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One bull gave rise to two million great-grandaughters

One bull, called Pawnee Farm Arlinda Chief, had more than two million great-granddaughters, making him the most successful bovine in history. However, it also appears he had a genetic defect and this has spread through Holstein populations.

Meet the new virus named influenza D

A virus, relatively newly detected, that affects cattle has been given a new name: influenza D. The reason for the new naming is because of the virus is distinct from other influenza types — A, B and C.

Dead cows left in western India as low-caste Dalits strike

Ahmedabad - Hundreds of dead cattle have been left rotting in western India after members of the lowest Dalit social caste refused to dispose of them in protest at a vicious attack, a rights group said Thursday.

Farmers and microbiologists team up to tackle E. coli

Michigan - The bacterium Escherichia coli provides a risk to consumers through food poisoning. One point of origin is the farm, through farming practices. Microbiologists and farmers have teamed up to reduce opportunities for transmission.

The smartness of crows revealed through brain study

Crows are one of the smartest birds known and they have an incredible memory. A new insight, based on brain activity in the birds, reveals why these birds have such effective memory recall.

Pregnant women advised to avoid birthing animals

Manchester - Pregnant women have been advised to keep clear of animals on farms that are giving birth. This is due to the risk of infection of the mother and hence her unborn child.

Anthrax case confirmed on British farm

A cow which died in the British country of Wiltshire has been confirmed as having been infected with anthrax bacteria. The risk to public health is described as low.

Controversial badger cull to be extended

Bristol - The hotly debated issue of culling badgers in the U.K. has arisen again with plans by the British government to extend areas where shooting badgers is permitted to Dorset.

Most milk in India fails quality standards

Mumbai - A report from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India indicates that over 68 percent of milk sold to consumers is substandard. In some cases milk has been adulterated with sugar, glucose powder and edible oil.

Genetically engineering TB-resistant cows

Shaan - Scientists have created a tuberculosis resistant cow. This was by adding a gene from a mouse to the cow. The aim was to ward off bovine tuberculosis

Researchers are now speaking with cows

Nottingham - Scientists have a new hobby: listening in on “conversations” between cows and their calves. This is an attempt to determine how cows communicate.

New clues about bluetongue virus

Scientists examining a Northern California dairy farm have found how the bluetongue virus survives the cold winter months. The virus hides out in the tiny biting midge that transmits the virus.

'Hero' the Calf's story of survival and inspiration

Greenville - "Hero" survived a case of frostbite that should have killed him. It took his legs but he received prostheses which help him move normally. Soon he will be the star of a children's book series.

Cows kill Austrian dog walker

Media from around the world are covering a story about a 45-year-old Austrian woman attacked by a herd of cows. She reportedly died after being stormed by the large group while walking her dog.

The cost of bovine viral diarrhea

Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) infections result in one of the most costly diseases among cattle with losses in U.S. herds estimated at $2 billion per year. Scientists are investigating how cows can be protected from the disease.

Why do cattle have two toes?

As a change to the conundrum "why do cows have four legs?" some biologists have put forward an answer to the question of why cows and pigs only have two toes (or rather paired hooves).

Photo Essay: Lots of fun at the farm Special

London Colney - Willows Farm is located in leafy Hertfordshire, a county in England. The farm is aimed at children and attracts hundreds of visitors each day. This Easter the Digital Journal paid a visit.

Reducing E. coli in cows is key to food safety

Miami - A new treatment, using microparticles made from chitosan, may help dairy cattle resist uterine diseases and could help improve food safety for people. New research suggests chitosan microparticles kill bacteria.

Ability to digest milk is linked to a history of cattle rearing

A new study into lactose tolerance investigated the genetic origins of this ability. The findings reveal that the ability to digest milk was a powerful selective force in a variety of populations which raised cattle and consumed the animals' fresh milk.

When R.E.M. plays, cows make more milk

When cows are stressed out, they produce less milk. The solution to this problem is to turn on R.E.M.'s song "Everybody Hurts," according to a study conducted by the University of Leicester.

More breast milk produced for daughters than for sons

Heifers produce more milk for daughters than sons. Interesting fact, but what about humans? Something similar might be going on.

Breeding low methane emitting cattle

A new study is examining the possibilities of adapting cattle husbandry and the selection processes for cow breeding, to lower the greenhouse gas emissions produced when cows beak wind.

Cow flatulence sparks explosion at German barn

Berlin - Flatulence from 90 cows in a German barn sparked a methane gas explosion that damaged the building and left one cow slightly injured with burns, police said Tuesday.

Tuberculosis hits new high in Zambia

In Zambia, the incidence of all forms of human tuberculosis (TB) is estimated to be 444 per 100,000. Many incidents occur in the Kafue area where TB occurs at a high level in cattle and antelope.

Romanian farmers sue when subsidies for 'virtual cows' cut off

It's not unusual to read about governments helping farmers with subsidies. In Romania, farmers are paid $150 per cow, and this can be a big help. There is just one little problem with the plan though. No one thought to mention the cows had to be real.

Cow's milk extract kills cancerous cells

A peptide fragment derived from cow's milk has exhibited potent anticancer capability against human stomach cancer cell cultures. The research was undertaken at the University of Taiwan.

Human MRSA originated from cattle

The MRSA strain of bacteria that causes skin and soft tissue infections in humans, and is linked to serious hospital acquired infections, originally came from cattle.

Synthetic foot-and-mouth vaccine developed

Researchers have developed a safer vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease by reproducing the protein shells found on the disease-causing virus.

Video: Truck with cows tips over in Russia

Someone filmed themselves driving down a road, and all of a sudden a truck that was transporting cows tips over, and all of the cows end up on the road.

Video: Food hero, the Nelson family — Organic dairy farmers

Altura - The video introduces us to the Nelson family, organic dairy farmers, and explains their transition from conventional to sustainable, and the impact it has had on their health and well-being.
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The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chained in tiny cubicles like the dairy cows and nursing pigs.
The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chai...
The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chained in tiny cubicles like the dairy cows and nursing pigs.
K. Graham s  virtual farm  on FarmVille.
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K. Graham's "virtual farm" on FarmVille. Photo taken 12/08/2013
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Hinduism is based on the concept of omnipresence of the Divine and the presence of a soul in all creatures, including bovines.
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A herd of cows in the road
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The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chai...
The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chained in tiny cubicles like the dairy cows and nursing pigs.
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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) Cow Wallpaper 1966 Silkscreen on wallpaper 46 x 28 in. (116.8 x 71.1 cm) each The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.
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The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chai...
The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chained in tiny cubicles like the dairy cows and nursing pigs.
While they are normally quite docile perceived threats to the herd can cause these animals to behave...
While they are normally quite docile perceived threats to the herd can cause these animals to behave aggressively.
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Herd of Cows on the road to Bor, Jonglei state guarded by men with guns
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The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chai...
The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chained in tiny cubicles like the dairy cows and nursing pigs.
The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chai...
The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chained in tiny cubicles like the dairy cows and nursing pigs.
Kinnard Farms is the fifth largest dairy farm in Wisconsin.
Kinnard Farms is the fifth largest dairy farm in Wisconsin.
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FarmVille is one of the 10 top online games on Facebook today  behind Candy Crush. This  virtual far...
FarmVille is one of the 10 top online games on Facebook today, behind Candy Crush. This "virtual farm belongs to the author, K. Graham.
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A dairy cow produces 53 pounds of milk every day  and 120 pounds of manure.
A dairy cow produces 53 pounds of milk every day, and 120 pounds of manure.
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The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chai...
The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chained in tiny cubicles like the dairy cows and nursing pigs.
Cows and pigs are considered sacred pets in some cultures.
Cows and pigs are considered sacred pets in some cultures.
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The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chai...
The Farm at the CNE is where the animals are. Some have space to move but others are locked and chained in tiny cubicles like the dairy cows and nursing pigs.