VT Chickens Help Hatch Evolutionary Discovery

Lizzy Schultz

The genetic lines of chickens raised at Virginia Tech University were a critical component in a remarkable research study which has proven that evolution happens 15 times faster than has been previously believed. The study was published recently in Biology Letters, a journal of Royal Society Publishing, and involved Virginia Tech researchers, as well as researchers from the University of …

Ag Group, Biotech, Chicken, Education, Genetics, International, Poultry, Research, University

K-State Research Fires Back at PEDv

Lizzy Schultz

Kansas State University researchers are jumping full force into studies of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus(PEDv), which is said to have a 100 percent mortality rate in piglets less than 7 days old, and is estimated to have killed 8 million pigs in 2014. While European farmers have been dealing with PEDv since the 1970s, the disease first exploded …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Cargill, Health, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Research, University

Low-Moisture Blocks Bring Cows Back to Range

Lizzy Schultz

A solution has arrived for cow and calf operations that struggle with range cows who refuse leave the comforts of an adjacent riparian area to graze on lower quality forage: research is showing that low-moisture block supplements, such as Ridley Block’s BioBarrel®, are incredible long term attractants, with greater success than range cakes, and are helping producers by allowing their …

Alltech, Beef, Cattle, Grazing, Nutrition, Ranches, Research, Supplements

Research Finds Algae Feed for Cattle Health Benefits

Joanna Schroeder

Research from Kansas State University has found that grass-fed cattle given a diet that includes algae-based feed or flaxseed rations produces ground beef that contains at least 200 mg per 5 ounce serving of omega-3s up from only 20-30 mg from just eating grass. The hope is that health-conscious consumers may be enticed to eat more beef if it was …

Agribusiness, Algae, Beef, Cattle, Feed, Research

USPOULTRY Approves Emergency Funding for HPAI Research

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has approved $550,000 in emergency funding to support further avian influenza research and communication. The projects are to be completed on a fast track over the next several months, and address some of the most critical questions and issues that arose from the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak this past spring. “Our …

Ag Group, Poultry, Research, US Poultry

Vetericyn Pinkeye Spray Requires No Withdrawal

Lizzy Schultz

Results from a study on Vetericyn Plus™ Pinkeye Spray recently completed by Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine shows a significant reduction in both pain scores and lesion size, and finds no need to require a withdrawal period from the product for lactating cows. The Auburn University study found that dairy calves treated with Vetericyn Plus™ Pinkeye Spray had an …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Biotech, Dairy, Research, Vetericyn, Veterinary, World Dairy Expo

Purina Launches Amplicalf Program

Lizzy Schultz

Purina Animal Nutrition has introduced the AMPLI-CALF® Program: a feeding program for calves proven by an eight year research study to increase first lactation milk production performance by as much as 2,740 pounds. The research, conducted at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center from April 2007 to October 2014, obtained data from 162,577 lactation observations and studied 650 animals. The data …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Calves, Dairy, Feed, Land O'Lakes, Nutrition, Research, Uncategorized, World Dairy Expo

Cornell Compares Milk Replacer vs. Ewe’s Milk

Kelly Marshall

New research from Cornell University might provide you with some insight for next year’s lambing season.  A study done by Ann DiPastina in conjunction with Dr. Debbie Cherney may help producers decide if milk replacer or ewe’s milk is the best decision. The study tackled two questions.  Does the composition of ewe’s milk change through lactation? And, are the growth …

Agribusiness, Land O'Lakes, Nutrition, Research, Sheep

DMI News Conference Dairy Research & McDonald’s

Jamie Johansen

Dairy Management Inc. hosted a news conference with CEO Tom Gallagher and Pennsylvania dairy farmer, DMI board member Harold Shaulis. Topic of discussion was dairy farmers’ longstanding commitment to dairy research that is making a difference in the marketplace. Dairy farmers’ investment and vision for National Dairy Council (NDC) has resulted in 100 years of investments in research, communications and …

Ag Group, Audio, Butter, Dairy, Dairy Management Inc., Research

USEF Declares Ban on Phenibut

Lizzy Schultz

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Program released a statement earlier this month on the decision to classify the substance Phenibut (β-phenyl gamma aminobutyric acid), as well as any equine supplement containing Phenibut, as a forbidden substance under USEF rules, effective immediately. Phenibut is considered a derivative of gamma aminobutyric acid(GABA), an amino acid used in …

Animal Health, Equine, Research, USEF, Veterinary