Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted June 25th, 2013
Take Home Message: Inclusion of up to 10% DDGS in broiler diets has beneficial effects on broiler performance and no adverse effects on carcass characteristics. Feeding broilers distillers dried...
Posted April 16th, 2013
Take-home message: Genetics, breed and gender must be considered when estimating the effects of tail biting on production performance. Livestock Science 143 (2012) 220-225 Animal welfare is a key...
Posted April 9th, 2013
Take-home message: Bull beef is of inferior eating quality compared to that from steers and heifers. BSAS 143 Meat quality from bulls is poorer than that of steers and heifers, according to a...
Posted April 2nd, 2013
Take-home message: Farming greatly influences natural bird populations in the UK and schemes are available to help farmers contribute towards saving the country's wildlife.  Natural England (2011)...
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...

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