Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted August 7th, 2014
Lame sheep are in pain and they lose productivity. Sometimes the pain forces sheep to kneel. Two common causes of lameness are footrot and scald (strip, interdigital dermatitis). Each of those...
Posted July 9th, 2014
   BSAS President Alistair Carson gives a summary of his first months in office…  Siting in the sun on holidays is giving me an opportunity to look back over my first 3 months as BSAS...
Posted July 4th, 2014
 Reducing the transmission of mastitis from infected cows to uninfected cows will minimise the cost of clinical mastitis on dairy herds. Researchers at the University of Nottingham have...
Posted June 27th, 2014
  Changes in the gait patterns of growing pigs is not affected by the floor surface they are reared on. Researchers at Newcastle University have used a 3D motion capture technique to...
Posted June 19th, 2014
Adding a marker to lamb finishing diets could help improve food safety by helping to detect faeces in carcases. A trial by scientists at the Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences...
Posted June 10th, 2014
Take-home message: Lambs susceptible and resistant to gastrointestinal parasites should be grazed separately to reduce costs and limit anthelmintic resistance developing in the flock. Significant...
Posted March 27th, 2014
Take-home message: Partially replacing soya in poultry diets with processed animal protein or dried distillers grains with solubles has the potential to reduce the global warming potential of poultry...
Posted March 10th, 2014
Take-home message: Dynamic stretching has the potential to improve performance and support rehabilitation in horses. Scientists from Writtle College, in Essex, found that stretching improves stride...
Posted February 22nd, 2014
Take-home message: Targeted selective treatment for lambs is a workable approach to reducing the risk of anthelmintic resistance in hill sheep farming Mandatory electronic identification (EID) of...
Posted October 29th, 2013
Take-home message: Feeding gilts ad lib. post mating has no effect on litter size at birth, but it does increase gilt infertility Ad lib. feeding after insemination does not affect litter size at...

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