Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted March 27th, 2015
Take-home message: measuring the radiated temperature of a group of pigs by infrared themography may be a useful tool for early detection of disease. Researchers in Canada have discovered it is...
Posted March 10th, 2015
Take home message: Selecting pigs for reduced residual feed intake improves feed efficiency, and reduces physical activity. Residual feed intake (RFI) is the difference between observed feed...
Posted February 27th, 2015
Take home message: Analysing the complete genetic sequence of Quarter Horses has identified which genes are positively selected for during the breeding of racing line horses compared to cutting line...
Posted February 18th, 2015
Take-home message: Alternative methods to assess body condition in Dairy cows: lessons from Switzerland confirm the accuracy of visual assessments over strict scoring systems. The scientist in this...
Posted February 10th, 2015
Take home message: Mixed upland grazing systems improve livestock production and benefit biodiversity, suggesting a ‘win-win’ solution for farmers and conservationists. The economic and...
Posted February 4th, 2015
Take home message: it is feasible to provide sows housed in partly-slatted farrowing pens with 15 kg chopped straw at farrowing and still maintain good pen hygiene with efficient drainage. The ...
Posted January 27th, 2015
Take home message: Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark suggested that currently not enough is known about drinking behaviour in growing pigs. Once more is known, recording water intake and...
Posted January 21st, 2015
Take-home message: Treating worm-infected horses with ivermectin or moxidectin can reduce the number of faecal parasitic eggs, but does shorten the egg re-appearance period. The current preferred...
Posted January 16th, 2015
Take-home message: Including wild flowers in forage mixtures for dairy heifers could help lower emissions from livestock and reduce dependency on fertiliser, but animal performance is compromised....
Posted December 22nd, 2014
Take-home message: Colostrum should be collected as soon after calving as possible to maximise colostrum quality. Background In Ireland the calf mortality rate is high (4.6%) compared to other...

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