Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted August 13th, 2013
Take-home Message: Replacing soya bean meal with processed animal protein could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from broiler production by 23%.  Replacing soya bean meal (SBM) in broiler diets with...
Posted August 6th, 2013
Take-home Message: Wild deer do have the potential to transmit anthelmintic resistant gastrointestinal nematodes to cattle and sheep.  Wild deer could potentially transmit anthelmintic resistant...
Posted July 30th, 2013
Take-home message: Housing that enables contact between horses reduces stereotypic behaviour, faecal stress hormone concentration and improves ease of handling.  ‘Social’ housing is good for horse...
Posted July 23rd, 2013
Take-home Message: Farm workers, abattoir workers and veterinarians should be aware of the potential occupational risks associated with livestock-associated MRSA.  Methicillin-resistant...
Posted July 16th, 2013
Take-home message: Home-grown soya bean alternatives could reduce global warming potential of grower and finisher pigs by 20%.  Using peas and beans as alternatives for soyabean meal in pig rations...
Posted July 9th, 2013
Take-home message: Finishing lambs on grass improves meat shelf life. Finishing lambs on grass during the winter period or supplementing with high doses of Vitamin E ensures longer shelf life for...
Posted July 2nd, 2013
Take Home Message: Gestation length is associated with calving interval and milk production.  Gestation length is genetically related to other important selection traits and needs to be taken into...
Posted June 25th, 2013
Take Home Message: Inclusion of up to 10% DDGS in broiler diets has beneficial effects on broiler performance and no adverse effects on carcass characteristics. Feeding broilers distillers dried...
Posted April 16th, 2013
Take-home message: Genetics, breed and gender must be considered when estimating the effects of tail biting on production performance. Livestock Science 143 (2012) 220-225 Animal welfare is a key...
Posted April 9th, 2013
Take-home message: Bull beef is of inferior eating quality compared to that from steers and heifers. BSAS 143 Meat quality from bulls is poorer than that of steers and heifers, according to a...

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