Snow and rain affects Midwest agriculture into spring

Farms in the U.S. Midwest that are already struggling with the effects of monumental flooding have been hit with an early-spring storm this week that certainly isn’t helping matters.

“It’s a terrible, terrible track in terms of its impact on the areas that have already seen terrible flooding back in March,” meteorologist Michael Palmerino told […]

Biosecurity: World Pork Expo 2019 canceled due to African swine fever risks

World Pork Expo is, as you might guess from the name, the world’s largest conference for the pork industry. Each year, it’s visited by about 20,000 swine producers, pork processors, veterinarians, animal researchers, regulatory authorities, bacon lovers and other industry stakeholders. The event is an opportunity for attendees to learn, network and enjoy prestigious swine […]

Facial recognition technology might help monitor animal moods

It’s 2019 and science hasn’t even figured out how to talk to animals yet. What gives?

Fortunately, dedicated and resourceful researchers around the world have greatly improved our understanding of animal behavior, to the point where we can often figure out what our pets and livestock are expressing, even if they can’t talk to us.

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Nebraska and Iowa flood damage could mean nearly $1 billion hit to agriculture

Photo courtesy U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency

The U.S. state of Nebraska is one of the country’s biggest agricultural areas. It’s most famous for its beef cattle and corn, but farmers there work hard every year in the production of swine, eggs, dairy, wheat, soybeans and more. Each of these industries has been hit […]

African swine fever update: one million pounds of pork seized; vaccine research takes step forward

With the ongoing Asian and Eastern European outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF), a disease that is not known to harm humans but is deadly to pigs, countries not already touched by ASF virus have one goal: keep it out.

U.S. Custom and Border Protection officials may have prevented possible introduction of the virus to […]

How disease ‘contact chains’ link farms near and far

It’s good to be connected to others in this world, but some networks are less than desirable — like disease networks.

Unwittingly introducing new diseases to a herd or flock is one of the biggest challenges in adding new animals. For this reason, farmers and ranchers employ biosecurity protocols and can quarantine the new animal […]

Scientists sequence the genome of Lil Bub, celebrity cat

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With a couple of extra toes, a case of dwarfism, no teeth and a tongue that perpetually hangs out of her mouth, Lil Bub is one of the Internet’s most beloved animals. She (and her owner) have spent years as advocates for animal shelters, inspiring tens […]

‘Defending the flock’ from Newcastle and other diseases starts with proper disinfection

An updated campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture aims to limit the spread of poultry disease, which has producers paying attention after recent outbreaks of Newcastle disease in both commercial and backyard flocks alike.

The campaign, “Defend the Flock,” was first launched in 2016 by the department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service […]

Scottish swine industry aims to eliminate PRRS

What’s the best way to fight porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)? Well, tough biosecurity controls are always essential, but Scotland has set forth towards an ambitious goal: eradicate it.

Since 1992, when PRRS was first discovered in Scotland, the disease has gone on to affect 40% of the nation’s swine herds. The Press and […]

‘Dating app for cows’ helps farmers match cattle

The latest matchmaking app to hit smartphones is like many others: swipe one way for a match, swipe another to reject. The only problem is that it’s a little hard for the targets being matched to swipe with their hooves.

Tudder is an app that allows farmers to swipe through pictures of cattle that might […]