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  • Highly antibiotic-resistant strain of MRSA that arose in pigs can jump to humans

    Highly antibiotic-resistant strain of MRSA that arose in pigs can jump to humans

    A new study has found that a highly antibiotic-resistant strain of the superbug MRSA — methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus – has emerged in livestock in the last 50 years, probably due to widespread antibiotic use in pig farming. The strain, called CC398, has become the domina...
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  • Genetic finding could help beat fatal African cattle infection

    Genetic finding could help beat fatal African cattle infection

    A section of DNA found to protect native African cattle against East Coast fever could safeguard breeds introduced to the region. A key region of DNA has been identified that enables some cattle to survive a potentially devastating infection, raising the prospect of breeding livestock that do not...
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  • Gene-editing breakthrough could end male chick culling

    Gene-editing breakthrough could end male chick culling

    Researchers have used gene editing to create single-sex mice litters, which they could improve animal welfare in the poultry industry. The scientists from the University of Kent’s School of Biosciences and The Francis Crick Institute have used gene editing technology to create female-only and mal...
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  • Ethiopia Gains 82 Mln. Usd Revenue From Diary Exports

    Ethiopia Gains 82 Mln. Usd Revenue From Diary Exports

    The Meat and Milk Industry Development Institute stated that it has earned over 82 million USD from exporting milk and meat during last Ethiopian fiscal year. Institute Deputy Director General, Sahilu Mulu,told The Ethiopia Press Agency that currently neighboring countries’ demand for camel and g...
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  • Trypanosomosis Sleeping Disease ‘Nagana’

    Trypanosomosis Sleeping Disease ‘Nagana’

    Mainly occuring in Africa, Trypanosomosis, or Sleeping Disease, is a infection affecting both animals and humans. The disease mainly occurs in areas where Tsetse flies inhabit. Tsetse flies infest 10 million square kilometres and affect 37 countries, mostly in Africa, where it is known as ‘Nagana...
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  • Time to save farmers from pinch of high cost of livestock feeds

    Time to save farmers from pinch of high cost of livestock feeds

    Farmers and animal feed manufacturers are struggling to keep their businesses running thanks to high cost of feed and raw materials. Already, a number of livestock farmers have been forced to close down their enterprises or scale down their operations to keep afloat. But what is the long-term sol...
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  • TB (Bovine Tuberculosis)

    TB (Bovine Tuberculosis)

    Tuberculosis (TB) in cattle is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. M. bovis is killed by sunlight, but is resistant to desiccation and can survive in a wide range of acids and alkalis. It is also able to remain viable for long periods in moist and warm soil. In cattle faeces, it will sur...
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  • Study Links Rising Human Illnesses to Industrial Livestock Production

    Study Links Rising Human Illnesses to Industrial Livestock Production

    Research findings released today by World Animal Protection has laid bare the most damaging human health impacts linked to industrial livestock production systems, including emergence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), increased zoonotic pathogens and rising human illnesses from consumption of li...
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  • New evidence about when, where, and how chickens were domesticated

    New evidence about when, where, and how chickens were domesticated

    New research transforms our understanding of the circumstances and timing of the domestication of chickens, their spread across Asia into the west, and reveals the changing way in which they were perceived in societies over the past 3,500 years. Experts have found that an association with rice fa...
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  • Lamb prices are rising in South Africa because of the wet weather conditions

    Lamb prices are rising in South Africa because of the wet weather conditions

    The torrential downpours in much of the country in recent weeks have sent prices for lamb higher, as sheep struggle to fatten up. The incessant rains have made grass too moist for sheep consumption, which has hampered their ability to put on the desired market weight, Dr Johnny van der Merwe said...
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  • Keeping cows cool heat abatement on a budget

    Keeping cows cool heat abatement on a budget

    According to John Tyson, an agricultural engineer with Penn State, when trying to address heat abatement in a dairy there is always a budget. Sometimes that budget is financial, meaning only X amount of dollars can be spent to buy Y amount of resources. Other times it is an electric budget, meani...
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  • How to control ticks on your farm

    How to control ticks on your farm

    Every farmer is aware of the negative impacts of ticks on livestock, health, productivity and value. Ticks bite, suck blood (which is their only food) and in the process spread disease causing microorganisms among them viruses, protozoa, spirochete and rickettsia which subsequently multiply and r...
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  • Handling bulls safely

    Handling bulls safely

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and the Surveillance of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses databases, bulls caused 48% of cattle-related fatalities. Bulls account for only 2% of cattle nationwide. They are large, filled with adrenaline and testoste...
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  • Genetic finding could help beat fatal African cattle infection

    Genetic finding could help beat fatal African cattle infection

    A section of DNA found to protect native African cattle against East Coast fever could safeguard breeds introduced to the region. A key region of DNA has been identified that enables some cattle to survive a potentially devastating infection, raising the prospect of breeding livestock that do not...
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  • Farmer Groups Venture Into Commercial Animal Feeds

    Farmer Groups Venture Into Commercial Animal Feeds

    Following rising demand in commercial animal feed, farmers’ groups in Kirinyaga which have hitherto been making dairy feeds have ventured into full commercial feed production. Two of the groups which were supported by the County government of Kirinyaga are now manufacturing poultry feeds to tap i...
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  • Dutch company eyes empowering livestock owners in Ethiopia

    Dutch company eyes empowering livestock owners in Ethiopia

    Pikoline  / Schippers Group, a company specialized in improving hygiene in livestock farms and operates in more than 40 countries around the world, eyes to empower livestock owners in Ethiopia. Mr. Jeroen A. Beijer, a Commercial Director of the company is in Ethiopia to discuss with Ethiopian Gov...
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  • Dairy cows flourish on natural pasture

    Dairy cows flourish on natural pasture

    The romanticised picture of the idyllic dairy farm, with contented cows resting on pastures dotted with clover in bloom, plays itself out on Dalewood farm near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. “I want to see my cows chewing the cud,” says Rob Visser, owner of Dalewood Fromage. “That’s when I kno...
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  • CQUni leads new sensor-based livestock traceability trials

    CQUni leads new sensor-based livestock traceability trials

    Researchers from CQUniversity’s Precision Livestock Management team are investigating how on-animal sensors (aka smart tags) can be used to improve traceability of livestock through the red meat value chain. The project is funded through the Traceability Grants Program with the Commonwealth Depar...
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  • AU Animal Resources Seed Centres of Excellence to Boost Climate Change Adaptation

    AU Animal Resources Seed Centres of Excellence to Boost Climate Change Adaptation

    Africa is gearing up to mitigate the impact of climate change and global warming on animal health and production by establishing animal resources seed centres of excellence that will conserve indegenious livestock genetic materials. The centres of excellence will be an improvement of existing reg...
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  • Africa appeals for global support to curb sheep, goats plague

    Africa appeals for global support to curb sheep, goats plague

    Africa needs US$526 million to eradicate a sheep and goats plague that is fast spreading across the continent threatening livelihoods especially among smallholder farmers in rural areas. This amount could go up to US$1 billion if current efforts to wipe out the disease from the continent goes bey...
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  • Study in Ethiopian chickens identifies key genetic markers for health and productivity

    Study in Ethiopian chickens identifies key genetic markers for health and productivity

    Birds from two distinct chicken populations in Ethiopia share several genetic regions linked to key health and productivity traits, according to new research. Scientists hope that the findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Genetics, will help to support the development of healthier, more...
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  • Researchers discover genetic cause of sometimes deadly esophageal disorder in dogs

    Researchers discover genetic cause of sometimes deadly esophageal disorder in dogs

    German shepherds are predisposed to congenital idiopathic megaesophagus (CIM), an inherited disorder where a puppy develops an enlarged esophagus that fails to move food into their stomachs. Puppies with the condition regurgitate their food and fail to thrive, often leading to euthanasia. While G...
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  • Plant-based diets can pose a risk to bone health if adequate calcium and vitamin D intakes are not ensured

    Plant-based diets can pose a risk to bone health if adequate calcium and vitamin D intakes are not ensured

    In a study conducted at the University of Helsinki, partial replacement of animal protein with plant protein in the diet altered bone metabolism and decreased calcium and vitamin D intakes. In a study conducted at the University of Helsinki, 136 adults adhered to one of three study diets for 12 w...
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  • Pirbright collaboration proves Rift Valley fever vaccine safe in pregnant animals

    Pirbright collaboration proves Rift Valley fever vaccine safe in pregnant animals

    Collaborative research involving scientists from The Pirbright Institute has shown that a new vaccine, ChAdOx1 RVF, is effective at protecting pregnant sheep and goats from Rift Valley fever (RVF), a debilitating disease that can also be transmitted to humans. This work will also help progress th...
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