In pictures and video: the 100-cow suckler herd going under the hammer in Carnew – Irish Farmers Journal

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In pictures and video: the 100-cow suckler herd going under the hammer in Carnew
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In pictures and video: the 100-cow suckler herd going under the hammer in Carnew. Check out Colin Tyner's long-established herd of mainly Limousin and Parthenaise cross cows which is being dispersed in Carnew Mart on Wednesday 10 October at 2pm.

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How a Wisconsin Dairy Raised the Top Milk Producing Cow in the World – Dairy Herd Management

The current world-record holder for milk production calls Selz-Pralle Dairy near Humbird, Wisconsin home after producing 78,170 pounds of milk in 365 days.

Scott Pralle and Pam Selz-Pralle shared some insights on what it took to raise their record setting cow, Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918, during a Virtual Farm Tour hosted at World Dairy Expo.

“She was sneaky about it,” Pam says. Any day one of the 450 cows at Selz-Pralle Dairy could be milking 150 lb. per day. She says it isn’t unusual to be milking 200 lb. per day from a cow.

“One day Scott came to the house, he said, ‘You know Pam, we’ve got a cow that’s been milking over 200 pounds a day for almost six months,’” Pam recalls.

Scott calls Aftershock an “overachiever” and a “genetic freak.”

“She knows what she’s here to do, she just does it on a daily basis. And she’s just a blue collar cow that knows what she’s here to do,” Scott adds.

Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918 set the world milk production record in 2017 during her fifth lactation. She was milked three-times per day averaging 4.0% butterfat and 3.1% protein. Total butterfat production came to 3,094 lb. and protein reached 2,393 lb. during the lactation period. As a three year-old the cow made approximately 44,000 lb. of milk and nearly 59,000 lb. of milk as four-year-old.

Aftershock had her first health event in her lifetime 167 days into her fifth lactation with a slight mastitis flair up. 

“She’s either at the bunk or resting. She’s always chewing her cud,” Scott says. Aftershock chews her cud 10 hours per day, roughly 30 minute more than the herd average. 

In 1,862 days of milking Aftershock has averaged 154 lb. of milk per day. 

To produce a top cow like Aftershock, Pam and Scott say there really aren’t any secrets but they offer six simple tips:

  1. Be persnickety
  2. Listen to the cows and minimize their stress
  3. Prevent disease vs treating
  4. Be consistent, don’t take short cuts
  5. Make doing it right every day a habit
  6. Motivate your team to believe in your passion

Selz-Pralle Dairy isn’t home to simply one record setting cow, the farm is known for its genetics producing a Holstein herd with a 30,433-lb. rolling herd average. Cows also yield more than seven lb. combined fat and protein daily.

Longevity and production are a mainstay in the current herd with twenty-five cows that have produced more than 200,000 lb. of milk in their lifetimes.

A few other factors that have contributed to Selz-Pralle Dairy’s success include an activity monitoring and rumination system that has helped drop Ketosis by 65% and reduced antibiotic costs by 50%. Brown mid-rib corn silage has benefited the ration by offering a more palatable and nutritious feed to the cows. Updating the sand bedding to frac-sand not only improved cow comfort, but lowered somatic cell count roughly 100,000 cells/mL.

“I think most importantly, it’s our team at home, our farm staff,” Pam says. She and Scott thanked the team at Selz-Pralle Dairy for their hard work and for watching the farm while they spoke at World Dairy Expo.

Watch a brief Virtual Farm Tour video produced by Mycogen below:

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The entire Virtual Farm Tour for Selz-Pralle Dairy can be seen in the following video:

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Mooove over! Rescue cow takes ride in truck – Atlanta Journal Constitution

TIPP CITY, OHIO — 

You don’t see this every day: A cow riding in the backseat of a truck.

And that’s exactly what someone spotted on Interstate 75 in Tipp City the other day. Their Facebook post has gone viral with over 14,000 shares and comments.

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And, as it turns out, the cow itself is becoming an internet sensation. Her official name is Annie the Highway Cow and she has her own Facebook page.

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Just who IS Annie?

She’s an 18-month-old Holstein heifer rescued from a factory farm in Indiana at one day old along with her twin sister, Jo, according to owner Cory A. Morris.

“They were rejected by their mother at birth and required constant care for the first few weeks of life. From day one, she’s loved to go for rides in the truck and enjoy the wind in her hair,” he said.

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Udder Disaster: Cows Escape After Livestock Truck Crashes – U.S. News & World Report

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Udder Disaster: Cows Escape After Livestock Truck Crashes
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Agriculture column: When a cow is more than a cow – Victoria Advocate

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Agriculture column: When a cow is more than a cow
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Fetal blood serum is a very valuable byproduct in cow – and some fed beef – processing plants and is used to test vaccines and in the production of meat grown in a laboratory, also called “fake” meat. The pancreas provides insulin, pancreatin, glucagon

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When a cow is more than a cow – Victoria Advocate

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When a cow is more than a cow
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Fetal blood serum is a very valuable byproduct in cow – and some fed beef – processing plants and is used to test vaccines and in the production of meat grown in a laboratory, also called “fake” meat. The pancreas provides insulin, pancreatin, glucagon

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Caught on Video: Cow leads officers on chase near Stockton – KCRA Sacramento

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Caught on Video: Cow leads officers on chase near Stockton
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One of the cows led officers on a chase on side streets and through a vineyard, according to aerial views from LiveCopter 3. Before 6 p.m., the cows on the lam were captured and hauled away. Southbound Hwy. 99 was backed up for more than an hour.

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Cow rescue unsuccessful in Churchville – Staunton News Leader

CHURCHVILLE – Late Thursday afternoon, Augusta County authorities received a call that a cow had fallen into a sinkhole on Hundley Mill Road near Churchville.

It was a scenario that had “feel-good story” written all over it as nearly a dozen people, a veterinarian and a backhoe operator converged on the sinkhole that had swallowed the 2-year-old, 700-pound cow.

Family members at the scene were overheard saying the cow had been more like a pet and was bottle fed as a calf. 

The incident did not have a fairytale ending.

The sinkhole, located in the 200 block of Hundley Mill Road, measured about 3-feet wide, 6-feet long and was more than 15-feet deep with no slope for escape.

After some time it was determined the terrain, which was muddy, steep and in a thick patch of woods, was too dangerous to attempt to free the cow with a backhoe. A decision to euthanize the animal was finally reached.

Within minutes, after a couple members of the media and other onlookers were asked to leave, two gunshots pierced the damp afternoon air.

The property owners said they planned on covering the hole in an effort to prevent any future mishaps.

Augusta County Fire & Rescue were at the scene as well but eventually left prior to the cow being euthanized. 

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Taser needed after cow attacks woman, deputy – WPXI Pittsburgh



An Arizona sheriff conceded that there has been “a lot of weird cow activity” in his county lately.

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Udderly strange, indeed.

A large black cow attacked a woman and a sheriff’s deputy Friday in the Antelope Valley area, according to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman called for help, and when deputies arrived the cow had pinned the woman to the ground, the The Arizona Republic reported. When the woman tried to wiggle free, the cow pressed on her more aggressively, the newspaper reported.

Deputy Vincent Palozzolo tried to scare the cow away, by yelling and waving, and then tried to push the animal off the woman, the Arizona Daily Sun reported. The sound of the deputy’s taser did not work either, the newspaper reported.


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Finally, Palozzolo touched the cow with his stun gun and the animal left the woman alone, the Republic reported. But instead of running away, the cow attacked Palozzolo, according to the newspaper.

Palozzolo was knocked to the ground and the cow stepped on his leg and chest, the Republic reported. Palozzolo repeated used his stun gun on the cow’s head until the animal ran away.

Neither person was seriously hurt, although Palozzolo suffered an abrasion on his left arm and complained of soreness in his left arm and left leg, the newspaper reported.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find out who owns the cow.

"Recently there has been a lot of weird cow activity in Navajo County," Sheriff Kelly Clark said in a news release. 



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