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

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

Novel feeding concept aims to improve swine microbiota, reduce methane

Photo by Leah Kelley on Pexels.com A new research and innovation project will see Aarhus University in Denmark and Danisco Animal Nutrition & Health, part of IFF's Health & Biosciences division, develop a novel feeding concept to improve the swine gut microbiota — i.e., the microorganisms living in the gastrointestinal tract in pigs. The aim … Continue reading Novel feeding concept aims to improve swine microbiota, reduce methane

Got diagnostics? Simple tech to detect African swine fever virus

Photo by Corinna Widmer on Pexels.com Many significant pathogenic viruses are stealthily circling the globe, causing serious disease and death in humans and other animals, including the virus responsible for African swine fever (ASF), a highly contagious, often lethal disease has devastated swine populations around the world and is currently spreading rapidly across Africa, Europe, … Continue reading Got diagnostics? Simple tech to detect African swine fever virus

Barnyard Roundup: Ketosis and UV light

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Metabolic disorders are a significant drain on dairy cow performance, welfare and economics. Ketosis, a natural metabolic process of burning fat cells to produce energy when carbohydrates are not available, is one such disorder that will be the focus of a new study at Texas Tech University. Texas Tech assistant … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Ketosis and UV light

International project to define piglet gut health

Photo by Mark Stebnicki on Pexels.com Researchers from universities in Denmark, the U.S. and the Netherlands are joining forces in a new project, PIG-PARADIGM, collecting data on how to improve intestinal resilience in developing piglets, with the aim of advancing knowledge on how to prevent bacterial infections and reducing the need for antimicrobial use. The … Continue reading International project to define piglet gut health

Barnyard Roundup: Chicken houses & ASF vaccine

In broiler chicken production, barn management between flocks has implications for the health and performance of the subsequent flocks. In many areas, this involves the removal of litter, washing, and disinfection, but in other areas, the litter pack is not changed every cycle and different protocols are used for disinfection. University of Alberta researchers have … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Chicken houses & ASF vaccine

Barnyard Roundup: Cattle vaccine efficacy and swine air quality

Photo by ArtHouse Studio on Pexels.com Vaccines are critical tools in disease prevention but some vaccines may work better in certain individuals than they might in others. A new large-scale immunogenetics study sought to determine the potential genetic underpinnings of vaccine response in cows, which may have implications beyond cattle. A research team led by … Continue reading Barnyard Roundup: Cattle vaccine efficacy and swine air quality

RNA vaccine research funded against African Swine fever

Photo by Corinna Widmer on Pexels.com The African Swine fever (ASF) virus is a highly contagious scourge to the global swine industry for which there is no commercially available or effective vaccine. Endemic in parts of Africa, especially in wild swine populations, in the last 10-15 years, ASF spread north into southeastern Europe. Since 2018, … Continue reading RNA vaccine research funded against African Swine fever