Science: Both horses and dogs understand our facial expressions

We humans can be pretty good at bonding with animals. Horses and dogs in particular are two of the species we have formed the closest ties with — we work with them, we play with them, we live with them.

Why is that? Well, science shows us that dogs and horses, unlike many other species, […]

Genomics vs genetics: What’s the difference, and what do they mean for agriculture?

Genomics is an increasingly popular technology used in the agricultural field, but still many don’t quite understand what it is. A common misconception is that genomics is essentially the same as gene editing, but this isn’t quite true. Here we’ll take a look at what these two sciences really are.

Genomics

Genomics is, unsurprisingly, the […]

Scientists unearth earliest evidence of ancient equine vet care

Photo by John Stampfl

Being an equine vet is a tough job. It takes years of schooling and experience to get there, and a whole lot of expert knowledge to master the role. Now, new archaeological evidence has shown that although our ancient ancestors had fewer drug and disease names to learn, they still […]

Equine botulism leads to two deaths in Nova Scotia

Equine botulism is the cause behind two deaths at an animal rescue in Nova Scotia, Canada this month, with a third horse having been diagnosed, reports CBC.

Like many cases of equine botulism, the horses affected most likely became ill after eating hay that had been contaminated with the toxin-producing bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria […]

Science: Seaweed cuts cow methane emissions by over 30%

One way that scientists have been trying to fight climate change is by finding ways to limit methane gas emissions in cattle — in other words, by making cows burp less. Making a totally belch-less bovine is impossible, but dietary changes can limit the gas emitted.

Seaweed and algae have long been proposed as ingredients […]

Are we really on the brink of a dog flu pandemic?

If you’re a dog owner (or even if you’re not), you may have been alarmed by some recent headlines going around: Dogs have been identified as a potential cause for the spread of the flu — on a pandemic level.

What does this mean, though? Is there a new type of dog flu we should […]

For the first time, gene-edited pigs successfully resist costly virus

Last year, the University of Edinburgh announced that a team of its researchers had used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that were potentially resistant to a viral infection that costs the swine industry billions of dollars each year.

Now, those pigs have been put to the test. The team recently exposed the gene-edited pigs […]

Future bright for genetic progress in beef industry

As beef industry leaders got a glimpse of the future of genetic improvement in cattle, what they saw was more opportunity on the horizon.

Several speakers outlined emerging technology that will speed beef improvement during the Neogen International Genomics Symposium at the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual conference.

Dr. Mitch Abrahamsen, executive vice president […]

Santa Gertrudis Breeders International and Neogen launch new heifer DNA test

Commercial cattle producers using Santa Gertrudis genetics have a new DNA test to help them select their best replacement heifers with the launch of Igenity® Santa Gertrudis.

The new DNA test was built for the breed by Santa Gertrudis Breeders International (SGBI) and Neogen.

“We are very pleased to bring Igenity Santa Gertrudis to the […]

How insect control helps livestock producers

Ticks and mosquitoes are typical warm-weather nuisances for the average person, but livestock producers and other animal caretakers have a whole other host of insect pests to worry about. Don’t even get us started on the variety of flies alone there are: stable flies, horn flies, house flies, horse flies, deer flies, face flies, not […]