Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted February 18th, 2015
Take-home message: Alternative methods to assess body condition in Dairy cows: lessons from Switzerland confirm the accuracy of visual assessments over strict scoring systems. The scientist in this...
Posted February 10th, 2015
Take home message: Mixed upland grazing systems improve livestock production and benefit biodiversity, suggesting a ‘win-win’ solution for farmers and conservationists. The economic and...
Posted February 4th, 2015
Take home message: it is feasible to provide sows housed in partly-slatted farrowing pens with 15 kg chopped straw at farrowing and still maintain good pen hygiene with efficient drainage. The ...
Posted January 27th, 2015
Take home message: Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark suggested that currently not enough is known about drinking behaviour in growing pigs. Once more is known, recording water intake and...
Posted January 21st, 2015
Take-home message: Treating worm-infected horses with ivermectin or moxidectin can reduce the number of faecal parasitic eggs, but does shorten the egg re-appearance period. The current preferred...
Posted January 16th, 2015
Take-home message: Including wild flowers in forage mixtures for dairy heifers could help lower emissions from livestock and reduce dependency on fertiliser, but animal performance is compromised....
Posted December 22nd, 2014
Take-home message: Colostrum should be collected as soon after calving as possible to maximise colostrum quality. Background In Ireland the calf mortality rate is high (4.6%) compared to other...
Posted December 16th, 2014
Take home message: To make savings on the cost of animal feed, it may be beneficial to replace inorganic minerals with lower levels of organic minerals in the diets of growing pigs. Minerals are...
Posted October 9th, 2014
Take home message: additional protein in silage diets for growing cattle has no growth benefit, providing that there is enough rumen degradable protein in the ration. Strategic use of protein in...
Posted September 9th, 2014
Take-home message: The development of feed additives, vaccines and viruses that kill bacteria means antibiotics aren’t the only opportunities available to livestock farmers to control disease. ...

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