Animal Bytes

Incisive updates on topical themes and current research within the field of UK animal science
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Transgenic chickens, not vaccination, could be key to preventing the spread of avian influenza viruses. Sequential feeding can have positive repercussions on environmental aspects...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Herd-level risk factors could be included in risk-based herd testing programmes to improve the targeting of interventions to reduce the risks of bTB transmission. Although the...
Posted October 23rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Increasing milking frequency from 2x to 4x per day saw improved milk and milk constituent yields and milk fat percentage, with no changes in udder health and milk fatty acid...
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: Anaerobic fungal populations found in the hindgut of all horses vary daily and between horses Anaerobic fungi were present in the hindgut of all horses in a recent study and...
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: Concentrations of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in beef do not meet the levels required by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to permit labelling as a ‘source of’ n...
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: While additional metabolisable protein (MP) supply per se improves the maintenance functions of worm-parasitised ewes, improving ewe immunity functions is dependent upon the...
Posted September 28th, 2012
Take Home Message: Boost freshly calved heifer confidence and welfare by mixing them with older cows before calving Heifer welfare can be improved by mixing them with older cows prior to calving and...
Posted August 3rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Offering a mixture of high water soluble carbohydrate forages to growing lambs reduces methane emissions per kg of live weight gain by up to 25% Water-soluble carbohydrate content...
Posted August 3rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Housing laying hens in aviaries compared to conventional cages improves their welfare with respect to dust-bathing behaviour Aviary hens showed a low motivation to dust-bathe...
Posted August 3rd, 2012
Take Home Message: Outdoor reared growing-finishing pigs are less susceptible to pre-slaughter stress, which has potential benefits for carcass and meat quality Alternative pig rearing systems do...

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