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

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

Gelding study offers path to wild horse management

Photo: Colorado State University They're iconic, said to represent the "free spirit" of the American West and the "endurance" of the people that live there. They're also an invasive species, not native to the western range, and destructive to the ecosystems they inhabit. There is also too many of them on public lands Bureau of … Continue reading Gelding study offers path to wild horse management

Barnyard Roundup: Sniffing coronavirus, testing racehorses

Corona detection dog Silja at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Credit: Egil Björkman Dogs have a very keen sense of smell, and can pick up a scent at levels as low as one part per trillion, far exceeding any available mechanical techniques, which has led to the theory that that they are able to detect distinct volatile … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Sniffing coronavirus, testing racehorses

Horse slicker can monitor chronic disease

Professors Chi Hwan Lee (right) and Laurent Couëtil (left) chat while observing a cardiac, respiratory and muscular test on a horse named Leila at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Graduate students Semih Akin (left) and Taehoo Chang (right) capture the horse’s vital signs on a laptop via Bluetooth technology from a specially designed horse … Continue reading Horse slicker can monitor chronic disease

Barnyard Roundup: Beef methane and equine laminitis

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com New research from Ireland makes the case that breeding for low-methane-emitting beef cattle is possible, with some cattle producing up to 30% less methane, on average, at the same level of productivity. The novel research was led by Ireland's agri-food research authority Teagasc, in collaboration with colleagues at University College … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Beef methane and equine laminitis