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Grooming behavior reveals complex social networks among dairy cows

Grooming behavior reveals complex social networks among dairy cows

Science
Aug. 4 (UPI) -- By tracking the grooming behaviors of dairy cows, researchers have gained new insights into the formation and evolution of social networks among cows, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science . Social grooming among animals is called allogrooming. Among bovine, allogrooming typically involves one cow licking the head and neck of another. Advertisement Researchers estimate allogrooming works to strengthen bonds between individual animals, as well as enhance cohesion among the herd. The nuances of these processes, however, are not well documented in cows. For nearly a month, an international team of researchers from Chile and the United States recorded 1,329 allogrooming events involving 38 different cows at an agricultural resear...
‘It crushes me’: Dairy farmers struggle to survive Trump’s trade wars and declining milk demand

‘It crushes me’: Dairy farmers struggle to survive Trump’s trade wars and declining milk demand

Finance
Nathan Chittenden carries a newborn calf at Dutch Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing, New York. "The last five years have been extremely rough for us dairy farmers," he told CNBC.Emma Newburger / CNBCSCHODACK, N.Y. — Nathan Chittenden carefully slung a newborn calf over his shoulders and marched her over to his dairy barn to join a dozen other babies."Sometimes I feel like a school principal trying to remember everyone's names," Chittenden, 41, said of his dairy cows.Chittenden's herd is in good health, but the dairy farm his family runs here in Rensselaer County, about two hours north of New York City, is under immense pressure.Milk makers in the United States are disappearing as consolidation in the industry and changing consumer tastes have made it tougher for small farms to survive. In No
Increased prostate cancer risk linked to higher dairy consumption

Increased prostate cancer risk linked to higher dairy consumption

Health
Oct. 21 (UPI) -- High consumption of dairy appears linked to higher prostate cancer risk, a new study said. Mayo Clinic researchers report in a new study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, that prior research has shown prostate cancer risk is higher in Western countries which rely on dairy as the main source of calcium compared to Asian countries. Instead of dairy products, Asian countries rely on higher amounts of plant-based foods, which have previously been associated with decreased prostate cancer risk, researchers say. The new study is the latest to suggest dairy consumption has an affect on cancer risk, following a call from a doctors group earlier this month to add warnings to cheese because of research suggesting it can increase breast cance...
Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms

Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms

Science
A dairy firm is pledging to make its operations carbon-neutral from cow to supermarket by 2050, including more than 2,000 farms in the UK. This will require "radical changes" over the coming decades, including developing new technologies, the dairy co-operative, Arla Foods, said.It admitted the target was "ambitious", but said it was achievable.However, the Vegan Society said there was no way to make dairy a climate-friendly product.Gases which help to heat the atmosphere and contribute to climate change are a by-product of the dairy industry. They include direct emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from cows, and carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide from the likes of packaging, transportation and fertilisers. Arla, the lar...
Is Dairy Actually Healthy?

Is Dairy Actually Healthy?

Health
As much as we love cheese, and soft serve, and cream in our coffee, we know we shouldn’t overdo it: Dairy products, at least the full-fat variety, have long been associated with heart disease and other health problems. But research-based evidence for this link has been inconsistent, and yet another new study supports the idea that certain types of dairy may not be the enemy after all. The new research, presented this week at the European Society of Cardiology’s annual congress in Munich, found that people who regularly ate cheese and yogurt had a lower risk of dying during the study period than those who didn’t. But before you take that as an excuse to scarf down a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, it’s important to consider all the facts. Health too...