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See detailDevelopment of indicators to quantify nitrogen rejections of grazing dairy cows according to fertilisation types
Meura, Stéphane; Lambert, Richard; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg et al

in Permanent and temporary grassland plant, environment and economy; A. De Vliegher and L. Carlier (Eds); Proceedings of 14th symposium of the European Grassland Federation (2007)

Nitrogen (N) rejections are a problem of importance in cattle production. In pasture, the amounts of N rejected by the cattle are large since grass N content exceeds the ‘animals’ requirements. The ... [more ▼]

Nitrogen (N) rejections are a problem of importance in cattle production. In pasture, the amounts of N rejected by the cattle are large since grass N content exceeds the ‘animals’ requirements. The present study aims to quantify, with dairy cows in a rotational system, N rejections from urine. The trial paddocks were fertilized with compost, slurry or mineral N and grazed during 7 days by 35 dairy cows in late lactation. Milk urea concentration was determined in tank milk samples every day. Urine samples were taken from each cow at the 3rd and the 5th day after the entry in the grazing plot. Urine N and creatinin were determined to quantify urine N excretion. These observed values were compared to urine N excretion data obtained from dry matter intake and grass N content. The mean observed urine N excretion of 312 g N day-1 was similar to the mean calculated urine N excretion of 330 g N day-1. The correlation between calculated urinary N excretion and observed urinary N excretion was significant (P<0.001; r2= 22.4%) and the correlation between observed urinary N excretion and milk urea content tended to be significant (P<0.10; r2 =60%). From these data, it appears that urine N excretion prediction can be more precise with tank milk urea than with urine N excretion calculated from N intake. This research has to be continued and to be repeated during other grazing periods and with cows at different lactation periods to validate the results. [less ▲]

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See detailNitrogen balance and nitrate residues in pastures grazed by dairy cows and fertilised with mineral fertiliser, pig slurry or cattle compost
Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Meura, Stéphane; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Permanent and temporary grassland plant, environment and economy; A. De Vliegher and L. Carlier (Eds); Proceedings of 14th symposium of the European Grassland Federation (2007)

A code of good practices was established by each European member state according to the nitrate directive. In Belgium, the nitrogen (N) inputs from slurry or compost are limited to 230 kg N/ha in pastures ... [more ▼]

A code of good practices was established by each European member state according to the nitrate directive. In Belgium, the nitrogen (N) inputs from slurry or compost are limited to 230 kg N/ha in pastures. Larger amounts can be applied when a program of additional measurements, including soil nitrates analysis, is followed by the farmer. This trial aims to measure nitrogen balance and soil nitrates in pastures fertilised with mineral nitrogen fertiliser (min N), pig slurry (S) or cattle compost (C). The pastures were grazed by dairy cows and the fertilisation allowed similar efficient N levels. N inputs by fertilisation were different at 169, 170 and 102 kg N/ha in C, S and min N plots respectively. The use of pig slurry and cattle compost as compared with mineral N fertiliser increased N balance and reduced apparent N efficiency. The nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus nutrition indexes, the number of grazing days and the milk yields per ha were not different. The soil nitrate contents were not increased by use of slurry or compost. The overall low nitrate contents suggested a low nitrate leaching with the three types of fertilisation. [less ▲]

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See detailMilk urea content as influenced by geographical area and season in Wallonia
Meura, Stéphane; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Permanent and temporary grassland plant, environment and economy; A. De Vliegher and L. Carlier (Eds); Proceedings of 14th symposium of the European Grassland Federation (2007)

Milk urea concentration is routinely determined in commercial dairy farms along with the official milk analyses carried out on milk samples for the dairies by the “Comité du lait”. The milk urea content ... [more ▼]

Milk urea concentration is routinely determined in commercial dairy farms along with the official milk analyses carried out on milk samples for the dairies by the “Comité du lait”. The milk urea content do not modify milk price but can be useful for the farmers for diet calculation, milk urea content being related to the energy-protein ratio in the diet. The aim of this paper was to study the evolution of the milk urea content according to the months and the areas. Milk urea concentration changed according to the months owing to the diet: the summer diets, mainly composed by grass in many farms, were characterized by higher nitrogen content which as result an increase in milk urea concentration. The geographic areas can also influence milk urea concentration due to dietary difference. For example, in the Hesbaye area, beet and cereals are produced while in the Ardennes, grasslands are dominant. The urea content in milk can be an useful measurement for the diet calculations in order to decrease nitrogen waste and to reduce the feed costs. [less ▲]

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See detailGuinea fowl rearing constraints and flock composition under traditional management in Borgou Department, Benin
Dahouda, Mahamadou; Toléba, Seibou Soumanou; Youssao, A. K. I. et al

in Family Poultry (2007), 17(1&2), 3-14

A survey was conducted in Borgou department (northern Benin) to characterize Guinea fowl production systems in rural areas. A questionnaire was administered to 70 Guinea fowl keepers in order to collect ... [more ▼]

A survey was conducted in Borgou department (northern Benin) to characterize Guinea fowl production systems in rural areas. A questionnaire was administered to 70 Guinea fowl keepers in order to collect information about Guinea fowl management and husbandry practices in the region. This activity was practised according to traditional management in Benin where free range is the most common system of rearing. Birds scavenged during the day while at night, keets and surrogate hens were housed in poor, cramped coops whereas adult Guinea fowls roosted on trees. No rational feeding system was practised. Guinea fowls gleaned grass seeds, vegetable leaves, insects, worms, bones and eggshells. Poultry received a supplement consisting of cereals and their by-products, e.g. sorghum (30.4%), maize (25.0%), rice (14.3%), maize bran (7.1%), kitchen waste (5.4%), sorghum bran (3.6%), millet (1.8%) and complete food (1.8%). Adult body weight was 1121.3±100.2g at 6 months and maximum growth rate of 10.2g/day was reached at four months. Point-of-lay was between 7 and 9 months. Local hens were used to incubate Guinea fowl eggs, and hatchability was 72.9%. The survey revealed that Guinea fowl productivity is low because of high keet mortality. Average keet mortality registered from 0 to 6 months was 48% (range 3 to 100%). Moreover, 74% of interviewed farmers reported that keet mortality constituted the major constraint to Guinea fowl rearing. Others reported constraints, included keet weakness, poor quality of eggs, egg losses hidden under brush, keets predation, poor housing and infestations. The size of the keet populations varied over the year with the highest proportion in June-July while the proportion of growers increased from September to January. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferent treatments of linseed of culled cows and young bulls
Robaye, Vincent ULg; Dotreppe, Olivier ULg; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg et al

in 58th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (2007)

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See detailInclusion of cereals, hay and straw naturally enriched in selenium by use of fertilizers in horses diets: overtime effects on antioxidant markers
Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Paeffgen, S.; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg et al

in 11th Congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (2007)

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See detailInfluence de la race et du type de finition sur la composition en acides gras du muscle rectus abdominis chez la génisse
Oury, M. P.; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg et al

in 14èmes Rencontres autour des Recherches sur les Ruminants (2007)

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See detailGrass nitrogen nutrition index and nitrate residues in pastures grazed by dairy cows and fertilised with mineral fertiliser, pig slurry or cattle compost.
Meura, S.; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Book of Abstracts of the 58th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (2007)

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See detailMilk urea or urine nitrogen: indicators to quantify nitrogen rejections of grazing dairy cows according to fertilisation types
Meura, S.; Lambert, R.; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg et al

in Book of Abstracts of the 58th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (2007)

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See detailMilk urea content as influenced by geographical area and season in Wallonia
Meura, S.; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Permanent and temporary grassland plant, environment and economy, A De Vliegher an L. Carlier editors, Book of abstracts of 14th Symposium of European Grassland Federation (2007)

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See detailNitrogen balance and nitrate residues in pastures grazed by dairy cows and and fertilised with mineral fertiliser, pig slurry or cattle compost
Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Meura, S.; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Permanent and temporary grassland plant, environment and economy, A De Vliegher an L. Carlier editors, Book of abstracts of 14th Symposium of European Grassland Federation (2007)

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See detailInfluence of the geographical area and the season on the milk urea content in Wallonia
Meura, S.; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Book of Abstracts of the 58th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (2007)

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See detailEvaluation des rejets azotés azotés de la vache laitière au pâturage
Meura, S.; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg et al

in 14ièmes Rencontres autour des Recherches sur les Ruminants (2007)

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See detailEffect of iodised fertilisation on iodine content in grass and on thyroid hormones concentrations in dairy heifers.
Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Dotreppe, Olivier ULg; Meura, S. et al

in Permanent and temporary grassland plant, environment and economy, A De Vliegher an L. Carlier editors, Book of abstracts of 14th Symposium of European Grassland Federation (2007)

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See detailInfluence of progesterone concentrations on secretory functions of trophoblast and pituitary during the first trimester of pregnancy in dairy cattle
Ayad, A.; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Sulon, Joseph ULg et al

in Theriogenology (2007), 67(9), 1503-1511

The essential role played by progesterone in the maintenance of pregnancy is unequivocal; however, the effects of progesterone on the secretory patterns of placental and pituitary molecules during the ... [more ▼]

The essential role played by progesterone in the maintenance of pregnancy is unequivocal; however, the effects of progesterone on the secretory patterns of placental and pituitary molecules during the gestation period are not well defined. The objective of this study was to describe pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) concentrations (measured by RIA-497 and RIA-Pool) in pregnant females with progesterone concentrations lower (low-P4 group, n = 20) or higher (high-P4 group, n = 17) than the mean of 8.74 ng/mL on Day 21 (AI = Day 0). Luteinizing hormone (LH) and prolactin concentrations were also measured in both groups. Throughout the study period, blood samples were collected on Days 0, 21, 45, 60, and 80 from 37 females that were confirmed to be pregnant. PAG concentrations measured by both RIA-497 and RIA-Pool tended to be higher in high-P4 group than in low-P4 group from Day 30 until Day 80. On Day 80, plasma PAG concentrations that were measured using RIA-497 were observed to be higher (P < 0.05) in the high-P4 group than in the low-P4 group (10.2 +/- 8.7 ng/mL versus 6.9 +/- 13.8 ng/mL). Concentrations of LH on Day 60 and prolactin on Day 80 were observed to be significantly lower (P < 0.05) in the high-P4 group. There was a tendency for the concentrations of LH (Days 45 and 80) and prolactin (Days 30, 45, and 60) to be lower in cows in the high-P4 group than in the low-P4 group. Our results suggest the existence of a relationship among the concentration levels of progesterone, PAG, LH, and prolactin during early pregnancy. (C) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailNutrition index and soil nitrate residues in grazed pastures fertilised with mineral fertiliser, pig slurry or cattle compost
Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Meura, S.; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science (2007)

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See detailCorrelation between a proteolytic method and a radioimmunoassay for porcine serum pepsinogen concentrations
Sidikou, D. I.; Banga-Mboko, H.; Tamboura, H. H. et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (2006), 80(3), 260-266

The measurement of serum pepsinogen concentrations by enzymatic method and immunoassay provides diagnostic values and should be helpful in the detection of gastric diseases related to a rise of blood ... [more ▼]

The measurement of serum pepsinogen concentrations by enzymatic method and immunoassay provides diagnostic values and should be helpful in the detection of gastric diseases related to a rise of blood pepsinogen. In the present study, the correlation between a conventional enzymatic method and a recently developed radioimmunoassay (RIA) for serum pepsinogen A was investigated. A total of 123 sera samples of porcine foetuses (n = 28), adult healthy pigs (n = 56), pigs with parakeratosis (n = 25) and pigs with ulceration of the pars oesophagea (n = 14) were tested. Overall, there was a slight correlation between the two methods (r = 0.60). In relation to individual animal groups, the correlations (r) were 0.39 (P>0.05), 0.74 (P<0.001), 0.19 (P>0.05) and 0.34 (P>0.05) in foetuses, healthy pigs, pigs with parakeratosis and pigs with ulcers, respectively. In both methods, pepsinogen concentrations (means+/-SE) were significantly higher (P<0.05) in pigs with parakeratosis (1778 +/- 86.00 mUTyr/L; 690 +/- 53.00 ng/mL) and in pigs with ulcers (2026 +/- 153.00 mUTyr/L; 1747 +/- 94.00 ng/mL) when compared to healthy pigs (935 +/- 58.00 mUTyr/L; 275 +/- 35.00 ng/mL). The proteolytic method gave a significant increased activity (P<0.05) in foetuses (1150 +/- 82.00 mUTyr/L) vs. (935 +/- 58.00 mUTyr/L) in healthy adult pigs, indicating an additional proteolytic activity in the sera of foetuses or neonates. [less ▲]

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See detailLes engrais enrichis en sélénium: une alternative pour améliorer le statut en sélénium du bovin
Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg; Dotreppe, Olivier ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg et al

Article for general public (2006)

Le Sélénium (Se) est un oligo-élément indispensable au bon fonctionnement de l'organisme, notamment chez le bovin. Différents éléments plaident pour l’existence de déficits en Se dans le cheptel bovin et ... [more ▼]

Le Sélénium (Se) est un oligo-élément indispensable au bon fonctionnement de l'organisme, notamment chez le bovin. Différents éléments plaident pour l’existence de déficits en Se dans le cheptel bovin et particulièrement dans les troupeaux allaitants. Solutions injectables, bolus, supplémentation des rations… différentes méthodes permettent d’assurer un statut en Se correct chez l’animal. Une autre alternative consiste à enrichir les aliments produits au niveau de l’exploitation en utilisant des engrais enrichis en Se. Le Service de Nutrition de la Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire a testé l’effet de ce type d’engrais sur la teneur en Se dans les aliments produits et sur le statut Se d’un troupeau de vaches allaitantes [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance, slaughter characteristics and meat quality of young bulls from Belgian Blue, Limousin and Aberdeen Angus breeds fattened with a sugar-beet pulp or a cereal-based diet
Cuvelier, Christine ULg; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg et al

in Animal Science (2006), 82(Part 1), 125-132

Thirty-six young fattening bulls from three breeds (Belgian Blue, Limousin and Aberdeen Angus) were fattened over 5 months with fattening diets based either on sugar-beet pulp or on cereals. Fattening ... [more ▼]

Thirty-six young fattening bulls from three breeds (Belgian Blue, Limousin and Aberdeen Angus) were fattened over 5 months with fattening diets based either on sugar-beet pulp or on cereals. Fattening performance as well as carcass and meat characteristics were measured. There were few relevant effects of the diets on the parameters. The breeds also showed similar fattening features. However, the BB had higher killing-out proportion and their carcasses presented better scores in terms of conformation and fattening. The meat quality of the breeds differed, especially in terms of luminosity, redness and cooking losses. There were also significant influences of breed on the chemical composition of meat; fat content was lowest in Belgian Blue and highest in Aberdeen Angus. Such specificities could help to allocate breeds in appropriate niches in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailEndocrinology of pregnancy in the cow: embryonic signals, placental hormones and proteins
Ayad, A.; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2006), 150(4), 212-226

The development, the establishment and the embryonic survival at early stages of gestation are depending on an intimate dialogue between the embryo and his mother. For the embryo part, it is especially ... [more ▼]

The development, the establishment and the embryonic survival at early stages of gestation are depending on an intimate dialogue between the embryo and his mother. For the embryo part, it is especially the trophoblast, or the future placenta, which plays a key role in initializing pregnancy. The placenta emits many signals of various chemical natures ( steroids, prostaglandins, peptides, proteins), some of them, e. g. the interferon tau, determine the maintenance of the corpus luteum at the beginning of gestation. Until now, although having raised many speculations, the earliest of these signals were not identified in peripheral circulation. Consequently, they cannot be used as a pregnancy diagnosis or to indicate embryonic mortality. However, since the eighties, the specific proteins "associated with pregnancy", produced by the trophoblastic cells are used as tool for breeding management. Most of these molecules are present in peripheral circulation. In this review, we will describe the major mechanisms associated with the maternal recognition of the gestation and their possible applications as pregnancy diagnosis tool in the cow. [less ▲]

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