Animal health and production and animal products

Education Investments Pay Off in Mississippi

Mississippi State University Extension specialists created the Mississippi Master Cattle Producer Program to help producers improve overall management and decision-making skills. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Adapting Chicken Production to Climate Change through Breeding

Researchers at the University of Delaware studied chickens from around the world and mapped genetic markers that may improve heat tolerance. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 NIFA Annual Report.

Genome-Wide Association Identifies Alpine Goats with High Milk Production

Researchers at Langston University, Oklahoma are using genome-wide association to identify Alpine goats that produce the most milk. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 NIFA Annual Report.

Does Slick Hair Beat the Heat?

Researchers at University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez studied a union of the two types, the Puerto Rican Holstein, which features a short, slick coat of hair. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

Preventing the Spread of Cattle Fever

Northern Arizona University researchers, in collaboration with Mexican scientists, are using tick collections to determine the genetic sources of tick populations in Texas, and to genotype populations resistant to pesticides. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

New Vaccine Could be Huge Catch for Catfish Industry

Columnaris is a fatal disease that attacks fish through the mucous membrane covering their skin and gills. At Auburn University, researchers have produced a vaccine that can immunize catfish against columnaris in a laboratory and are now testing it in the field. NIFA supports the research through Aquaculture Research.

Youth as Zoonotic Disease Dectectives... What a Novella Idea!

Every year, people get sick from diseases spread between animals and people, or zoonotic diseases. A three-way partnership between 4-H National Headquarters at NIFA, USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are teaching youth to recognize and respond to zoonotic diseases, especially at local and state fairs.

Zinc Plays Vital Role in Human and Animal Fertility

Researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) have found that zinc plays a key role in promoting fertility in males, a discovery that has implications for improved in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination in livestock, and for human infertility diagnostics and therapies. NIFA supports this research through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. This impact was featured in the July 28, 2018 issue of Fresh from the Field.

Stopping Blackhead Disease Cold Turkey

Blackhead disease can wipe out an entire turkey flock in weeks, causing millions of dollars in losses for North Carolina farmers.

Maryland Helps Protect the Nation's Flock from Avian Influenza

Avian influenza (AI) affects various species of poultry and outbreaks caused by the H5 and H7 strains have resulted in severe economic losses to the poultry industry worldwide. The University of Maryland’s Dr. Nathaniel Tablante has created videos, available in English and Spanish, to help prevent outbreaks of Avian Influenza.