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

Nutrient concept aims to improve prenatal growth

Week-old lambs show the difference when a mother received adequate nutrition or when the mother was nutritionally restricted during their pregnancy. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Carey Satterfield) The nutrition and health status of a pregnant animal has been shown to directly affect how well the offspring grows and develops after it is born. When … Continue reading Nutrient concept aims to improve prenatal growth

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

Superior Farms opens Sheep Discovery Center

Sheep Discovery Center Superior Farms, a purveyor of sustainably-raised, ranch-to-table American lamb, is ushering in a new future for sustainable sheep production in the U.S. with the grand opening of The Sheep Discovery Center in Nephi, Utah. The state-of-the-art center was created in partnership with sheep producers from six different states and is one of … Continue reading Superior Farms opens Sheep Discovery Center

Barnyard Roundup: Genomic tools, dairy diseases & residues in manure

Photo by Trinity Kubassek on Pexels.com Livestock producers are increasingly using genomic analysis to guide animal breeding breeding decisions, with a growing number of desired traits — such as herd health and producer profitability — being incorporated into breeding programs. However, the sheep sector faces considerable gaps in genetic data collection, according to University of … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Genomic tools, dairy diseases & residues in manure

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: Aggressive pigs and grazing goats

Aggressive pigs are less likely to learn from losing a fight. Photo: SRUC. Fighting in swine herds is a major animal welfare concern in pig production, and new research from Scotland suggests that the outcome of encounters among unfamiliar pigs can affect the individual pigs' attitude toward subsequent aggressive encounters. According to an announcement from … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Aggressive pigs and grazing goats

Barnyard Roundup: Forages, pigs, sheep & dairy cows

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com In the Northern High Plains, the crop and livestock industries are limited by market accessibility, infertile soils, and short growing seasons, so adding a new type of crop to rotations could help maintain the sustainability of the region. A research team at the University of Wyoming is researching whether sunn … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Forages, pigs, sheep & dairy cows