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New Issue of Healthy Animals Now Online

By Laura McGinnis
April 21, 2006

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 examines the development of a U.S. Veterinary Immune Reagent Network that could improve the characterization and treatment of many animal diseases.

Other research highlighted in this issue includes:

  • A new technique for mobilizing cattle's immune system response to mastitis.
  • Dangerous bacteria that can develop in protozoa within animals' digestive tracts.
  • A database that will help predict forage growth.
  • An improved vaccinator to more efficiently protect poultry from major diseases.

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 Laura McGinnis, ARS Information Staff (301-504-1654,, or sign up online at:


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