Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted August 29th, 2008
Calving animals at less than two years of age does not reduce reproductive performance or productivity and, therefore, it could increase herd profit through reduced heifer rearing costs. That was...
Posted August 29th, 2008
To use AI more successfully producers must breed, feed and house their cattle ‘appropriately’ to avoid clinical stress. That was the conclusion of a study, carried out by a team of scientists led by...
Posted August 29th, 2008
As the incidence of uterine disease in UK herds continue to rise, fingers point at E coli – the most commonly isolated uterine pathogen, which often precedes infection with other organisms. The...
Posted August 29th, 2008
Elevating progesterone levels in beef heifers, by inserting a PRID device shortly after insemination, has no effect on embryo survival rates on day five or day seven and it can actually increase...
Posted August 27th, 2008
These were just two of the take-home messages from Adam Lock, from the University of Vermont in the US, during his presentation at the British Society of Animal Science’s international conference...
Posted August 27th, 2008
Extending dairy cow lactations could not only boost profitability, but it could also offer improved levels of health and welfare for European herds. That was the conclusion of a study, carried out...
Posted August 25th, 2008
 There's no definitive answer to what the influence of biofuel production will be on concentrate animal feeding in the US - it's a complex question and there's a whole matrix of 'players' to consider...
Posted August 25th, 2008
Co-products from the biofuel industry have the potential to be important feed sources for the pig and poultry industries. And new technologies promise to add value to this feed material in the future...
Posted August 25th, 2008
“In five or 10 years, grain will not be something that we feed to ruminants.” That was the bold statement made by AB Agri’s Michael Marsden in front of delegates attending this year’s British Society...
Posted August 25th, 2008
There are a whole range of strategies that will help to reduce methane emissions from livestock and these provide scientists and livestock farmers with both a challenge and an opportunity. That was...

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