‘Ig Nobel’ prize winners prove why flies prefer dark-coated animals

A group of prize-winning researchers are at it again with a new study. Though they aren’t Nobel Prize winners, they’re kind of close: winners of the Ig Nobel Prize.

While the Nobel Prize is bestowed upon people whose scientific advances benefit the world, the intent of the Ig Nobel Prize is a little more modest. […]

The heat-resistant ‘cow of the future’

Photo by Raluca Mateescu

Time for some cow math. Angus + Brahman = Brangus.

Angus cattle, originally from Scotland, are one of the most popular breeds for beef in the world. With black or red coloring and natural lack of horns, the breed is used for crossbreeding to introduce positive traits in cows. Angus […]

Beat the heat: Avoiding heat stress in livestock

Like it or not, in most of the northern hemisphere, temperatures are slowly creeping up as summertime makes its grand entrance. During this season, hot and humid weather can be dangerous for both humans and animals, especially livestock, who don’t usually have the luxury of stepping into a refreshing, air conditioned building.

What is heat […]

The meaning behind the moo

It’s no secret that farmers and ranchers have a powerful connection with their animals — it seems as though they can almost understand them. This is the case for cattle in particular and why some researchers today are digging deeper into discovering exactly what cows are saying — and how they communicate through their moos.

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India’s answer to climate change: Cows that belch less

India is home to more than 280 million cows and 200 million more ruminant animals like sheep, goats, yaks and buffalo. According to analysis of satellite data, all those digestive tracts send about 13 million tons of methane into the atmosphere every year — one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases linked to climate change.

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Monday links

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Food Safety

USDA offers advice for holiday food safety – FOX While Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday season is just gearing up. The USDA is encouraging people to keep their holiday season […]

Tuesday links

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Agriculture

Synergies between China & U.S. agriculture – Caixin Online There are many opportunities for a deepening of the supply chain from America’s fields, oceans […]

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Animal Science

Vesicular stomatitis appearing in western states – Drovers Cattle Network Veterinarians and producers in western states should be on the lookout for signs of vesicular stomatitis (VS), which has been […]

Genetically engineered cattle + human DNA = Ebola cure?

A herd of 50 cloned, genetically engineered cattle on a farm just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, may hold the key to producing a vaccine against the Ebola virus, which has infected more than 21,000 people in West Africa, killing more than 8,500 of them and causing hysteria worldwide.

According to a recent article, this […]

Monday links

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Food Safety

FDA Says BPA-Lined Containers Are Safe, But New Study Raises Concerns – Food Safety News A new Korean soy milk study, involving taking the blood pressure of a relatively […]