Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
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...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: There is a high prevalence of Toxoplasma infection in breeding ewes in Great Britain, so it is important to implement control measures to protect public health and to reduce cost...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take home message: Changes to the presence and distribution of sheep parasite infections coupled with the continuing emergence of treatment resistance means continued vigilance, and refinement and...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: It is possible to evaluate resistance of liver fluke to triclabendazole using a novel egg hatch essay, which may be applicable to on farm tests in the future Fasciola hepatica, or...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Lowering the pH of the drinking water, via inclusion of organic acids, in newly weaned pigs reduces the E. coli load. Acidification of the drinking water to a low pH can help to...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Transgenic chickens, not vaccination, could be key to preventing the spread of avian influenza viruses. Genetically modified chickens could hold the key to preventing the spread...

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