UF researchers to use $2.7 million grant to help stop influenza

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers will use a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study whether they can harness an unusual type of immune cell in pigs to treat and prevent influenza viruses in animals and humans. Although “natural killer T” –...

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Two-day grazing school tackles fencing and soil health in detail

Sep 01, 17 Two-day grazing school tackles fencing and soil health in detail

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By Dennis Hancock A two-day Advanced Grazing School, hosted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists Sept. 19-20, will provide a deeper understanding of grazing systems to those in attendance. The first day will focus on low-cost fencing and portable watering systems. On the second day of the program, specialists...

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New Vaccine Fights Multiple Salmonella Types

Sep 01, 17 New Vaccine Fights Multiple Salmonella Types

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By Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications. Some types of Salmonella cause disease in food animals. Other types cause foodborne disease in humans. A new vaccine developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Ames, Iowa, protects pigs against both types of Salmonella. Several Salmonella vaccines are currently...

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Waste not, want not: Byproduct of ethanol industry makes suitable cattle feed supplement

by American Society of Agronomy.  Making a living raising cattle isn’t as simple as just buying a herd and turning it out to pasture. Cattle require specific diets to maintain proper nutrition and weight gain. And how to do this in the most effective and efficient way possible has interested both ranchers and researchers for...

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Livestock shows, 4-H competitions breed strength and tenacity in youth

Jul 03, 17 Livestock shows, 4-H competitions breed strength and tenacity in youth

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By Laura Griffeth As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension county coordinator, I am surrounded by some of the most amazing and fantastic young people, some of whom I’m related to and some I just have the pleasure of working with. Let me explain. I am passionate about youth livestock projects. I think youth livestock...

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UF scientists work to develop heat-resistant “cow of the future”

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are working to breed the “cow of the future” by studying the more heat-tolerant Brangus cow — a cross between an Angus and a Brahman. Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor in the UF/IFAS department of animal sciences, is part...

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Pig Pens: A Look at Mirrors and Mat

By Sandra Avant Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are looking for ways to improve housing for farm animals, including pigs. Enhancing the animals’ environment can help reduce stress, which in turn can improve growth and efficiency and decrease disease susceptibility. According to the World Organization for Animal...

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UF researchers try to make sure dairy farmers produce the best

Jul 03, 17 UF researchers try to make sure dairy farmers produce the best

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Farmers and University of Florida researchers use genetics and other techniques to ensure consumers can pick from the best assortment of delicious, nutritious dairy products at the grocery store. Now that we’re in National Dairy Month, it’s a good time to...

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Fall calving season may yield higher returns for southeastern beef producers

By: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season,...

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UF project to select the best Brahman genes

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With help from cattle producers through the Florida Cattle Enhancement Fund, UF/IFAS researchers hope to develop Brahman cattle that can tolerate heat better, produce more tender meat and improve their fertility. University of Florida Institute of Food and...

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Maximizing Profits with Poultry Litter

For more information contact Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. A Mississippi-based Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has learned that using poultry litter as fertilizer can help cotton growers in the Southeast maximize profits. Poultry litter (chicken manure, spilled feed, excess feathers, and other...

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Keep backyard chicken flocks safe

By Sharon Dowdy Avian influenza was detected on March 3, 2017, in a commercial chicken flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee, less than 100 miles from the Georgia state line. Tests revealed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI). The farm was quarantined and the birds were depopulated. Avian influenza has not been...

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Analyzing Disease Mutations Using Online Cattle Genomes

By Sandra Avant Thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists, a genomic database of U.S. beef cattle is now available online. The complete genomes of 96 bulls representing different U.S. cattle breeds were sequenced by researchers at the Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC)...

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Farmers may see little effect as FDA implements ban on antibiotics in non-therapeutic animal feed

Mar 01, 17 Farmers may see little effect as FDA implements ban on antibiotics in non-therapeutic animal feed

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By Merritt Melancon The market demand for organic chicken, beef and pork has been on the rise for several years, so most farmers were prepared for the new restrictions on antibiotics in animal feed that went into effect on Jan. 1. The Food and Drug Administration rule change – the veterinary feed directive – prohibits farmers...

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Mobile System Removes Phosphorus From Manure

By Jan Suszkiw A mobile system for removing phosphorus from cow manure may offer dairy farmers greater flexibility in where, when, and how they use the nutrient to fertilize crops. Manure can be spread onto crop fields as a source of phosphorus, nitrogen, and other nutrients important to plant growth. But applying too much manure...

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Milk Prices Poised for Modest Improvement

Jan 02, 17 Milk Prices Poised for Modest Improvement

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by:TheCattleSite News Desk US – After a few years of significant challenge, the outlook for US milk producers is beginning to improve, according to a new report from CoBank. Despite projected supply increases, milk prices are poised for modest improvement in the years ahead thanks to new export opportunities and gains in...

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Wild horse overpopulation is causing environmental damage

Jan 02, 17 Wild horse overpopulation is causing environmental damage

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by University of California – Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Most Americans envision healthy mustangs galloping free on the range when they think about the country’s wild horse population. But UC Cooperative Extension rangeland advisor Laura Snell sees another image. In conducting research on the...

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Eating dairy cheese may protect against sodium-related health risks

by Marjorie S. by Penn State Consuming dairy cheese instead of other sodium-laden foods may actually protect against some of sodium’s effects on the cardiovascular system, such as high blood pressure, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers say the protection comes from antioxidant properties of dairy proteins in...

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Screwworm life cycle and habits contribute to insect’s threat, UF experts say

Nov 01, 16 Screwworm life cycle and habits contribute to insect’s threat, UF experts say

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Writer: Tom Nordlie, 352-273-3567, tnordlie@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida residents curious or skeptical about the threat posed by the parasitic screwworm fly Cochliomiya hominivorax can rest assured the insect merits all the attention it has received after an outbreak was detected in the Florida Keys earlier this month, say...

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UF/IFAS Extension offers ‘hands on, holistic’ approach to science of cattle reproduction

Nov 01, 16 UF/IFAS Extension offers ‘hands on, holistic’ approach to science of cattle reproduction

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu The goal of any cow-calf operation is fairly straightforward: produce more cattle more efficiently. However, the science of animal reproduction — which includes nutrition, genetics and other health indicators — can be a little less clear-cut. To help those in the cattle...

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