New research weighs environmental pros and cons of livestock grazing

As our world grows a little more crowded by the minute, cattle producers are faced with new pressures regarding sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. The beef industry especially is looking for ways to produce more protein with less land, and with fewer damaging effects on the environment. Now, new research examines how different livestock feeding […]

Water troughs identified as E. coli sites on cattle farms

In any facility where animals are raised, especially for food production, a considerable amount of effort goes into completing one of many goals: preventing E. coli from getting anywhere it’s not supposed to be.

To a certain degree, E. coli is inevitable; it naturally exists harmlessly in the intestines of people and animals. The problem […]

Botulism suspected in deaths of four horses

Early last month, four horses became sick and died in Kittitas Valley, a scenic region of the U.S. state of Washington. Equine botulism is the suspect in all four deaths.

The horses, which came from the same farm, began experiencing symptoms — including weakness, difficulty swallowing and tongue paralysis — around the same time. Two […]

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Backyard chickens need more regulation — University of California – Davis A growing number of chickens today are raised in backyards. Many people prefer to raise their own food because they […]

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Surprising new study redraws family tree of domesticated and ‘wild’ horses — University of Kansas There are no such things as wild horses anymore, researchers are saying after publishing a study that says the last […]

Foot-and-mouth disease a worldwide concern for livestock producers

Photo by Raluca Mateescu

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD): it’s a serious concern in many parts of the world, and can spread rapidly through a herd of livestock, resulting in huge economic losses for producers.

In some areas, like much of North and Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and parts of Europe, FMD hasn’t been […]

Against all odds, roping horse survives botulism, resumes competing

John the horse, courtesy of UC Davis

Equine botulism isn’t commonly associated with happily-ever-afters. That said, one roping horse slated to appear in the World Series of Team Roping before he contracted botulism has made a comeback thanks to treatment from the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital.

John is an 11-year-old American Quarter […]

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Animal Science:

The genius who solved the porcine ileitis puzzle — Pig Progress Renowned veterinary researcher Dr. Gordon Lawson passed away early this year. In remembrance of him, Pig Progress takes a look at Lawson’s contributions to […]

How food poisoning affects your pet

In recent weeks, dog food products from at least four pet food companies been recalled due to fears that the products might contain the food poisoning pathogen Salmonella.

These recalls, issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), come after several reports of pets and children becoming sick. Six cases were reported, including a […]

Brown Swiss Assoc. to offer Neogen genomic services

Neogen Corporation announced today that it is partnering with the Brown Swiss Association to offer its members advanced genomic services to improve herd performance and profitability.

With the agreement, Neogen will offer association members its Igenity® Dairy Heifer Program and SeekSire™ parentage product lines. Neogen’s Igenity products include its popular Igenity Select and Igenity Prime […]