Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: It is possible to evaluate resistance of liver fluke to triclabendazole using a novel egg hatch essay, which may be applicable to on farm tests in the future Fasciola hepatica, or...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Lowering the pH of the drinking water, via inclusion of organic acids, in newly weaned pigs reduces the E. coli load. Acidification of the drinking water to a low pH can help to...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Transgenic chickens, not vaccination, could be key to preventing the spread of avian influenza viruses. Genetically modified chickens could hold the key to preventing the spread...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Transgenic chickens, not vaccination, could be key to preventing the spread of avian influenza viruses. Sequential feeding can have positive repercussions on environmental aspects...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Herd-level risk factors could be included in risk-based herd testing programmes to improve the targeting of interventions to reduce the risks of bTB transmission. Although the...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Increasing milking frequency from 2x to 4x per day saw improved milk and milk constituent yields and milk fat percentage, with no changes in udder health and milk fatty acid...
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: Anaerobic fungal populations found in the hindgut of all horses vary daily and between horses Anaerobic fungi were present in the hindgut of all horses in a recent study and...
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: Concentrations of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in beef do not meet the levels required by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to permit labelling as a ‘source of’ n...
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: While additional metabolisable protein (MP) supply per se improves the maintenance functions of worm-parasitised ewes, improving ewe immunity functions is dependent upon the...
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: Boost freshly calved heifer confidence and welfare by mixing them with older cows before calving Heifer welfare can be improved by mixing them with older cows prior to calving and...

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