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  • Prices of Chemical Raw Material Are On The Rise

    Prices of Chemical Raw Material Are On The Rise

    On February 27, the United States passed a new round of economic rescue plan of $1.9 trillion. The over issued US dollar has continuously pushed up the prices of bulk commodities and made the world prices soar! In particular, the prices of chemical raw materials, building materials, passive comp...
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  • Happy Women’s Day 2021!

    Happy Women’s Day 2021!

      Women are an important part of society, whether in the form of mother, wife, sister, daughter, girlfriend, etc. Women have always been the strong ones and greatest inspiration of the world. We take a moment to thank women for their bravery, their compassion and their contribution to the f...
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  • Predicting the Animal Susceptibility and Therapeutic Drugs to SARS-CoV-2 Based on Spike Glycoprotein Combined With ACE2

    Predicting the Animal Susceptibility and Therapeutic Drugs to SARS-CoV-2 Based on Spike Glycoprotein Combined With ACE2

    Recently, a few animals have been frequently reported to have been diagnosed with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Whether they are SARS-CoV-2 intermediate hosts is worthy of great attention. The interaction of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and its acceptor protein ACE2 is...
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  • Traits that could boost livestock productivity found

    Traits that could boost livestock productivity found

    African indigenous cattle have traits that enable them to survive blistering heat, drought and diseases such as trypanosomiasis, giving hope of breeding a new, superior generation that could boost productivity, a study has found. Researchers say that interventions such as selection of cattle bree...
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  • The importance of maintaining reproductive health in a herd

    The importance of maintaining reproductive health in a herd

    Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, Gerhard Grobler, of Smitsfield farm in Lothair, Mpumalanga, started farming intensively about 10 years ago. His great-grandfather started out as a sheep herder and systematically bought pieces of land in the area. When Grobler began farming, he was bre...
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  • Supporting Ugandan women to keep goats healthy through COVID-19 pandemic

    Supporting Ugandan women to keep goats healthy through COVID-19 pandemic

    In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people living in rural pastoral and agro pastoral areas across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to care for the animals on which their livelihoods depend. Curfews and restrictions on movement and gatherings have cut communities off from markets, ...
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  • Strengthening wildlife health capacities and use of One Health can support global efforts to eradicate ‘goat plague’

    Strengthening wildlife health capacities and use of One Health can support global efforts to eradicate ‘goat plague’

    PPR, which is also known as ‘goat plague’, is a viral disease of sheep and goats that is related to rinderpest of cattle, which has been eradicated. While PPR is not a zoonotic disease, it is a contagious transboundary disease affecting the livelihoods of millions of small-scale livestock farmers...
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  • Speculators blamed for recent African swine fever outbreak

    Speculators blamed for recent African swine fever outbreak

    A limited outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) on a farm near Potchefstroom earlier this month has been confirmed by the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO). A total of 100 pigs have been culled on the farm and properly disposed of, SAPPO said. “Indications are that the infection ...
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  • Scours management begins well in advance of spring calving

    Scours management begins well in advance of spring calving

    Commonly referred to as scours, calf diarrhea can be caused by factors such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, congenital conditions or nutrition. Many causes of scours are contagious, so scours can become a concern for the entire calf crop. A severe case can result in animal death. “Produc...
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  • Research identifies potential sustainability benefits for beef production industry

    Research identifies potential sustainability benefits for beef production industry

    Syngenta Seeds, in partnership with the University of Arkansas Resiliency Centre (UARC), has published research highlighting the potential for beef producers to reduce their environmental footprint by using Enogen corn for feed from Syngenta Seeds The life cycle assessment is based on studies con...
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  • One Health Key to sustainable livestock—and human and environment—health

    One Health Key to sustainable livestock—and human and environment—health

    Livestock play multiple roles in the livelihoods of over half a billion people in developing countries, especially in rural Africa. Livestock keeping enables Africa’s smallholder farmers to build resilient livelihoods, to maintain their food and nutritional security and to escape chronic to sever...
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  • On a quest to breed ‘the perfect Brahman’

    On a quest to breed ‘the perfect Brahman’

    Auldrich Spies grew up attending shows where his grandfather exhibited his prized Brahmans and instilled a love for the breed in his grandson. But health reasons saw him selling his herd before Spies could farm himself. Spies then followed a career in construction, which, five years ago, enabled ...
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  • New feed additive reduces dairy cows’ methane emissions

    New feed additive reduces dairy cows’ methane emissions

    A total of 64 Holstein-Friesian cows in mid-lactation were involved in the study, which was designed to determine the effect of dietary composition (3 different ratios of grass silage and maize silage in dietary roughage, covering most of the range one would encounter on Dutch farms) on the level...
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  • Namibian dairy industry in fight for survival

    Namibian dairy industry in fight for survival

    The Namibian dairy sector is battling to survive, with production decreasing and the price-cost squeeze forcing producers to exit the sector. According to Kokkie Adriaanse, chairperson of the Namibia Dairy Producers’ Association, raw milk production dropped from 21,8 million litres in 2019 to 17,...
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  • Methane emissions rising in Africa

    Methane emissions rising in Africa

    An increase in methane emissions from Sub-Saharan Africa occurred between 2010 and 2016, with most of the upsurge emanating from the East African region, a study has found. Experts say that methane, a heat-trapping gas about 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide, when emitted into the atmosphe...
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  • Meat board takes charge to control FMD outbreak in Namibia

    Meat board takes charge to control FMD outbreak in Namibia

    The recent foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Namibia at the end of 2020 was largely contained and did not pose a threat to areas south of the veterinary cordon fence in the north of the country, according to Thinus Pretorius, chairperson of Nambia’s Livestock Producers’ Organisation (LPO)....
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  • Lato Milk to export to Ethiopia, South Sudan and Malawi

    Lato Milk to export to Ethiopia, South Sudan and Malawi

    Pearl Dairy Farms Limited (PDFL), the manufacturers of Lato Milk products, are now exporting their product portfolio to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Sudan underpinned by the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) ratification agreement Algeria is next on the list of potential markets as the Ug...
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  • Keeping animals out of home key to improved nutrition

    Keeping animals out of home key to improved nutrition

    Improved housing with piped water and keeping animals out of the home may be the key to improving childhood nutrition, a study suggests. According to the 2017 WHO Africa Nutrition Report, 58.5 million children suffered stunting— being too short for one’s age — in 2016. The WHO global targets incl...
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  • New Year, New Hope.

    New Year, New Hope.

    After a year’s efforts, Fangtong will take a holiday from 8th to 22nd February, 2021 to celebrate Chinese Spring Festival and welcome the new year of the Ox. At this time of welcoming Chinese new year, We would like to send our sincere thanks to all our customers. Thank you for your suppor...
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  • Farmer-herdsmen conflicts linked to climate change

    Farmer-herdsmen conflicts linked to climate change

    The increased conflicts between crop farmers and herdsmen in Nigeria could spill over into other countries if the competition for climate change-induced scarcity of resources such as water are not addressed, a study says. The study says that activities such as burning of vegetation cover, defores...
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  • Climate induced heat stress in pigs will require joint action to protect and sustain the pig industry in Uganda for years to come

    Climate induced heat stress in pigs will require joint action to protect and sustain the pig industry in Uganda for years to come

    Science experts, policy makers and other pig industry stakeholders gathered in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, in December last year to discuss important findings and insights on the impact of heat stress on the pig sector in the country, as a result of climate change. Pig farming is a profitable...
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  • Ancient proteins help track early milk drinking in Africa

    Ancient proteins help track early milk drinking in Africa

    Tracking milk drinking in the ancient past is not straightforward. For decades, archaeologists have tried to reconstruct the practice by various indirect methods. They have looked at ancient rock art to identify scenes of animals being milked and at animal bones to reconstruct kill-off patterns t...
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  • Global poultry market to grow at 3.8% CAGR in 2021

    Global poultry market to grow at 3.8% CAGR in 2021

    The global poultry market is expected to grow from US$310.7bn in 2020 to US$322.55bn in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8%, according to a report by ResearchAndMarkets The growth is mainly due to the companies rearranging their operations and recovering from the COVID-19 impact,...
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  • AFRY, Volta Greentech aim to reduce 80% of methane emissions from cows

    AFRY, Volta Greentech aim to reduce 80% of methane emissions from cows

    Cows produce more than 4% of the global greenhouse gas emissions by releasing methane gas, which is more than twice as much emission as all the world’s airplanes Backed by more than six years of research from international universities and research bodies, Volta Greentech is now commercialising ...
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