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Healthy Animals logo: Link to new issue


New Issue of Healthy Animals Now Online

By Jim Core
May 10, 2004

The Agricultural Research Service today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals at:


This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural animals and fish.

Each quarter, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue looks at the National Agricultural Library's Animal Welfare Information Center, which was created in 1986 as a result of Congressional amendments to the 1985 Animal Welfare Act. The NAL website contains links to the latest government publications concerning farm and lab animals, as well as zoo and circus wildlife.

Other research highlighted in this issue includes:

  • A test to detect brucellosis-causing bacteria in goat milk.
  • A capsule containing a temperature sensor and transmitter that, when swallowed, measures and sends cow body temperature readings.
  • New swine influenza viruses created by researchers studying the viruses' components in order to develop new vaccines.
  • A commercially available device called the "4-Poster" that helps control ticks on deer.
  • Patented selection techniques to find "good" bacteria that help protect live chickens.

Professionals interested in animal health issues may want to bookmark the site as a resource for locating animal health experts. An index lists ARS research locations covering approximately 70 animal health topics. These range from specific diseases, such as Lyme disease, to broad subjects like nutrition or parasites. The site also provides complete contact information for the more than 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed at protecting and improving farm animal health.

To receive an e-mail alert about each future issue's posting online, contact Jim Core, ARS Information Staff, telephone 301-504-1619,, or sign up online at:


ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.

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