Livestock

Farm safety on farm visits

Warm weather means many farms across Maine will be hosting public access hours and events (check Real Maine or local farm websites for hours and details). MAFES’ Aroostook, Blueberry Hill, Highmoor, and Rogers farms will all be hosting field days and other opportunities for public access throughout the summer (see our events page for details). […]

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Mastitis resistance to enhance dairy food safety

Mastitis is one of the most important economic impacts on Maine dairy farms. When prototheca is present on a farm, it can spread easily from the environment into the udder. Prototheca elevates the somatic cell count, a critical measure of milk quality for the dairy. Of Maine farms from which prototheca was isolated, one has […]

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horse and student

Development of new technologies for animal disease surveillance and diagnosis

According to the Maine Farm Bureau, Maine is home to 35,000 horses, with an economic impact of approximately $364 million. Although isolated, Maine is nevertheless on the front lines of national biosecurity due to its extensive sea and land borders and at risk for new outbreaks of diseases in animal populations. The economic impact of […]

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Holsteins

Improvement of silage quality and aerobic stability

Various silage additives, which claim to improve forage quality, bunk life, and animal performance, are commercially available to Maine producers. These products often have little or no research data to support their claims and rely on user testimonials to document their efficacy. Our dairy farmers need more than testimonials on which to base their forage […]

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