Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted July 23rd, 2013
Take-home Message: Farm workers, abattoir workers and veterinarians should be aware of the potential occupational risks associated with livestock-associated MRSA.  Methicillin-resistant...
Posted July 16th, 2013
Take-home message: Home-grown soya bean alternatives could reduce global warming potential of grower and finisher pigs by 20%.  Using peas and beans as alternatives for soyabean meal in pig rations...
Posted July 9th, 2013
Take-home message: Finishing lambs on grass improves meat shelf life. Finishing lambs on grass during the winter period or supplementing with high doses of Vitamin E ensures longer shelf life for...
Posted July 2nd, 2013
Take Home Message: Gestation length is associated with calving interval and milk production.  Gestation length is genetically related to other important selection traits and needs to be taken into...
Posted June 25th, 2013
Take Home Message: Inclusion of up to 10% DDGS in broiler diets has beneficial effects on broiler performance and no adverse effects on carcass characteristics. Feeding broilers distillers dried...
Posted April 16th, 2013
Take-home message: Genetics, breed and gender must be considered when estimating the effects of tail biting on production performance. Livestock Science 143 (2012) 220-225 Animal welfare is a key...
Posted April 9th, 2013
Take-home message: Bull beef is of inferior eating quality compared to that from steers and heifers. BSAS 143 Meat quality from bulls is poorer than that of steers and heifers, according to a...
Posted April 2nd, 2013
Take-home message: Farming greatly influences natural bird populations in the UK and schemes are available to help farmers contribute towards saving the country's wildlife.  Natural England (2011)...
Posted March 26th, 2013
Take-home message: Selection for meat production traits is associated with increased susceptibility to environmental stressors.  Animal: Merlot et al. (2012) Different pig breeds react differently,...
Posted March 19th, 2013
Take-home message: Residual feed intake (RFI) is not phenotypically associated with scrotum circumference (SC) or sperm motility, but is weakly associated with sperm morphology.  Journal of Animal...

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