Animal health and production and animal products

Hot Cities Spell Bad News for Bees

As urban temperatures increase, common wild bee species decline, according to a new study from North Carolina State University. This study was funded by NIFA's Agriculture Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

Impacts of Stress on Animal Welfare and Performance

Environmental and management conditions can stress livestock and impair their health.

South Dakota and Livestock

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension provides training two or three times a year for federal and state water pollution and control programs. The training sessions include topics on livestock production, manure management, and land application practices.

Sweet Corn May Improve Animal Vaccines

Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana discovered another possible adjuvant in teeny, tiny nanoparticles derived from a variety of sweet corn. They found that the new adjuvant stimulates the immune response and has a much briefer period of inflammation that eventually disappears. NIFA supports the research through the Hatch Act.

New Hampshire's Bees

The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station recently completed a study of the state’s local bee population and discovered more than 100 bee species, including 20 that were previously undocumented in the state.

The Link Between Pig Production and Quality

With NIFA funding, researchers at North Carolina A&T State University examined how different production systems affect the growth rate and meat quality of different breeds of pigs, including pure Berkshire pigs Hereford, Tamworth, and crossbred pigs.

Too Many Antibiotics May Pose Harm for Bees and Humans

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin discovered that honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment compared with a group of untreated bees, a finding that may have health implications for bees and people alike.

Swine Vaccine May Benefit Humans

Scientists at the University of Minnesota have discovered a swine vaccine.

Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Reveals New Insights

University of Connecticut (UConn) scientist Steven Szczepanek, in collaboration with researchers from Plum Island Animal Disease Center, worked on a universal vaccine that may cover various types of the virus.

Detecting Mortality in Birds Following Release

Researchers at the University of Maine are researching the fundamental assumption of avian survival analysis; that the act of capture, handling, and marking birds does not affect subsequent survival.