016, 11, 037, pp 1-27

Appropriate feeding during the pregnancy and post-pregnancy period determines both the milk production in the ensuing lactation as well as the reproductive efficiency of the animal. During this period, 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after parturition are very important because dramatic physiological...

Author(s)
Bakshi, M. P. S.; Wadhwa, M.; Makkar, H. P. S.
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2017, 12, 006, pp 1-8

Domestic animals under close confinement conditions frequently display abnormal behaviour, particularly if they are unable to escape from, or adapt to this situation. With the increased interest in domestic farm animal welfare from both the political and societal agendas, environmental enrichment...

Author(s)
Orihuela, A.; Mota-Rojas, D.; Velarde, A.; Strappini-Asteggiano, A.; Vega, L. T. de la; Borderas-Tordesillas, F.; Alonso-Spilsbury, M.
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2018, 13, 059, pp 1-25
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There is increasing awareness of obesity and diabetes mellitus in cats that parallels the 'epidemic' of obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans. Likewise, understanding of the pathophysiology and management of feline obesity and diabetes has developed alongside and draws from human medicine. As in...

Author(s)
Lewitt, M. S.
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2019, 14, 017, pp 1-10

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