Artificial intelligence helps mitigate poultry heat stress

Photo by Alexas Fotos on Pexels.com It gets hot in Georgia, making heat stress a major issue for the state's significant broiler chicken industry. Chickens are raised on thousands of farms in Georgia and across the southeastern U.S., and those birds need to be transported to processing facilities when they reach market size. Transportation stress, … Continue reading Artificial intelligence helps mitigate poultry heat stress

Novel imaging method to assess bone strength in hens

Photo by Rachel Vine on Pexels.com Laying hens are at risk of bone fractures due to biological changes linked with egg production. A novel method developed by The Roslin Institute in the U.K. enables poultry breeders to consider bone density in laying hen selection, which would allow greater bird health and welfare. Strong bones offer … Continue reading Novel imaging method to assess bone strength in hens

Probiotic combo ‘drastically’ improves oyster larvae survival

Photo: Oregon State University. Specific probiotic combinations "significantly boosted" oyster larvae survival rates with only a one-time application, according to Oregon State University researchers. In a recent study, the researchers found that the probiotics also boosted larval growth, metamorphosis and settlement, meaning that in addition to more oysters surviving past the larvae stage, they also … Continue reading Probiotic combo ‘drastically’ improves oyster larvae survival

Chasing dreams, chasing dollars: Organic grass-fed dairy sector sees growth

Holstein cows eating pasture grass at an organic grass-fed dairy farm. Photo: University of New Hampshire A "perfect storm" of issues has hit hard New England’s organic dairy farms (average herd size of about farms with 100 or fewer milking cows). For many years, organic dairies in New England and the Northeast U.S. remained viable … Continue reading Chasing dreams, chasing dollars: Organic grass-fed dairy sector sees growth

Vaccines possible for prion diseases

Photo by LuAnn Hunt on Pexels.com At the University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine & Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), Dr. Scott Napper has a lead role in the search for vaccines to treat diseases caused by misfolded proteins known as prions. His original research focused bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle, scrapie in sheep, and chronic wasting disease … Continue reading Vaccines possible for prion diseases

Lysine linked to reproductive health in dairy cows

Photo: University of Illinois Dairy cattle are especially prone to reproductive health issues around calving, which affects fertility and conception rates in the next cycle, and a new University of Illinois study is showing that rumen-protected lysine may improve uterine health if fed during the transition period. “Right after calving, the uterus is undergoing a … Continue reading Lysine linked to reproductive health in dairy cows

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)?

Barnyard Roundup: Potential oilseeds; milk fat; fish feed

Holstein cows shown at the Penn State Dairy Barns. Milk fat is a main contributor to the value of milk, but it is also the most variable component because it is very responsive to diet and management,  Credit: Penn State. Creative Commons As the name suggests, oilseed crops are grown for their oil content — … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Potential oilseeds; milk fat; fish feed