Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted March 26th, 2013
Take-home message: Selection for meat production traits is associated with increased susceptibility to environmental stressors.  Animal: Merlot et al. (2012) Different pig breeds react differently,...
Posted March 19th, 2013
Take-home message: Residual feed intake (RFI) is not phenotypically associated with scrotum circumference (SC) or sperm motility, but is weakly associated with sperm morphology.  Journal of Animal...
Posted March 12th, 2013
Take-home message: Stearidonic acid decreases the proportion of methane in fermentation gas without negatively affecting fermentation. BSAS 151 Supplementation of stearidonic acid, a long-chain...
Posted March 5th, 2013
Take-home message: Castration may be accomplished by any method before or at weaning without sacrificing subsequent calf body weight gain and feed efficiency. Journal of Animal Science: WARNOCK et al...
Posted February 26th, 2013
Take-home Message: Genetic variation in methane yield highlights the possibility of breeding cattle for naturally lower methane emissions. BSAS 011 (2012) Selective breeding from cattle and sheep...
Posted February 19th, 2013
Take-home message: Less restrictive accommodation improves feed intake, growth rate and meat eating quality in two genotypes of pig.  Meat Science 88 (2011) 14-22 Pork eating-quality has been shown...
Posted February 15th, 2013
  Take-home message: Birth fluid and restraint are the most commonly used fostering methods amongst UK sheep farmers  Ward et al. (2011) Birthing fluid and ‘restraint’ are the most common...
Posted February 5th, 2013
Take-home message: Government understanding of the types of events that trigger farmers to make changes to their existing systems can help improve services and inform policy aimed at incentivising...
Posted January 29th, 2013
Take-home message: Feed intake behaviour is genetically associated with - and can therefore be used as a predictor of - litter size and piglet survival The moderate to high heritabilities of...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Improving farm practices to reduce Salmonella may also reduce presence of enzootic pneumonia-like lesions, milk spots, peritonitis and pericarditis.  Reduction of these conditions...

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