Animal health and production and animal products

Making Big Data Work Better on the Farm

A multidisciplinary team of University of Wisconsin (UW) scientists led by Victor Cabrera has set out to create a “virtual dairy farm brain” that will collect and integrate all of a farm’s data streams in real time and then use artificial intelligence to analyze those data to help farmers run their businesses.

CRISPR Mushrooms Coming Soon

Plant pathologist Yinong Yang at Penn State University used the versatile gene-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9 to design a button mushroom that resists browning and may have a longer shelf life.

Smaller Cattle for a Dry Landscape

Ranchers running beef cattle on dry and dusty landscapes should consider smaller cows to get the best out of their herd.

Waste Not, Want Not

Researchers at West Virginia State University (WVU) are investigating how to use anaerobic digestion to treat and use organic wastes from animal farms, agriculture and industry.

Chew on This: Ruminant Research Makes for Healthier Cows and Sheep

Researchers at the University of Alaska and other land-grant institutions are investigating the factors that improve fertility among cattle and sheep.

Multiple Sclerosis and the Flu

Researchers from the University of Illinois (U of I) shed light on what may be happening in the brains of MS patients during upper respiratory infections.

Fresh Salmon and Eggs

A study by the University of Maine has found that two hormones may play significant roles in achieving an 80 percent embryo survival rate.

Calories and Cattle

Scientists have long been interested in finding the genetic basis for feed efficiency, with the aim of breeding more efficient animals. But the first step – accurately measuring how much cattle eat across different life stages and diet types – has been a missing piece. That may be changing due to research funded by NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

Combating Clam Decline

In recent decades, there has been a steady decline of the Manila clam on the tidal flats of the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, Washington.

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