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

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

Pastures: To burn (a patch) or not to burn (the whole thing)?

Photo by Pamoni Photograph on Pexels.com Prescribed burning has been a pasture management practice in the Great Plains to help regenerate pastures in which an entire pasture is burned on a three-year rotation. But are there other practices that could have similar results and save cattle producers money? Ongoing Oklahoma State University research shows that … Continue reading Pastures: To burn (a patch) or not to burn (the whole thing)?

Brucellosis study targets cellular function

Photo: Washington State University While brucellosis in the U.S. has been "essentially eradicated," according to Washington State University researchers, the disease — in livestock and in people — remains a significant global concern. Now, Washington State researchers have been awarded a $2.75 million grant to explore how bacterial proteins work together to cause one of … Continue reading Brucellosis study targets cellular function

Cattle feedyard to test sustainable technologies

Credit: USDA-Agricultural Research Service The true test of any new technology is to install it into a large-scale, commercial operation. Most technologies are developed in a virtual vacuum, which is necessary to ensure that the new system functions as designed, and after the testing phase, they are moved to practical, in-field testing. In the last … Continue reading Cattle feedyard to test sustainable technologies

Model suggests ruminant methane pathways

Credit: Tohoku University Minimizing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by livestock, particularly cattle, has been an important research theme, and this requires fully understanding the pathways by which enteric methane is produced. A collaborative project in Japan has employed biomarkers to describe the metabolic and nutritional characteristics linked to enteric methane emissions in Japanese … Continue reading Model suggests ruminant methane pathways

Barnyard Roundup: Cooling cattle, COVID-hyperimmunized eggs

Photo by Kat Smith on Pexels.com Nationwide, heat stress causes $300 million in losses to cattle, and heat stress is exerting its effects across a broader geography for a longer duration each year. Now, University of Florida scientists are seeking to understand the effects of heat stress on grazing beef cattle. The effort will be … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Cooling cattle, COVID-hyperimmunized eggs

Less methane? Spent brewer’s yeast may benefit livestock sustainability

Photo by Skylar Kang on Pexels.com The animal feeding industries are built on upcycling surplus, spent and discarded foods and ingredients. Over the past century as this practice developed, much of the rationale was because these ingredients were available, cheap and had nutrients. Now, though, research is showing that some of these leftovers may provide … Continue reading Less methane? Spent brewer’s yeast may benefit livestock sustainability

AI to assess livestock mobility

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Lameness and locomotor issues in livestock and horses are significant animal health and welfare concerns, but conducting basic lameness exams can be time consuming and inconclusive. Now, researchers are turning to high-tech solutions to assess livestock mobility faster and more accurately, ultimately helping farm animal health and production. University of … Continue reading AI to assess livestock mobility

Historic equations may inform cattle market intelligence

Photo by Soumil Kumar on Pexels.com The cattle markets are an unusual beast when it comes to making predictions, but a group of students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology have built a set of models that could better predict the cattle and corn markets in an effort to offer commodity traders … Continue reading Historic equations may inform cattle market intelligence