Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
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...
Posted June 10th, 2014
Take-home message: Lambs susceptible and resistant to gastrointestinal parasites should be grazed separately to reduce costs and limit anthelmintic resistance developing in the flock. Significant...
Posted March 27th, 2014
Take-home message: Partially replacing soya in poultry diets with processed animal protein or dried distillers grains with solubles has the potential to reduce the global warming potential of poultry...
Posted March 10th, 2014
Take-home message: Dynamic stretching has the potential to improve performance and support rehabilitation in horses. Scientists from Writtle College, in Essex, found that stretching improves stride...
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,...

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