Animal health and production and animal products

Researchers Investigate Influence of Heat Stress on Pig Fetal Development

Researchers at Iowa State University are investigating how heat stress can influence a pig’s fetal development and postnatal life, including the ability to develop and grow. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2015 Annual Report.

Researchers are Working to Improve Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle

Animal science researchers at the University of Missouri are working to improve feed efficiency in beef cattle. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Supporting the Aquaculture Industry

A team of researchers from Washington State University and University of Idaho used a $325,000 grant from the NIFA-supported University of Washington-based Western Regional Aquaculture Center to investigate Coldwater Disease in salmon and trout.

What's Impacting the Manila Clam?

A research team from Washington’s Northwest Indian College and Oregon State University have determined that the clam population’s decline is caused by altered sulfur cycling and changes in the clam’s food supply.

Examining the Virulence of Salmonella

NIFA-funded researchers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) studied factors that affect antibiotic resistance and virulence of Salmonella during poultry processing.

The Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Program has Expanded to 50 Counties

The Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Program has expanded from three counties to 50, serving limited-resource, hard-to-reach, and socially disadvantaged areas through programs. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Decline in Wild Bees will Sting Agriculture

University of Vermont researchers created a national assessment to help focus both scientific and political efforts to understand and sustain wild bees. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Goats and Sheep vs. Barber Pole Worms

Researchers at Fort Valley State University, Georgia, created the Targeted Selective Treatment (TST), which reduces the use of synthetic drugs by up to 90 percent. TST saves farmers $150-$200 per 100 animals per year and identifies parasite-resistant breeding stock. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Why Worry about Salinity and Shrimp?

Researchers at the University of Guam are examining the genetics of shrimp and their water salinity tolerance. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Plants Provide New Antibiotic Treatment for Cattle

Eschewing antibiotics, University of Connecticut researchers discovered that two plant-derived antimicrobials reduced an important mastitis pathogen, demonstrating that novel mastitis treatments may be viable. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.