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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Grazing Towards Sustainability

Jan. 12, 2016 — The benefits of utilizing pasture and robust cows over high-yield, intensive systems will be the focus of a seminar. An important part of this work is the collaboration not just with scientists but ... read more

Dec. 9, 2015 — New research suggests that feeding our food waste, or swill, to pigs (currently banned under EU law) could save 1.8 million hectares of global agricultural land -- an area roughly half the size of ... read more

Novel Pestivirus Affecting Swine Discovered by Researchers

Dec. 2, 2015 — A pestivirus affecting swine has been discovered by researchers, who also have developed diagnostic tests to identify it. The researchers identified the virus as a member of the aptly name pestivirus ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Online shopping is booming. Scientists examined the microbiological safety, packaging and labeling of a variety of raw milk cheeses sold online. Of 108 cheeses from seven different European ... read more

A Simple, Rapid Test to Help Ensure Safer Meat

Nov. 18, 2015 — Deciding whether to cook or toss a steak that's been in the fridge for a few days calls for a sniff test. This generally works well for home cooks. But food manufacturers that supply tons of ... read more

Intensive Farming Link to Bovine TB

Nov. 11, 2015 — Intensive farming practices such as larger herd size, maize growth, fewer hedgerows and the use of silage have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB, new research has ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Why does a kangaroo expel less methane than a cow? Researchers decided to investigate -- and discovered that the emission of this climate-damaging gas in kangaroos is linked to how long food is ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — Manure management is serious business for a meat-hungry world. A single cow, depending on its size, can generate between 43 and 120 pounds of manure a day. Cow manure can be a low-cost fertilizer for ... read more

Cow-Calf Grazing Practices Could Determine, Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov. 3, 2015 — Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Southern Great Plains could require a change of grazing management by traditional cow-calf producers, according to a new ... read more

New Research Shows the Simulated Economic Impact of a Foot-and-Mouth Disease Outbreak

Oct. 27, 2015 — Simulation models can help prepare for potential foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks in livestock, experts say. New research found that adopting an emergency vaccination approach to protect and prepare ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — The ancestry of domesticated cattle proves more complex than previously thought, reports a new paper. The first nuclear genome sequence from an ancient wild ox reveals that some modern domestic cow ... read more

Oct. 20, 2015 — The remarkable recovery of a dog nursed back to health from the brink of death recently highlights the value of a simple genetic test that can help owners determine if their pets are vulnerable to ... read more

Decrease in Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Denmark

Oct. 8, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Mad Cow Disease Changed the Diet of the Galician Wolf

Oct. 7, 2015 — The Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease crisis in Europe was a turning point for the diet of the Galician wolf, which until the year 2000 had primarily fed on the carrion of domestic animals. A new study shows ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Imitation behaviors play a key role in many collective phenomena seen in animals. An analysis of the collective movements of grazing sheep has revealed that sheep alternate slow dispersion phases ... read more

High Dietary Fiber Intake Linked to Health Promoting Short Chain Fatty Acids

Sep. 29, 2015 — Eating a lot of fiber-rich foods, such as fruit, vegetables, and legumes -- typical of a Mediterranean diet -- is linked to a rise in health promoting short chain fatty acids, finds ... read more

The Life and Times of Domesticated Cheese-Making Fungi

Sep. 24, 2015 — People sure love their cheeses, but scientists have a lot to learn about the fungi responsible for a blue cheese like Roquefort or a soft Camembert. Now researchers have pieced together the story of ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Scientists have found that the gut microbiome of right whales and other baleen species shares characteristics with both cows and meat-eating predators. The dual microbial communities allow whales to ... read more

Changes in Dairy Industry Benefit Dairy Cattle Health, Consumers

Sep. 22, 2015 — Profound changes in the dairy industry in recent decades have benefited the health and welfare of dairy cows, as well as consumers. A team of dairy science experts provides valuable insights into ... read more

Cattle Disease Spread by Vets, Not Cows

Sep. 21, 2015 — A cattle disease that affected more than 5,000 cows, over 500 of which were killed, was probably spread by vets farmers and cattle traders in Germany, according to a new article. Farmers and people ... read more

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