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  • Jan
    27
    2022 Food Trends Released by IFIC


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    Americans are focused on wellness through nutrition according to the survey, citing the global pandemic as a possible cause. IFIC states that Americans are interested in specifically whole grains, fiber, and protein. Additionally, the average American’s knowledge of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) has doubled over the past decade.

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  • Jan
    27
    New Survey Finds Reduced Stigma Around Mental Health in Farmers


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    In encouraging news, a recent poll from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) indicates that farmers and those living in rural areas are more comfortable talking about stress and mental health.

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  • Jan
    27
    Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Announces Executives


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    The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) has announced its 2022 Executive Committee. GRSB will focus on progressing the organization’s work towards achieving net-zero through its global sustainability goals.

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  • Jan
    27
    Biden Admin Releases Meat Action Plan


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    The Biden Administration has released an action plan aimed to invest $1 billion to expand competition in the U.S. meatpacking industry and strengthen enforcement of antitrust laws.

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  • Jan
    27
    US Successful in Dairy Lawsuit with Canada


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    A USMA panel agreed with the United States that Canada is infringing on its USMCA commitments by reserving most of the in-quota quantity in its dairy tariff-rate quotas for the use of Canadian processors exclusively. The decision is not only a win for the U.S. but also for U.S. dairy farmers.

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  • Jan
    20
    Interpretive Summary: Characterizing the effect of incrementally increasing dry bulb temperature on linear and nonlinear measures of heart rate variability in nonpregnant, mid-gestation, and late-gestation sows


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    Pregnant pigs may be at a higher risk of poor physiological outcomes due to heat exposure compared to mature female pigs that are not pregnant. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the stress response of pregnant pigs to increasing environmental temperatures using heart rate variability, a noninvasive measure commonly used to evaluate the physiological stress response.

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  • Jan
    20
    Interpretive Summary: Effect of bupivacaine liposome suspension administered as a local anesthetic block on indicators of pain and distress during and after surgical castration in dairy calves


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    Castration is a routine procedure performed on beef and dairy operations in the United States. All methods of castration cause pain. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners recommend that anesthesia and analgesia be administered during castration.

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  • Jan
    20
    Interpretive Summary: Integrated multiple transcriptomes in oviductal tissue across the porcine estrous cycle reveal functional roles in oocyte maturation and transport


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    Understanding the swine female reproductive system is important for solving issues related to reproductive failure and litter size. The oviduct is the site of fertilization. After fertilization, the fertilized egg moves to the uterus for implantation.

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  • Jan
    20
    Interpretive Summary: Impacts of polyclonal antibody preparations from avian origin as a feed additive to beef cattle: immune responses during the step-up transition diets


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    Acidosis in feedlot cattle is common, especially during the transition period from high forage to a grain-heavy diet. Nutritionists are consistently looking for alternatives to mitigate the adverse effects associated with this transition.

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  • Jan
    20
    Interpretive Summary: Factors associated with bovine respiratory disease case fatality in feedlot cattle


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    Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the cause of 60- to 90% of morbidity and mortality cases in feedlot cattle. Suppose factors associated with an animal first identified with BRD that is also associated with increased mortality risk could be identified.

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  • Jan
    13
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of a blend of essential oils, medium-chain fatty acids, and a toxin-adsorbing mineral on diarrhea and gut microbiome of weanling pigs experimentally infected with a pathogenic Escherichia coli


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    This experiment aims to investigate an antimicrobial blend consisting of essential oils, medium-chain fatty acids, and a toxin-adsorbing mineral on diarrhea, growth performance, and gut microbiome of newly weaned pigs experimentally infected with a pathogenic Escherichia coli (F18 E. coli).

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  • Jan
    13
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of postweaning supplementation of immunomodulatory feed ingredient on circulating cytokines and microbial populations in programmed fed beef heifers


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    With consumers wanting less antibiotic usage in cattle production, the need for natural feed ingredients that have positive effects on animal health are needed.

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  • Jan
    13
    Interpretive Summary: Varied diets: implications for lamb performance, rumen characteristics, total antioxidant status, and welfare


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    In today’s production settings, ruminants are provided monotonous feeding environments that do not allow the animals to make feed choices. The objective of the current study was to provide a varied diet of fresh forages (perennial ryegrass, plantain, alfalfa, and chicory) over the day.

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  • Jan
    13
    Interpretive Summary: Assessment of diagnostic accuracy of biomarkers to assess lung consolidation in calves with induced bacterial pneumonia using receiver operating characteristic curves


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    Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the most economically significant disease for cattle producers in the United States, affecting 16.2% of cattle on feed.

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  • Jan
    13
    Interpretive Summary: A time-series effect of phytase supplementation on phosphorus utilization in growing and finishing pigs fed a low-phosphorus diet


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    The current study's authors aimed to determine a time-series effect of phytase on phosphorus (P) utilization in growing and finishing pigs. Growth performance, apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) of nutrients, P excretion, and plasma concentrations of minerals were evaluated during two experiments.

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  • Jan
    13
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of dietary leucine and tryptophan on serotonin metabolism and growth performance of growing pigs


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    Tryptophan is often a limiting amino acid in corn-soybean meal-based diets of pigs and plays a vital role in appetite regulation. However, this mechanism competes with other large neutral AA such as Val, Leu Ile, Tyr, and Phe. Standard corn and sorghum diets fed to pigs are rich in Leu and may reduce pig feed intake and growth performance.

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  • Jan
    06
    Interpretive Summary: Myersocough beef cowcalf pairs housing drylot


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    Drylots are becoming a more common method of managing cow/calf pairs because they provide more flexibility for nutritional management, calving monitoring and provide shelter from wind and rain to decrease maintenance nutrition requirements in the winter. However, limited work has focused on the impact of dry-lot cow/calf management on cow/calf behavior and performance around the time of weaning.

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  • Jan
    06
    Interpretive Summary: Sodium dichloroacetate and glucose supplementation in growing-finishing pigs fed a low-protein diet


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    Managing low protein diets in pigs is challenging because reduced dietary protein frequently leads to impaired growth performance and increased intramuscular fat. Supplementation with essential amino acids (particularly lysine, tryptophan, threonine, and methionine) is helpful, however may not fully ameliorate the negative impacts of a low protein diet.

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  • Jan
    06
    Interpretive Summary: Reproductive performance and longevity in energy restricted gilts


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    Longer reproductive lives are highly sought after in sows because it increases the profitability of commercial farms. Sows that reach their fourth parity and produce large litters are highly desired.

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  • Jan
    06
    Interpretive Summary: Impacts of intermittent maternofetal oxygenation on IUGR lambs


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    Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) caused by placental insufficiency is highly problematic because fetal hypoxemia leads to low birthweight and impaired growth in livestock. Ways to counter the negative impacts of placental insufficiency are therefore necessary to increase the productivity and health of IUGR-born livestock.

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