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  • Critical Linkages Between Livestock Production, Livestock Trade and Potential Spread of Human African Trypanosomiasis in Uganda: Bioeconomic Herd Modeling and Livestock Trade Analysis

    Critical Linkages Between Livestock Production, Livestock Trade and Potential Spread of Human African Trypanosomiasis in Uganda: Bioeconomic Herd Modeling and Livestock Trade Analysis

    Background: Tsetse-transmitted human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) remains endemic in Uganda. The chronic form caused by Trypanosoma brucei gambiense (gHAT) is found in north-western Uganda, whereas the acute zoonotic form of the disease, caused by T. b. brucei rhodesiense (rHAT), occurs in the e...
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  • A Higher Production Capacity, A New Journey!

    A Higher Production Capacity, A New Journey!

    A new year brings new hopes and leads a new journey with new dreams. Chongqing Fangtong has also ushered in new changes. Through the unremitting efforts of all employees, the new workshops will be put into use soon. The new workshops integrate the advantages of Fangtong animal drug production t...
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  • Tracking transboundary and emerging diseases

    Tracking transboundary and emerging diseases

    New project to use next-generation sequencing for faster bovine disease detection Transboundary and emerging diseases are constant threats to the livestock industry. Even as biosafety measures have evolved, there is always the lingering threat of highly contagious or newly discovered diseases imp...
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  • Targeting optimum cow size

    Targeting optimum cow size

    Genetics, feed resources and calf marketing windows are just some of the influencing factors that determine the optimum size for cows to grow, according to the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute’s team of experts. Defining the optimum cow size was a discussion topic on the recent BCI C...
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  • Spring grazing management for beef cattle

    Spring grazing management for beef cattle

    Beef cattle grazing on lush, green pastures is a common sight when driving through the Kansas Flint Hills in the late spring. Experts from Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute discussed steps for managing the spring grazing season recently on the weekly podcast Cattle Chat. K-State bee...
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  • Scientists solve the grass leaf conundrum

    Scientists solve the grass leaf conundrum

    Grass is cut regularly by our mowers and grazed on by cows and sheep, yet continues to grow back. The secret to its remarkable regenerative powers lies in part in the shape of its leaves, but how that shape arises has been a topic of longstanding debate. The debate is relevant to our staple crops...
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  • Researchers Find Toxin from Maple Tree in Cow’s Milk

    Researchers Find Toxin from Maple Tree in Cow’s Milk

    Cows can pass on the hypoglycin A toxin through their milk, a study by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Toxins shows. The substance can cause severe symptoms in humans and animals. Small amounts of the toxin were detected...
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  • Parallels in human, dog oral tumors could speed new therapies

    Parallels in human, dog oral tumors could speed new therapies

    Recent Cornell research compared the genetic expression profiles of a nonlethal canine tumor and the rare, devastating human oral tumor it resembles, laying the groundwork for potential translational medicine down the road. While canine acanthomatous ameloblastoma (CAA) is common and nonlethal, i...
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  • Guidelines may promote over-diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy in infants, study finds

    Guidelines may promote over-diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy in infants, study finds

    International guidelines developed to help doctors diagnose cow’s milk allergy may lead to over-diagnosis, according to University of Bristol-led research published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy today [8 December]. The study found that three-quarters of infants have two o...
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  • Grazing management of salt marshes contributes to coastal defense

    Grazing management of salt marshes contributes to coastal defense

    Combining natural salt marsh habitats with conventional dikes may provide a more sustainable and cost-effective alternative for fully engineered flood protection. Researchers of the University of Groningen (UG) and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) studied how salt marsh nat...
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  • Debilitating human parasite transmitted via dogs eating fish

    Debilitating human parasite transmitted via dogs eating fish

    Efforts to eradicate a human parasitic disease are being hampered by dogs eating infected fish, new research shows. Guinea worm disease is usually caught by drinking water containing water fleas that carry the parasite larvae. The worms mate and grow inside the body, and after 10-14 months the on...
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  • Common household noises may be stressing your dog

    Common household noises may be stressing your dog

    Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that people may not recognize that their dog is stressed when exposed to common household noises. While it’s well-established that sudden loud noises, such as fireworks or thunderstorms, commonly trigger a dog’s anxiety, a...
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  • Cattle losing adaptations to environment

    Cattle losing adaptations to environment

    As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Jared Decker knows that cattle suffer from health and productivity issues when they are taken from one environment — which the herd has spent generations adapting to — to a place with a different climate, a different elevation or even different gr...
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  • Cats prefer to get free meals rather than work for them

    Cats prefer to get free meals rather than work for them

    When given the choice between a free meal and performing a task for a meal, cats would prefer the meal that doesn’t require much effort. While that might not come as a surprise to some cat lovers, it does to cat behaviorists. Most animals prefer to work for their food — a behavior cal...
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  • Using Biosecurity Measures to Combat Respiratory Disease in Cattle: The Norwegian Control Program for Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Bovine Coronavirus

    Using Biosecurity Measures to Combat Respiratory Disease in Cattle: The Norwegian Control Program for Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Bovine Coronavirus

    Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) cause important health problems in all cattle husbandry systems. It contributes substantially to the use of antimicrobial substances and compromises animal welfare and the sustainability of the cattle industry. The existing preventive measures of BRD focus at the ...
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  • Remember proper injection sites when working calves

    Remember proper injection sites when working calves

    Many cow-calf operators are in the process of or getting ready to castrate male calves, immunize every calf against blackleg and respiratory diseases, and in some situations, booster yearlings.   Correct administration of any injection is a critical control point in beef production and anima...
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  • Caring for first-calf heifers and calves

    Caring for first-calf heifers and calves

    When looking at annual cow costs and doing an economic analysis, three categories tend to make up the largest percentage of total costs: feed, labor/equipment and cow depreciation. Other expenses occur, such as breeding expense and veterinary costs, but they tend to be significantly less than the...
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  • Reducing calves’ castration pain drives research

    Reducing calves’ castration pain drives research

    Reducing or mitigating the pain of castration for male beef calves is one of the main animal welfare concerns in the beef cattle industry today. Canada’s national codes of practice for the care and handling of both beef and dairy cattle recommend that male calves be castrated within the first few...
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  • Liver disease impacts feedlot bottom line

    Liver disease impacts feedlot bottom line

    If more than 20% of an animal’s liver is affected by abscesses, the feedlot’s bottom line will be impacted A recent project out of south-east Queensland has provided new insight for feeders on the impact of liver defects, particularly on carcass characteristics, and the health and performance of ...
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  • How liver disease is impacting feedlots’ bottom line

    How liver disease is impacting feedlots’ bottom line

    A recent project out of south-east Queensland has provided lot feeders with a range of insights into the effect of liver defects on carcase characteristics, performance and health of feedlot cattle. As part of the MLA-funded study led by Associate Professor Rachel Allavena from the University of ...
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  • Professor Yao Wen of Business School of Southwest University and his delegation visited Fangtong

    Professor Yao Wen of Business School of Southwest University and his delegation visited Fangtong

    In order to further understand the needs of enterprises for the professional quality and professional ability of marketing, international economy and trade talents, Yao Wen, member of the Discipline Inspection Commission and director of the Department of International Trade & Marketing of the...
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  • Herd health programs support healthy cattle markets

    Herd health programs support healthy cattle markets

    Cow-calf producers have embraced management strategies that make their livestock a better value to the rest of the U.S. beef cattle industry, but Bovine Respiratory Disease continues to be an area where improvement is needed. “Better BRD control is going to require an industry-wide effort that fo...
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  • Have colostrum supplies on hand at start of calving season

    Have colostrum supplies on hand at start of calving season

    Cow-calf operators who have not already stored several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer should do so before the start of spring-calving season, said Barry Whitworth, Oklahoma State University Extension veterinarian and food animal quality and health specialist. “Calves born after a diffic...
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  • Fall Forage Management Tips

    Fall Forage Management Tips

    Fall is a great time to take care of some very important aspects for managing forage hay fields and pastures. Below is a list of things that when done in the fall can help avoid big headaches this winter and next spring or even next summer.   One of the most important things to do now is to...
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