Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted February 22nd, 2014
Take-home message: Targeted selective treatment for lambs is a workable approach to reducing the risk of anthelmintic resistance in hill sheep farming Mandatory electronic identification (EID) of...
Posted October 29th, 2013
Take-home message: Feeding gilts ad lib. post mating has no effect on litter size at birth, but it does increase gilt infertility Ad lib. feeding after insemination does not affect litter size at...
Posted October 22nd, 2013
Take-home message: Shearing ewe lambs in the autumn or winter increases lamb birth and weaning weight. Shearing ewe lambs prior to joining the flock or during the winter increases lamb birth weight...
Posted October 15th, 2013
Take-home message: The conflict between good welfare and productivity can be reduced by ensuring future breeding programmes give more emphasis to welfare in conjunction with production traits, and...
Posted October 8th, 2013
Take Home Message: Keep working boars cool during the summer months Breed, age and month of the year all have a role to play in boar semen abnormalities. Boar semen quality is known to change...
Posted September 24th, 2013
Take Home Message: Horses preferred to consume steamed hay, compared to dry or soaked hay, when offered free-choice in a stable environment. Horses will always choose steamed hay, once tasted,...
Posted September 3rd, 2013
Take-home Message: Inseminate gilts on their third observed oestrus to optimise lifetime performance.  Inseminating gilts on their third observed oestrus could be key to optimising lifetime...
Posted August 27th, 2013
Take-home Message: Enriching forage and cereals with selenium by fertilisation increases milk and milk-product selenium content.  Selenium-enriched forages and cereals significantly improved the...
Posted August 20th, 2013
Take-home Message: Replacing soya bean meal in pig rations with peas and faba beans had no adverse effect on carcass quality.  Pig producers looking to reduce their reliance on imported soya bean...
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...

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