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 […]

Summer heat safety for cattle caretakers

Hot summer temperatures arrived quite suddenly in much of the Northern Hemisphere this year, catching many off guard. Both humans and animals are just now getting used to the back-and-forth between enjoying the warmth of sunbathing, and desperately trying to keep cool.

What are the signs that cattle are feeling the heat in a bad […]

Cutting down on swine flu and bird flu at county fairs

The county fair is a good place to go to share agricultural achievements, show off animals, and maybe indulge in some kettle corn or a ride on the Ferris wheel. It’s not a place where anyone — human or animal —goes with a plan to get sick.

That said, sicknesses do happen. County fairs in […]

Justify favored to win third leg of the Triple Crown

Before American Pharoah won all three races in the Triple Crown series in 2015, it had been nearly 40 years since another horse had earned the distinction. Now, only three years after American Pharoah’s victories, another horse is favored to earn the crown this weekend.

The Triple Crown is a series of three races for […]

Elation: Angus bull auctioned off for record-breaking $800,000

Earlier this year a world record was shattered when Elation, an Angus bull, was sold at a public auction for the enormous sum of $800,000 USD.

The bull, who was 14 months old at the time, was purchased by U.S. ranchers Brian Bell and David Bogle, who share ownership rights with original owners, Schaff Angus […]

What’s genomic testing, and what does it have to do with beef?

Beef is huge. It’s a huge part of our diets, sure, but also of our global economy. Around the world, an estimated 57 million tons of beef are produced each year. A recent report issued by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association shows that there are more than 700,000 beef cattle ranches in the U.S. alone.

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