Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted October 5th, 2017
Take-home message: Free-range hens will choose to spend longer roaming if they are given more space in outdoor ranges Background: Consumer preferences in Australia have led to an increase in...
Posted October 5th, 2017
Take-home message: Over-processed feed materials can reduce the efficiency of pig herds if their nutrient values aren’t properly calculated and accounted for. Feed ingredients used in pig diets...
Posted March 21st, 2017
Take-home message:​ Creating structured management plans specific to their individual farm could help producers improve lamb survival rates to as much as 95%. Key areas to focus on include good...
Posted December 7th, 2016
Take-home messages Rapeseed meal could entirely replace soya bean meal in finisher pig diets Proportions of rapeseed meal in a diet could be lifted to 25% without it impacting on an animal’s...
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...

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