Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
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...
Posted December 16th, 2014
Take home message: To make savings on the cost of animal feed, it may be beneficial to replace inorganic minerals with lower levels of organic minerals in the diets of growing pigs. Minerals are...
Posted October 9th, 2014
Take home message: additional protein in silage diets for growing cattle has no growth benefit, providing that there is enough rumen degradable protein in the ration. Strategic use of protein in...
Posted September 9th, 2014
Take-home message: The development of feed additives, vaccines and viruses that kill bacteria means antibiotics aren’t the only opportunities available to livestock farmers to control disease. ...
Posted August 7th, 2014
Lame sheep are in pain and they lose productivity. Sometimes the pain forces sheep to kneel. Two common causes of lameness are footrot and scald (strip, interdigital dermatitis). Each of those...
Posted July 9th, 2014
   BSAS President Alistair Carson gives a summary of his first months in office…  Siting in the sun on holidays is giving me an opportunity to look back over my first 3 months as BSAS...
Posted July 4th, 2014
 Reducing the transmission of mastitis from infected cows to uninfected cows will minimise the cost of clinical mastitis on dairy herds. Researchers at the University of Nottingham have...
Posted June 27th, 2014
  Changes in the gait patterns of growing pigs is not affected by the floor surface they are reared on. Researchers at Newcastle University have used a 3D motion capture technique to...
Posted June 19th, 2014
Adding a marker to lamb finishing diets could help improve food safety by helping to detect faeces in carcases. A trial by scientists at the Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences...

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