Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: Concentrations of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in beef do not meet the levels required by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to permit labelling as a ‘source of’ n...
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: While additional metabolisable protein (MP) supply per se improves the maintenance functions of worm-parasitised ewes, improving ewe immunity functions is dependent upon the...
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: Boost freshly calved heifer confidence and welfare by mixing them with older cows before calving Heifer welfare can be improved by mixing them with older cows prior to calving and...
Posted August 3rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Offering a mixture of high water soluble carbohydrate forages to growing lambs reduces methane emissions per kg of live weight gain by up to 25% Water-soluble carbohydrate content...
Posted August 3rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Housing laying hens in aviaries compared to conventional cages improves their welfare with respect to dust-bathing behaviour Aviary hens showed a low motivation to dust-bathe...
Posted August 3rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Outdoor reared growing-finishing pigs are less susceptible to pre-slaughter stress, which has potential benefits for carcass and meat quality Alternative pig rearing systems do...
Posted August 3rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Corn, but not wheat DDGS increase the trans-18:1 fatty acid content of muscle.   Muscle fatty acids levels in cattle were unaffected by substituting barley with corn (C) or wheat (...
Posted August 3rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Volume of urine and quantity of N excreted is more than doubled within an hour after feed is offere The volume of urine and quantity of nitrogen excreted in housed dairy cows more...
Posted August 3rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Including biofuel co-products in pig rations reduces ammonia, but increases methane emissions from effluent Adding biofuel co-products to pig diets results in a shift of nitrogen...
Posted July 31st, 2012
Take Home Message: Improving milk yield has a far greater effect on reducing green house gas emissions than extending lactation length Improving milk yield has a far greater effect on reducing...

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