Cancer-causing virus strikes genetically vulnerable horses

by Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Sarcoid skin tumors are the most common form of cancer in horses, but little is known about why the papillomavirus behind them strikes some horses and not others. A new study by an international research group led by scientists at the Baker Institute for Animal Health at...

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UF/IFAS program helps small cow-calf producers get ahead

Jun 02, 16 UF/IFAS program helps small cow-calf producers get ahead

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is showing small cow-calf producers how using the latest reproductive research leads to larger profits. The UF/IFAS Florida Heifer Development Program was developed by Kalyn Waters,...

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Farming Group Launches Major Campaign on Benefits of Livestock, Poultry

May 02, 16 Farming Group Launches Major Campaign on Benefits of Livestock, Poultry

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by: ThePoultrySite News Desk Farming organisation Copa & Cogeca launched a major campaign in Brussels today to underline the multiple benefits of the EU livestock and meat sector for growth, jobs, vibrant rural areas, a balanced diet and to show the high production standards EU farmers meet. Speaking at the event, Copa President...

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UF/IFAS to host 65th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course on May 4-6

By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu Who:    The University of Florida IFAS department of animal sciences will host the 65th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course. What:    Both small and large beef producers are invited to hear experts discuss hot topics and current research related to the beef industry....

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Mexico’s Ban on Arkansas Poultry Products Lifted

May 02, 16 Mexico’s Ban on Arkansas Poultry Products Lifted

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by: ThePoultrySite News Desk US – Mexico has lifted its ban on poultry from the US state of Arkansas, which was imposed during the spring 2015 highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks. The outbreak involved was when a turkey in Boone County tested positive for the disease in March 2015. According to Senator John Boozman,...

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New device gives healing horses a lift

May 02, 16 New device gives healing horses a lift

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by University of Saskatchewan.  Researchers and engineers in Saskatchewan hope a robotic lift system will help to improve the odds for horses recovering from limb fractures and other traumatic injuries. “I think it will give a lot of horses a chance that before, didn’t have a chance,” said team leader Dr. Julia Montgomery, a...

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Senators Pressure Negotiators on Needs of US Dairy in EU Trade Agreement

May 02, 16 Senators Pressure Negotiators on Needs of US Dairy in EU Trade Agreement

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by: TheCattleSite News Desk The dairy industry has praised a bipartisan group of 26 senators for urging US negotiators to address the needs of agriculture – including key dairy issues – in any free trade agreement with the European Union. In a letter to US Trade Representative Michael Froman, the senators noted that the United...

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Canola Beats Soybean as Protein Source for Dairy Cattle

Mar 31, 16 Canola Beats Soybean as Protein Source for Dairy Cattle

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By Dennis O’Brien Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Wisconsin are helping dairy farmers weigh the merits of protein supplements available for their cattle. When it comes to protein supplements, dairy producers have two options: soybean meal and canola meal. Canola meal is a relatively new option—production...

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Livestock Diversity: Storing Genes for the Future

Mar 31, 16 Livestock Diversity: Storing Genes for the Future

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By Kim Kaplan The National Animal Germplasm Collection, part of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), is ensuring that our livestock genetic diversity doesn’t disappear. The mission is to build a germplasm collection as diverse as our present livestock populations as insurance against disasters like the foot-and-mouth disease...

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Long-Term Dairy Prospects Remain Strong, Report Says

Feb 01, 16 Long-Term Dairy Prospects Remain Strong, Report Says

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By: TheCattleSite News Desk The report says demand will grow, but with less strength than the past decade, and with increased international competition, especially from the European Union. Even with those challenges, US dairy exporters are positioned to compete for increased export volumes and global market share in key product...

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Community meeting in Indian Harbour Beach on coyotes set for Feb. 11

Feb 01, 16 Community meeting in Indian Harbour Beach on coyotes set for Feb. 11

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Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-620-7335 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) met with officials from the city of Indian Harbour Beach and Satellite Beach to discuss partnering on an upcoming public meeting on coyotes. At that meeting, biologists will give a presentation and will be available to address...

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Pigs that are resistant to incurable disease developed

Jan 05, 16 Pigs that are resistant to incurable disease developed

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 by University of Missouri-Columbia. Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1987. Pigs who contract the disease have extreme difficulty reproducing, don’t gain weight and have a high mortality rate. To date, no vaccine has been effective, and the disease costs North American...

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Keep pets and livestock from becoming prey to wildlife

Jan 05, 16 Keep pets and livestock from becoming prey to wildlife

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Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 If you are like most Americans, your pet is a beloved member of the family.  Having your pet injured or killed by a wild animal can be a tragic and traumatic event. Reports of negative interactions with Florida wildlife are on the rise, prompting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...

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Equine-assisted psychotherapy researcher working with military veterans

Jan 05, 16 Equine-assisted psychotherapy researcher working with military veterans

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by New Mexico State University (NMSU).  Equine-assisted psychotherapy is known to help people address mental and behavioral health issues, but there remains little evidence-based research to prove it. New Mexico State University School of Social Work Associate Professor Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome is dedicating her academic career to...

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Avian influenza outbreak is concern for poultry industry, not general public, UGA poultry expert says

By Brian Jordan Since Dec. 8, 2014, the United States has been dealing with an ongoing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5. Wild waterfowl, migrating south from Canada along the Pacific Flyway, brought the virus to the U.S. While the HPAI H5 virus has caused some severe devastation for the U.S. commercial poultry...

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Giant miscanthus grass an alternative for bedding in poultry houses

Dec 01, 15 Giant miscanthus grass an alternative for bedding in poultry houses

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By Clint Thompson The growing poultry industry in Georgia has farmers searching for alternative bedding options for their birds. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension poultry scientist Claudia Dunkley recommends that growers use giant miscanthus grass as bedding in their poultry houses. The need to find a substitute for...

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New UF/IFAS Extension publication can help owners protect horses from creeping indigo

Nov 03, 15 New UF/IFAS Extension publication can help owners protect horses from creeping indigo

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Writer: Tom Nordlie, 352-273-3567, tnordlie@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Recent news accounts of horses falling ill or dying after consuming the weed creeping indigo have raised concerns among horse owners. So, University of Florida experts have released a new publication to educate the public and help prevent future...

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Milk to Move Faster if US Transport Bill Goes Through

Nov 03, 15 Milk to Move Faster if US Transport Bill Goes Through

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TheCattleSite News Desk The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved an amendment to a transportation bill, which will be presented to the House later in the year. The amendment allows states to issue permits allowing milk haulers to increase their truck weights beyond Interstate Highway System limits, aiming to...

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Tips for Pasture Improvement

Nov 03, 15 Tips for Pasture Improvement

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TheCattleSite News Desk “Not only does mowing keep pastures looking nice, it also helps remove weeds,” Mr Penrose said. “And if you mow the weeds in your pastures early in the season, it also results in another significant benefit – it removes seed heads from the grass, which encourages new growth.” He explained that...

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Backyard chicken owners should protect their flocks from avian influenza

By Josh Fuder Avian influenza is not a problem in Georgia, yet. Commercial chicken producers are prepared to fight the virus that kills birds, and backyard chicken flock owners should prepare, too. While the commercial poultry industry in Georgia has the greatest risk in terms of potential for loss, it also has multiple safeguards...

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