Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted May 20th, 2016
Take-home message: Selecting sires based on survival expectancy is probably the most practical method to reduce newborn calf mortality from first parity cows, particularly on farms with relatively...
Posted November 4th, 2015
Take-home message: Giving weaned pigs food and water during transportation could enhance welfare of animals in United States and New Zealand production systems Transporting pigs at weaning...
Posted October 28th, 2015
Take-home message: The dietary fibre Alpha-cyclodextrin (ACD) has the potential to reduce blood cholesterol concentrations in dogs with high cholesterol levels, however its consumption only leads to...
Posted September 8th, 2015
Take home message: Changing management around factors including medication, feed and stabling can reduce the risk of horses developing large colon volvulus in horses. Large colon volvulus (LCV),...
Posted August 4th, 2015
Take-home message: Improving farm facilities improves the performance of grow-finish pigs including decreased mortality rates. Pig farmers can increase growth performance and reduce mortality by...
Posted July 23rd, 2015
Take Home Message: Ovine sperm can be kept mobile and fertile for several days when semen is maintained at 4°C without dilution. Collecting semen before an animal's death is not always possible...
Posted June 25th, 2015
Take-home message:  Sequential feeding improves daily weight gain and feed efficiency in growing geese. Sequential feeding, a system that alternates different diets over a given period, has been...
Posted June 8th, 2015
The-home message: Locomotor play during and immediately after weaning may indicate that a dairy calf is adapting to weaning and is able to maintain its energy intake and weight gain. In dairy...
Posted June 1st, 2015
Take home message: Maize silage in beef cattle diets can reduce finishing period and maintain animal performance providing inclusion rate and stage of maturity are optimal. During beef production...
Posted May 25th, 2015
Take-home message: Day of calving can be predicted by rumination duration when measured by sensor technology.  Background  Calving difficulty can lead to illness or death of cows and calves, so...

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