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New Issue of Healthy Animals Now Online / January 26, 2012 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service

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New Issue of Healthy Animals Now Online

By Sandra Avant
January 26, 2012

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals. This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.

Each quarter, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue examines some of the collaborative partnerships formed by ARS and international agencies to control destructive diseases that threaten the health of livestock in developing nations and other parts of the world.

Other research highlighted in this issue includes:

  • Scientists' discovery of genetic resistance to nematode parasites that infect sheep.
  • A widely popular variety of forage grass for livestock.
  • The potential of "biochar"—charred biomass created from wood, other plant material and manure—to improve soils.

Professionals interested in animal health issues might want to bookmark the site as a resource for locating animal health experts. An index lists ARS research locations covering 70 animal health topics. These range from specific diseases, such as Lyme disease, to broad subjects such as nutrition or parasites.

The site also provides complete contact information for the 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed at protecting and improving farm animal health.

To receive an e-mail alert about each issue's online posting, contact Sandra Avant, ARS Information Staff, or sign up online.

ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Last Modified: 1/26/2012