Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Grazing cattle
Posted November 30th, 2016
Take home messages: There is often no clinical sign of rumen fluke, but if calves grazing waterlogged pasture show signs of severe diarrhoea, rumen fluke diagnosis should be considered Rumen...
Posted November 19th, 2016
Take home messages: - Selective dry cow therapy is straightforward to implement on farm and will reduce antibiotics use. If you have a high incidence rate of mastitis in your herd, veterinary...
Housed dairy cattle feeding in shed
Posted November 4th, 2016
Take home messages: Certain behaviour changes can be linked to specific illnesses - for example, cattle with acute lameness spend less time at the feeder in the week before diagnosis Changes...
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...

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