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  • Humans, livestock in Kenya linked in sickness and in health

    Humans, livestock in Kenya linked in sickness and in health

    If a farmer’s goats, cattle or sheep are sick in Kenya, how’s the health of the farmer? Though researchers have long suspected a link between the health of farmers and their families in sub-Saharan Africa and the health of their livestock, a team of veterinary and economic scientists ...
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  • Experts disagree on horses with incoordination

    Experts disagree on horses with incoordination

    At least one in 100 horses at some point in its life will lose the ability to control of its gait as a result of developing the neurological disorder ataxia. Once found to be ataxic, the horse is often put down, or undergoes an expensive operation with dubious results. But now researchers from th...
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  • Foaling mares are totally relaxed, stress free, study finds

    Foaling mares are totally relaxed, stress free, study finds

    Foaling in horses is extremely fast. labor and the active part of foaling, resulting in delivery of the foal, take 10 to 20 minutes and are considerably shorter than giving birth in humans or in cows. Is this brief period stressful for the animals or are horses more relaxed than humans when givin...
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  • Bio-digester supplies energy to 3000 farms

    Bio-digester supplies energy to 3000 farms

    The principle of action of the digestive system of a cow served as a model to Camilo Pagés and Alexander Eaton to create a container that receives organic waste, mostly livestock manure, where it is mixed with millions of bacteria to obtain natural gas integrated mostly of methane, called biogas,...
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  • Happy cows make more nutritious milk

    Happy cows make more nutritious milk

    Daily infusions with a chemical commonly associated with feelings of happiness were shown to increase calcium levels in the blood of Holstein cows and the milk of Jersey cows that had just given birth. The results, published in the Journal of Endocrinology, could lead to a better understanding of...
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  • Cutting cattle carbon Bad breath and flatulence

    Cutting cattle carbon Bad breath and flatulence

    Cattle have bad breath and commonly suffer from severe, chronic flatus generating large amounts of methane, which is a greenhouse gas and a driver of anthropogenic global warming. There is an obvious answer to this problem, stop breeding cattle. Unfortunately a large proportion of us enjoy our bo...
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  • Cooling cows efficiently with water spray

    Cooling cows efficiently with water spray

    Dairies use intermittent sprinkler systems to cool cows in warm weather, but little experimental work has been done to determine how much water is needed to achieve beneficial effects. A group of dairy scientists conducted a study at the University of California, Davis, to examine the effects of ...
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  • Consumers sour on milk exposed to LED light

    Consumers sour on milk exposed to LED light

    Got LED light? Display cases and grocery stores increasingly do, and that’s bad news for milk drinkers. Cornell University researchers in the Department of Food Science found that exposure to light-emitting diode (LED) sources for even a few hours degrades the perceived quality of fluid mil...
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  • Detection of unusual hybrid schistosomes in Malawi

    LSTM’s Professor Russell Stothard is senior author on a new paper in which researchers from the UK and Malawi have described the unusual occurrence of novel schistosome hybrids infecting children along the Shire River Valley. The findings, published in the journal Emerging Infectious Disea...
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  • Changing climate may affect animal-to-human disease transfer

    Climate change could affect occurrences of diseases like bird-flu and Ebola, with environmental factors playing a larger role than previously understood in animal-to-human disease transfer. Researchers from The University of Queensland and Swansea University have been looking at how different en...
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  • Translocation of bighorn sheep in Arizona has positive genetic outcomes

    Translocation of bighorn sheep in Arizona has positive genetic outcomes

    Translocation is an important management tool that has been used for more than 50 years to increase bighorn sheep population numbers in Arizona and to restore herds to suitable habitat throughout their historical range. Yet, translocation also can alter the underlying genetic diversity and spatia...
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  • Humans, livestock in Kenya linked in sickness and in health

    Humans, livestock in Kenya linked in sickness and in health

    After tracking 1,500 households and their livestock in 10 western Kenyan villages for one year, researchers found a strong relationship between the number of illnesses among family members and the number of livestock sicknesses and deaths in the same household. This is a farmer enrolled in the s...
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  • How to keep cows happy

    How to keep cows happy

    Brazilian study shows how small changes on farms can lower stress levels of cattle  Corrals are used on livestock farms around the world to round up the animals when they need to be weighed or vaccinated. New research now shows that removing splashes of colors, shadows or water puddles from corr...
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  • Happy cows make more nutritious milk

    Happy cows make more nutritious milk

    The results of a new study could lead to a better understanding of how to improve the health of dairy cows, and keep the milk flowing. Daily infusions with a chemical commonly associated with feelings of happiness were shown to increase calcium levels in the blood of Holstein cows and the milk o...
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  • Drug-resistant genes spread through environment, not meat products

    Drug-resistant genes spread through environment, not meat products

    In the first study to track antibiotic resistance in intensively-farmed beef, scientists discovered a “startling” lack of resistance genes in meat. Meanwhile, in soil and faeces samples from cattle pens they found genes resistant to a powerful “last resort” class of antibi...
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  • Newly discovered infectious prion structure shines light on mad cow disease

    Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta has identified the structure of the infectious prion protein, the cause of “mad cow disease” or BSE, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, which has long remained a mystery. The infectiou...
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  • Feeding food waste to pigs could save vast swathes of threatened forest and savannah

    Feeding food waste to pigs could save vast swathes of threatened forest and savannah

    A new study shows that if the European Union lifted the pigswill ban imposed following 2001′s foot-and-mouth disease epidemic, and harnessed technologies developed in East Asian countries for ‘heat-treating’ our food waste to safely turn it into pig feed, around 1.8 million hect...
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  • Doctors call on hospitals to oppose the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture

    Doctors call on hospitals to oppose the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture

    To help stop the spread of antibiotic resistance, UC San Francisco scientists are urging hospitals around the country to stop buying meat from animals that were given antibiotics for growth promotion. For the last two years, UCSF Medical Center has been phasing out meat from animals that were rou...
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  • Evidence that an Influenza A virus can jump from horses to camels

    Evidence that an Influenza A virus can jump from horses to camels

    University of Florida researchers have found evidence that an influenza A virus can jump from horses to camels — and humans could be next. The One Health Center of Excellence for Research and Training in UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, in collaboration with U.S. and Mongolian insti...
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  • Equine specialist warns horse owners of dangerous virus

    Equine specialist warns horse owners of dangerous virus

    A Kansas State University equine specialist is warning horse owners of a highly contagious virus recently identified in Kansas and Wisconsin. The Kansas Department of Agriculture reports that a horse in northeast Kansas has been confirmed positive with a wild type of non-neurotropic case of equin...
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  • Doctors call on hospitals to oppose the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture

    Doctors call on hospitals to oppose the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture

    To help stop the spread of antibiotic resistance, UC San Francisco scientists are urging hospitals around the country to stop buying meat from animals that were given antibiotics for growth promotion. For the last two years, UCSF Medical Center has been phasing out meat from animals that were rou...
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  • Detection test for subclinical mastitis in dairy cows developed

    Detection test for subclinical mastitis in dairy cows developed

    Kansas and U.S. dairy producers may avoid some of the billions of dollars lost to mastitis thanks to a Kansas State University technology that is detecting the early stages of the disease in dairy cows. Deryl Troyer, professor of anatomy and physiology, is leading a project with Stefan Bossmann, ...
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  • Decrease in antimicrobial use in animals in Denmark

    Decrease in antimicrobial use in animals in Denmark

    Antimicrobial use in animals has decreased in 2014 due mainly to decreased consumption in the pig production. In general very little of the critically important antimicrobials — which are used to treat humans — is used in the production of livestock. The use of critically important an...
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  • Dairy products boost effectiveness of probiotics

    Dairy products boost effectiveness of probiotics

      The success of probiotics for boosting human health may depend partly upon the food, beverage, or other material carrying the probiotics, according to research published on July 10th in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. “Our f...
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