Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
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...
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...

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