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New Issue of Healthy Animals Now Online / November 13, 2013 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service

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New Issue of Healthy Animals Now Online

By Sandra Avant
November 13, 2013

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

Twice a year, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue highlights research to help control and prevent bacterial diseases that affect cattle.

Other research highlighted in this issue includes:

  • Cattle producers can get some relief during drought conditions by weaning calves early.
  • Scientists evaluate lamb survival, growth, body composition, efficiency and carcass merit and value of four major sheep breeds.
  • A new system that monitors livestock feeding behavior may eventually help researchers identify sick animals.

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: 11/12/2013
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