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11Oct 19
Working With Your Vet

Working With Your Vet

“If someone brings you a dragon, a Martian or Bigfoot, you will be expected to provide care, protect public health and guard against any threat they may present to our food supply. My job is to give you the tools you need to figure it out.” So began my veterinary education … Veterinarians come with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, but we all share a similar core education. The concept of 'One Health' (see box) reminds veterinary students that…

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11Oct 19
Housing Benefits

Housing Benefits

The basic principles of youngstock housing are no different to those that apply to adult cows. Regardless of the age group or the type of housing, accommodation must provide for the animal’s needs in terms of shelter and comfort. Housing not only covers things like floor type and area, but also light intensity and air space.   Ireland example In the typical Irish dairy herd, calving is a very seasonal event with the vast majority of calves born during February…

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11Oct 19
Feeding Pigs

Feeding Pigs

Domesticated pigs descend from forest dwelling wild boar, which root and forage for food. Pigs are omnivorous and can eat a variety of food of both plant and animal origin. Based on these two facts, some farmers assume that when pigs are given the opportunity to forage they need little or no supplementary grain and protein feeds. Unfortunately, this assumption is wrong and, in some cases, has led to poor pig productivity—and even health and welfare problems. While alternative and…

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11Oct 19
Farmers United

Farmers United

With all the criticisms of farming around the world, it’s great to hear the National Farmers Union, the UK’s best-known farming body, promoting the potential role of farming in mitigating climate change, with a target to reduce UK farming’s GHG emissions to zero by 2040. But in the UK, many sustainable farmers have been doing all this—and much more—for years with very little recognition.   Public goods and services My husband and I farm 500 acres high on the hills…

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21Aug 19
Antibiotic Resistant Genes Now Found In GM Cattle

Antibiotic Resistant Genes Now Found in GM Cattle

News is breaking that FDA researchers have found (through a re-examination) that genetically modified (GM) cattle contained unnatural DNA, despite the developer’s claims to the contrary. Upon previous examination of the result of the gene-editing procedure in animals, researchers did not detect any unexpected alterations, such as insertions or deletions of DNA. But in a recently published paper, in a study of the DNA of two genetically dehorned calves, the FDA found that the calves’ genomes did contain unintended DNA alterations. The…

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