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 discusses ARS research on ways to reduce the spread of cattle viruses.
Research highlighted in this issue includes:
An ARS study that shows that cattle persistently infected with bovine viral diarrhea virus can actually decrease the profitability of surrounding cattle—even those that never develop clinical disease.
ARS studies showing that, under laboratory conditions, rangeland plants can harbor vesicular stomatitis virus and can pass the virus to grasshoppers feeding on them.
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.
ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.