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  • Dec
    02
    Interpretive Summary: Genetic inbreeding depression load for fertility traits in Pura Raza Española mares


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    Over the last few decades, fertility has been studied as a breeding goal in domestic species, but horses have historically been selected for conformation or performance in equestrian sports without much regard to fertility. For this reason, there is little information available on fertility traits and their inclusion as selection criteria in equine breeding programs.

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  • Dec
    02
    Interpretive Summary: Integrating diverse data sources to predict disease risk in dairy cattle—a machine learning approach


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    Livestock farming is currently undergoing a digital revolution. Animals and their surroundings are closely monitored and observed, but such data often reside in disconnected silos, making it impossible to leverage their full potential to improve animal well-being.

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  • Dec
    02
    Interpretive Summary: Assessment of digestible lysine requirements in lipopolysaccharide-challenged pigs


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    Changes in metabolism due to immune system activation and the incidence of infectious disease can lead to differing dietary amino acid requirements for an animal. In addition, it is imperative to determine the nutritional requirements of animals under challenging conditions, so feed formulations are optimal to maximize growth rate and efficient use of nutrients.

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  • Nov
    29
    USDA to Reduce Salmonella Associated with Poultry


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    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced new strategies to reduce Salmonella illness linked to poultry products. The efforts will include gathering data and information to support future actions to move closer to the Healthy People 2030 target of a 25% reduction in Salmonella illness.

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  • Nov
    29
    Giving Tuesday opportunities - 2021


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    ASAS and the ASAS Foundation recognize members on Giving Tuesday.

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  • Nov
    29
    School Food Recovery Act Reintroduced


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    The School Recovery Act was recently introduced to direct the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide competitive grants to support schools working on food waste reduction programs. “Reducing food waste in schools will give students the opportunity to develop responsible habits that can benefit their communities and our planet throughout their lives,” said Bonamici in a press release.

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  • Nov
    29
    Review of Pandemic Food Box Expenditures Results Released


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    The government hired hundreds of private companies last spring to buy food no longer needed by restaurants, schools, and cruise ships, and transport it to overwhelmed food banks. The program faced several problems such as spilled and spoiled food, high costs, and uneven distribution nationwide.

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  • Nov
    29
    NIFA to Invest Over $50 Million in New Farmers and Ranchers


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    “We recognize that beginning farmers and ranchers have unique needs for education, training, and technical assistance. Their success, especially in the first 10 years, often hinges on access to reliable, science-based information and the latest educational resources so they can improve their operations’ profitability and sustainability long-term.”

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  • Nov
    29
    IFIC Survey States Most Americans Have Tried Plant-Based Meat Alternatives


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    The International Food Information Council (IFIC) released the results of a survey about plant-based meat alternatives. The purpose of the survey was to see how often plant alternatives are consumed and why. It should be noted that the study was funded by SNI Global (formally the Soy Nutrition Institute) and the United Soybean Board.

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  • Nov
    29
    Food Prices Continue to Increase Ahead of Thanksgiving


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    As the holidays approach, the price to prepare your celebratory dinner will likely be higher this year. Factors including the COVID-19 pandemic, labor shortages, transportation costs, and supply chain issues are to blame.

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  • Nov
    29
    Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 Advances


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    A new bill introduced and approved by the House Agriculture Committee would offer transparency in the discrepancy between what cattle producers receive and what consumers are paying for beef.

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  • Nov
    29
    Animal Activists Upset Over COP26 Menu


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    The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) was held in Glasgow, Scotland. The event had local and seasonal offerings and took a “plant-forward approach”, with 40% of the menu being plant-based options. The menus also feature a carbon footprint graphic of each item so attendees can be informed of the impact of their choices.

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  • Nov
    29
    Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate Established


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    During the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the United States and United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with 31 other countries and 48 non-government partners, announced the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate). “The United States is proud to be launching the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate initiative alongside the United Arab Emirates and over 80 partners across the globe," said John Kerry, US special presidential envoy for the climate.

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  • Nov
    22
    Interpretive Summary: Thyroid hormone suppression in feeder pigs following polymicrobial or porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus-2 challenge


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    The swine industry continuously battles infectious disease challenges; unfortunately, the nature of our intensive management makes it particularly vulnerable. Understanding how the numerous physiological systems respond to disease is advantageous to scientists working to establish immunity.

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  • Nov
    22
    Interpretive Summary: Physiological response of weaned piglets to two transport durations observed in a Canadian commercial setting


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    Multi-site pig production is a standard industry practice, though it risks stressing animals during transportation. Most data involving transportation effects was done in market hogs, and the current Canadian transport regulations weigh heavily on these studies' information.

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  • Nov
    22
    Interpretive Summary: Smith Nutrient Restriction followed by Realimentation sheep


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    Nutrient restriction in pregnant females has been repeatedly shown to have adverse effects on the growth and development of their offspring. Realimentation following nutrient restriction may be a strategy to mitigate the negative growth effects that maternal nutrient restriction has on offspring.

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  • Nov
    18
    Interpretive Summary: Repeatability of gaseous measurements across consecutive days in sheep using portable accumulation chambers


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    Global temperatures are expected to increase over the next thirty years; the implications of climate change will have a large impact on livestock population and production, which will affect food security. Ruminant animals have contributed to 39.8% of global agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, but will play a role in the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions through the development of sustainable livestock production and the adoption of mitigation measures.

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  • Nov
    18
    Interpretive Summary: Myostatin suppresses adipogenic differentiation and lipid accumulation by activating crosstalk between ERK1/2 and PKA signaling pathways in porcine subcutaneous preadipocytes


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    A study recently published in the Journal of Animal Science aimed to determine the effect of myostatin on lipid accumulation in porcine subcutaneous preadipocytes and to further explore the potential molecular mechanisms.

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  • Nov
    18
    Interpretive Summary: The effect of vitamin C on long-haul transport stress in beef steer calves


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    Long-haul transport may occur at several points during the lifespan of feedlot cattle and is a source of undesirable stress on the wellbeing of these animals. Performance can subsequently suffer and lead to reduced health and productivity.

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  • Nov
    15
    Interpretive Summary: Effect of bone morphogenetic protein 4, gremlin, and connective tissue growth factor on estradiol and progesterone production by bovine granulosa cells


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    It has been well documented that Bone morphogenic proteins (BMPs) participate in the paracrine regulation of granulosa cell function in multiple species. However, it is unknown if responses to BMPs change with follicular size or interacts with connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) or BMP antagonists (e.g., gremlin) to directly affect granulosa cell function in cattle.

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