Roundup: Cheese flavors and salmonella vaccines

Photo by NastyaSensei on Pexels.com New research conducted at the Tokyo University of Agriculture in Japan demonstrates that the flavoring of various soft cheeses is due in part to bacterial colonization during the ripening process. The research was published in Microbiology Spectrum, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. As cheese ages, beneficial bacteria … Continue reading Roundup: Cheese flavors and salmonella vaccines

Texas A&M establishes Institute for Equine Sciences

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has approved the establishment of the Texas A&M Institute for Equine Sciences, bringing together world-class science, academic expertise and facilities to advance the care and welfare of horses. Horses at the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Laura McKenzie) Major goals … Continue reading Texas A&M establishes Institute for Equine Sciences

Immune function differs in Marek’s resistant chickens

Photo: The Pirbright Institute. In new research that could pave the way for the development of more effective vaccines against Marek's disease, researchers with The Pirbright Institute in the U.K. have identified key immune response differences in chickens resistant to the disease. In a recent paper published in Frontiers in Immunology, the researchers showed how … Continue reading Immune function differs in Marek’s resistant chickens

Role of vitamin D in bovine TB investigated

Photo by Matthias Zomer on Pexels.com While bovine tuberculosis (bTB) has been "nearly eradicated" in the U.S., according to USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Europe continues to struggle with the disease, particularly in the U.K. and Ireland. Across Ireland, it is estimated that bTB-infected herds have a 30-40% chance of the disease recurring … Continue reading Role of vitamin D in bovine TB investigated

Spent coffee grounds help microalgae produce low-emission biodiesel

Photo by Lina Kivaka on Pexels.com Every day, billions of cups of coffee are consumed, contributing to a massive amount of spent coffee grounds that often end up in the trash. However, two researchers in the U.K. have determined that spent coffee grounds provide both nutrients to feed and a structure on which to grow … Continue reading Spent coffee grounds help microalgae produce low-emission biodiesel

First honeybee vaccine ‘game-changer’

Researchers from the UGA Bee Lab study hives. Delaplane says that honey bee vaccines would be a game-changer for beekeepers who have had few resources beyond supportive therapies for decades. (Photo by Keith Delaplane) Vaccines are a proven benefit in the world of animal science, and soon, it may be possible to vaccinate six-legged livestock, … Continue reading First honeybee vaccine ‘game-changer’

In brief: HPAI; offshore mussels, cattle efficiency, trout

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases continue to rampage across the country, though numbers so far in October is lower than in September. So far in October, as of Oct. 22, almost 833,000 birds were culled, including more than 527,000 turkeys, with a significant number of backyard flocks affected, particularly in the West, but backyard … Continue reading In brief: HPAI; offshore mussels, cattle efficiency, trout

Survey suggests variation in vitamin/trace mineral use in swine diets

There are recommended inclusion levels for vitamin and trace minerals in livestock rations, and then there are the actual inclusion levels for vitamin and trace minerals in livestock rations. Photo by Mark Stebnicki on Pexels.com Sometimes, due to cost, nutritionists and/or producers will include a lower level of one or more of these micronutrients, hoping … Continue reading Survey suggests variation in vitamin/trace mineral use in swine diets

Project hopes to solve mastitis on organic dairy farms

In organic dairy production, producers are limited on disease prevention and treatment options. Organic dairies have fewer tools in their animal health toolbox due to organic program standards, but their cows are still faced with disease conditions. Bovine mastitis is one of the most common and costly diseases in the dairy industry, and a multi-state … Continue reading Project hopes to solve mastitis on organic dairy farms