With the main goal of following the DKC’s motto, “evolving the dairy industry,” the DKC Quarterly publishes ideas and insights from the DKC team and the world’s leading experts in a thought-provoking way.

The Quarterly provides emerging trends and research outputs that will impact the future of sustainable dairy production systems. It presents new developments in technology, business, people capital management, environmental issues, and cow care, among others.



2019 ISSUE 1
The milk machine

In this issue (n. 1, 2019)

Antimicrobial resistance continues being a global concern for the World Health Organization because threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. In this publication, Dr. Garcia- Fernandez discusses in depth the origin, evolution, and strategies to combat the problem of resistance in the animal industry.

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The nitty-gritty of antimicrobial resistance

According to their etymology, antimicrobials are substances against the life of microorganisms. (The word “antimicrobial” comes from the Greek “anti” [which means “against”], “mikros” [meaning “small”], and “bios” [which means “life”]).

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Mastitis treatment in dairy farms

The percentage of cows treated with antibiotics for mastitis increased significantly from the two previous surveys. In 2002, the percentage of cows treated with antibiotics for mastitis, respiratory diseases, diarrhea or other digestive problems,

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Microencapsulation in the ruminant feed industry

Numerous methodologies have been designed to increase the amount of a nutrient that passes through the rumen without degradation by the rumen microorganisms, thereby resulting in the delivery of a larger portion of that nutrient to the lower gastrointestinal tract.

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Corn in test tubes

Do cows have starch requirements?

Much research has concentrated on the effects of starch on the rumen microbial population (both positive and negative). Recent research3 however, showed that the fiber to starch ratio in the diet, also affected the growth of the rumen papillae in lactating dairy cows.

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