‘Beagle Brigade’ sniffs out African Swine Fever and other animal health threats

Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Control

African Swine Fever (ASF) has been on the move this year.

Originally endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa, the virus has caused a heightened number of outbreaks in and around China this year, moving through several Eastern European countries and eventually hitting Western Europe for the first time.

Because […]

Surplus of commodities could mean dismal path ahead for many farmers

As farmers gear up for spring planting, those who sell crops on the commodities markets are preparing to lose money from low prices that are beyond their control. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. net farm income is expected to drop to $54.8 billion this year, the lowest since 2002 […]

Genomic study looks to improve feed efficiency in dairy cattle

With an average adult dairy cow weighing in at about 1,500 pounds, it’s no surprise it takes a lot of feed to keep them at a healthy weight. In Michigan alone, the home to about 400,000 dairy cows, it’s estimated to cost about $5 per day per cow to keep herds well-nourished and producing enough […]