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  • Stand out from the herd how cows commooonicate through their lives

    Farmers might finally be able to answer the question: How now brown cow? Research at the University of Sydney has shown that cows maintain individual voices in a variety of emotional situations. Cows ‘talk’ to one another and retain individual identity through their lowing. Studying a herd of 18 ...
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  • ‘New’ lactic acid bacteria can make African camel milk safe

    A research project headed by the Technical University of Denmark, DTU, has come up with the formula for a freeze-dried starter culture that African camel milk farmers can use to make safe, fermented milk products. The majority of the world’s camels are located in East Africa, where they are...
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  • Hemp in Veterinary Medicine: From Feed to Drug

    Hemp (Cannabis sativa) is an angiosperm plant belonging to the Cannabaceaefamily. Its cultivation dates back to centuries. It has always been cultivated due to the possibility of exploiting almost all the parts of the plant: paper, fabrics, ropes, bio-compounds with excellent insulating capacity,...
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  • Feeding the Future with Beef Cattle – a Sustainable Approach to Responsible Food Production

    Feeding the Future with Beef Cattle – a Sustainable Approach to Responsible Food Production

    Analysis of ruminant animals’ biological processes, production practices in various regions of the globe and environmental issues such as greenhouse gas emissions all suggest opportunities to mitigate livestock production’s impact on the environment. Concerns about climate change have given rise ...
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  • Economist reviews shocks to beef industry with implications for prices ahead

    Economist reviews shocks to beef industry with implications for prices ahead

    The beef cattle industry has already experienced three big “shocks” this year and the effects are ongoing, but have been blunted to some extent, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist. The first jolt came in mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic sparked stay-at-home orders i...
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  • Beef Production Insights on Carbon, Methane and Feeding the Future

    Beef Production Insights on Carbon, Methane and Feeding the Future

    Today’s climate change conversation often references gains in carbon emissions without discussing the source and function of the emission, writes Javier Martín-Tereso, Manager Ruminant Research Centre at Trouw Nutrition, a Nutreco company.   Fossil fuels stem from geologic reserves used for ...
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  • Sugar promotes sperm longevity in pig reproductive tract

    For many livestock species, artificial insemination (AI) is standard. But it can be tricky to achieve success the first time, thanks to variability in ovulation timing across the herd. Sperm remains viable for a day or two once they reach the oviduct, the tube connecting the uterus with the ovari...
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  • Gene-edited livestock ‘surrogate sires’ successfully made fertile

    For the first time, scientists have created pigs, goats and cattle that can serve as viable “surrogate sires,” male animals that produce sperm carrying only the genetic traits of donor animals. The advance, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Sept. 14, ...
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  • Why Asian horses don’t get sick with the flu

    Avian influenza viruses infect horses in Mongolia but do not cause large outbreaks of disease because they failed to acquire key genetic changes to enable greater cross-species transmissibility, according to a study published February 7 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Pablo Murcia of...
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  • Reducing transmission risk of livestock disease

    The risk of transmitting the livestock virus PPRV, which threatens 80 percent of the world’s sheep and goats, increases with certain husbandry practices but not herd size. A new study, led by researchers at Penn State, investigated how transmission of PPRV might change at different scales a...
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  • Ready to Deworm in Autumn for Your Animal?

    It is a worldwide problem to deworm the internal and external parasites for cattle and goats. Parasite is a very serious disease not only on small and medium farms, but also on large-scale farms even with well-management and advanced equipment. So, it is a must to deworm for your animals. As we k...
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  • Pharmacokinetics of Conventional and Long-Acting Oxytetracycline Preparations in Kilis Goat.

    The pharmacokinetics of conventional and long-acting (LA) oxytetracycline (OTC), widely used broad-spectrum antibacterial drugs in veterinary medicine, were evaluated in Kilis goats at single dosage of 20 mg/kg body weight (bw). A total of 21 goats were divided into three groups: intravenous (Gro...
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  • Pasture quality may worsen because of climate change

    Pasture quality may worsen because of climate change

    The increase in average temperatures expected for the next few decades, of at least 2º C, may have an unexpected impact on the pocket of ranchers. New studies suggest that one of the effects of climate change will be the reduction in the quality of the pasture, which will become less protein, mor...
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  • New methods to predict methane emissions of dairy cattle

    New methods to predict methane emissions of dairy cattle

    Methane emissions of dairy cattle can be predicted using both milk fatty acids and milk infrared spectra. This has been demonstrated by researchers at Wageningen University & Research and Qlip under the auspices of the TiFN project Reduced Methane Emission by Dairy Cows. Methane emissions of ...
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  • More cats might be COVID-19 positive than first believed, study suggests

    A newly published study looking at cats in Wuhan, where the first known outbreak of COVID-19 began, shows more cats might be contracting the disease than first believed. Researchers from Huazhong Agricultural University, in the Chinese city, took blood samples from 102 cats between January and Ma...
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  • ‘Invisible,’ restricted horse racing therapy may leave a trail

    ‘Invisible,’ restricted horse racing therapy may leave a trail

    A treatment called extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is used in patients both human and equine to speed healing of injured tendons and ligaments. Using high-pressure sonic waves, ESWT is thought to increase blood flow to the treated area and has been shown to reduce pain over the short term...
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  • Horses blink less, twitch eyelids more when stressed

    Horses blink less, twitch eyelids more when stressed

    How can you tell when a horse is feeling stressed? It’s all in the eyes and the way their eyelids twitch, University of Guelph researchers have discovered. A horse will blink less and twitch its eyelids more when it’s under mild stress, the research team found — a new finding th...
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  • Genetic link between cattle temperament and autism in humans

    A strong association between the genes influencing cattle temperament and autism in humans has been discovered by University of Queensland researchers. UQ genomic expert Professor Ben Hayes said the research by his interdisciplinary team headed by Dr Roy Costilla could lead to improved animal wel...
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  • Antimicrobial usage in pig production: Effects on Escherichia colivirulence profiles and antimicrobial resistance

    Abstract Antimicrobials (AM) are used for growth promotion and therapy in pig production. Its misuse has led to the development of resistant organisms. We evaluated Escherichia colivirulence genes, and compared phenotypic–genotypic antimicrobial resistance (AMR) patterns of faecal E. colifrom pig...
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  • Crossbreeding of Holstein cows improves fertility without detriment to milk production

    Crossbreeding of Holstein cows improves fertility without detriment to milk production

    Since 1960, Holstein dairy cows have exhibited a substantial decline in fertility, with serious economic consequences for farmers. Genetic selection programs in the United States and elsewhere have emphasized milk production at the expense of other traits. Attention has turned to improving these ...
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  • Calcium added to acidified prepartum diets for dairy cows benefits future reproduction

    Calcium added to acidified prepartum diets for dairy cows benefits future reproduction

    Achieving an appropriate calcium balance in dairy cows is critical near calving, but not only to ensure a healthy transition to lactation. According to a new study from the University of Illinois, calcium added to acidified prepartum diets can improve a whole suite of postpartum outcomes, includi...
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  • An active lifestyle reduces fearfulness in dogs – differences between breeds are great

    An active lifestyle reduces fearfulness in dogs – differences between breeds are great

    Noise sensitivity, fear of novel situations and, for example, fear of slippery surfaces and heights are common behavioural problems among dogs. According to a behavioural survey of nearly 14,000 dogs conducted at the University of Helsinki, these non-social fears are associated with factors relat...
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  • Zimbabwe will allow white farmers to apply to get back seized land

    Zimbabwe will allow white farmers to apply to get back seized land

    Zimbabwe’s government has said that foreign white farmers whose land was seized under Robert Mugabe can apply to have it returned and will be offered land elsewhere if restitution is not possible. Reuters reports that Zimbabwe agreed to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to local white farmers whos...
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  • Understanding the socioeconomic impact of Foot-and-mouth Disease control in Kenya

    Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a viral disease of cloven-hooved animals that causes lesions in the mouth and on the feet, alongside generalised illness. It affects cows, sheep, goats and pigs, and although they recover after a couple of weeks, it causes reductions in milk yield and weight gain. ...
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