Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted October 5th, 2018
Take-home message: Better communication is vital to public acceptance of more intensive farming systems Talking to consumers more openly about the way livestock and meat is produced is critical...
Pigs
Posted April 16th, 2018
Housing pigs at maximum stocking rates has no impact on their welfare or performance, scientists have discovered. Previous research suggested that higher stocking rates had negative impacts on the...
Laying hen
Posted February 13th, 2018
Take-home message: Feeding from perches in aviaries offers laying hens superior welfare and reduces mortality rates Feeding laying hens in aviary systems from perches can improve bird health and...
Posted January 10th, 2018
Tools to help dairy farmers collect, manage and analyse on-farm data more effectively must be developed if producers are to improve their management and decision-making. Data-driven decision...
Dairy cow
Posted November 8th, 2017
Take-home message: Cows and heifers can distinguish between complex odours - especially coffee - which could have implications for adapting and enriching their environments. A surprising love...
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 September 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...

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