Maximise health while limiting antibiotics

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Have you ever heard the words: “Immunity begins in the gut?”. With up to 70% of the immune response centered in the gut, it is no surprise that a lot of emphasis is placed on optimum gut health, maintaining tight junctions, and limiting the negative impact of intestinal inflammation. Inflammation of the gut not only…

The hidden milk thief – transition unit design

Reducing inflammation in the 30 days both pre- and post-calving can play a big role in improving lactation performance and lifetime productivity. In this series, we look at six major areas where a management focus will reduce the risk of excessive inflammation during the transition period. Last month we discussed the relationship between inflammation and…

The hidden milk thief – social disruption

Reducing inflammation in the 30 days both pre- and post-calving can play a big role in improving lactation performance and lifetime productivity. In this series, we look at six major areas where a management focus will reduce the risk of excessive inflammation during the transition period. Last month we examined the relationship between inflammation and…

The influence of nutrition on inflammation and mitigating its impact

Undernutrition, or lack of feed consumption, results in weight loss and decreased body condition, impacting reproductive performance. Declines in performance will be registered as delayed puberty, and an increase in the postpartum-to-conception interval in cattle and the wean-to-oestrus interval in swine. It may also reduce ovarian cyclicity, which impacts fertility (Figure 1). Low insulin signals…

The hidden milk thief – inadequate lying space and time

Reducing inflammation in the 30 days both pre- and post-calving can play a big role in improving lactation performance and lifetime productivity. In this series, we look at six major areas where a management focus will reduce the risk of excessive inflammation during the transition period. Last month we examined the relationship between inflammation and…

Trace minerals and inflammation in cats and dogs

Companion animals are not just our pets, they are members of our family. As such, it’s important that we ensure their happiness, health, comfort and well-being. Unfortunately, inflammation in cats and dogs is a common factor affecting their well-being and is often recognised as sickness, general unthriftiness, and/or unhappiness. An appropriate and robust inflammatory response…