Blog: Livestock

This is the first report that disbudding wounds may remain sensitive for at least 75 h after the procedure. These results also indicate that both disbudding and injection of LA can suppress play behavior in the short-term and that the need for longer...
Erin M Mintline, University of California, Davis et al in Applied Animal Behaviour Science~Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 - 06:35    
The objective of this research was to carry out a carbon footprint analysis of three distinct pasture-based beef production systems on the North Wyke Farm Platform (NWFP) in Devon, UK (Figure 1). The systems studied were: 1. [Green system] permanent...
Graham A. McAuliffe, Taro Takahashi, Mark Eisler, Paul Harris, Robert Orr and Michael R. F. Lee, Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP)~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 09:58    
The suckler herd – an important segment of the EU livestock sector – is a key player, not only because it provides more than one third of the beef consumed in the EU, but also for its strategic role in very specific EU areas, – main...
Farm Europe~Thursday, 23 March, 2017 - 11:26    
The European badger (Meles meles) is of considerable interest in the UK as it is both a protected species and the main wildlife reservoir for bovine tuberculosis infection in cattle. While there have been three national badger surveys in the 1980s, 1...
Scientific Reports~Tuesday, 21 March, 2017 - 14:12    
This study compared continuous grazing (CG) to an innovative rotational grazing system (the biodiversity-friendly rotation – BR), where a subplot was excluded from grazing for two months during the main flowering period. The effects of grazing...
Science Direct~Monday, 20 March, 2017 - 08:02    
New work from a joint team of plant biologists and ecologists from Carnegie and Stanford University has uncovered the factor behind an important innovation that makes grasses -- both the kind that make up native prairies and the kind we've domesticat...
Science Daily~Friday, 17 March, 2017 - 15:12    
Livestock producers across the country are being urged to submit lambs with suspected Schmallenberg virus (SBV) for post-mortem examination as the number of confirmed cases continues to grow. Lambing flocks across the country have experienced higher...
NFU~Thursday, 16 March, 2017 - 17:17    
Condition scoring your horse is an objective assessment of his current body condition, essentially scoring fat cover. The level of fat cover is assessed using a numeric grading system. There are a number of factors that can affect the condition score...
The British Horse Society~Tuesday, 14 March, 2017 - 10:09    
A structured, farm specific management plan can successfully improve lamb survival.  Lamb size is one of the largest risk factors for reduced lamb survival. Lambs born too small have a reduced ability to stay warm and suckle, yet those born to...
Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Saturday, 11 March, 2017 - 07:30    
Farmers could significantly boost grass yields and quality by making better use of soil and manure analysis, according to experts speaking at the Grassland & Muck Event. Around 40-45% of UK grassland is deficient in potash, and more than half has...
Grassland & Muck Event~Thursday, 9 March, 2017 - 15:21    
AHDB Dairy have produced a series of information sheets and associated short films to provide ideas on how to optimise calf performance. Raising heifer calves is the second largest annual expense of a dairy business’s production costs, after fe...
AHDB Dairy~Tuesday, 7 March, 2017 - 08:58    
Strangles is a commonly diagnosed infectious disease that affects all equidae worldwide. Caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi (S.equi), this disease is highly contagious and is spread by direct or indirect contact. It can affect any age, sex or...
British Horse Society~Thursday, 2 March, 2017 - 09:46    
Cattle rustling is a huge and very expensive international problem that has actually been on the rise over the past decade. Now, a team of Australian and New Zealand scientists are hoping to put a dent in these crimes with a new theft-prevention syst...
Modern Farmer~Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 12:56    
The effect of alternative bedding materials on sheep behaviour and welfare Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University   Bedding is important for keeping animals clean and dry but also for environmental enrichment in housed sheep systems to...
Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 13:12    
A new reactive vaccination strategy for future foot-and-mouth disease epidemics shows that significant cost savings can be achieved by accurately identifying our capacity to vaccinate. During the early stages of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, c...
ScienceDaily~Monday, 20 February, 2017 - 10:59    
City & Guilds has updated its Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines Certificate of Competence to reflect the growing awareness around the UK livestock sector of the need to respond to the antibiotic challenge. This qualification, which is open to anyb...
City & Guilds via National Pig Association~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 11:09    
Key messages  Seek specialist, professional advice at an early stage of pad design.  A gently sloping, southfacing site is ideal, away from public view, with easy access to off-pad yard area or grass paddocks.  Only 5-10% of the nitro...
AHDB~Wednesday, 8 February, 2017 - 10:17    
Dr Liz Genever, AHDB Beef & Lamb senior livestock scientist, is calling on English sheep producers to take part in a new initiative that aims to understand the consequences of the rearing phase on the lifetime performance of ewes. Here she blogs...
Liz Genever, AHDB Beef and Lamb~Thursday, 2 February, 2017 - 08:52    
Can increasing plant species richness in grassland maintain yield and improve soil carbon storage? Dr William Stiles: IBERS, Aberystwyth University. Take home messages: Increasing grassland plant species richness can increase farmland biodiversit...
Dr William Stiles: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Tuesday, 31 January, 2017 - 15:32    
Researchers at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) have been working with the Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland (Teagasc) to develop a new way of identifying how differe...
IBERS, University of Aberystwyth~Monday, 23 January, 2017 - 16:05