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  • Jan
    03
    Interpretive Summary: Impacts of silymarin on the reproductive performance of sows


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    Silymarin is a flavonolignan extracted from milk thistle fruit and seeds. It has traditionally been used to reduce liver inflammation and toxicity in both humans and animals but may also potentially increase milk production during lactation.

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  • Jan
    03
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of dietary spray-dried plasma protein on nutrient digestibility and growth performance in nursery pigs


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    Dietary spray-dried plasma protein (SDPP) is widely used in nursery pig diet due to its high nutrient contents and growth-promoting effects. In the present work, two sources of SDPP were evaluated for energy and amino acid (AA) digestibility and growth performance in nursery pigs.

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  • Dec
    27
    Study Finds Seaweed Could Reduce Methane Emissions from Livestock


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    Promising research is being performed at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast, feeding seaweed to farm animals. The technique is said to reduce methane by at least 30%.

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  • Dec
    27
    Industry Groups Provide Comments to FSIS About Cell-Cultured Meat Labeling


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    NCBA agrees that the labeling of these products is important. Danielle Beck, Senior Executive Director of Government Affairs, noted a survey where 74% of consumers agreed that there should be a clear indication of whether the meat, they are purchasing is either lab-grown or conventionally produced.

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  • Dec
    27
    FAO Publishes The State of Food and Agriculture 2021


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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently published The State of Food and Agriculture 2021. The report comes after the COVID-19 pandemic showed vulnerability within the agrifood system globally.

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  • Dec
    27
    EPA Releases Report on Environmental Impact of Food Waste


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    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published From Farm to Kitchen: The Environmental Impacts of U.S. Food Waste, to inform policymakers, researchers, and the public about the environmental impact of food waste. The report includes benefits to reduced food waste as well as knowledge gaps.

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  • Dec
    27
    Dairy Pricing Opportunity Act Introduced


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    The bill is designed to direct the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to initiate the process of holding Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) hearings within six months to provide an opportunity for producers to have a seat at the table when any potential changes in how Class I milk prices are calculated is discussed.

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  • Dec
    27
    Cures 2.0 Bill Introduced


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    “The federal government has shown, time and time again, that when it’s given the resources needed to accomplish the impossible, there’s not much it cannot do,” DeGette and Upton said in a press release. By creating ARPA-H, we will be bringing together some our nation’s greatest minds to help find cures to these devastating diseases.

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  • Dec
    27
    Bipartisan Request to Hold Mexico Accountable on Biotech Policy


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    A bipartisan letter from more than 70 members of Congress was sent to President Joe Biden regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The letter urges President Biden to pursue a declaration from Mexican President López Obrador that Mexico will follow the biotech provisions established in USMCA.

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  • Dec
    27
    Bill to Protect Meatpacking Workers Introduced


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    During the height of the pandemic, it was revealed that over 59,000 meatpacking and processing workers contracted COVID-19, and at least 269 died. PAMWA would provide protections for meatpacking workers along with systemic reforms, such as creating a fair market that allows independent farmers, ranchers, and local food systems to succeed.

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  • Dec
    27
    APHIS Issues Final Rule Regarding Handling of Animals


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    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a final rule modifying the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to include a requirement for a contingency plan for the handling of animals during an emergency.

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  • Dec
    27
    APHIS Announces Funds for Animal Health


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    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently announced over $16.3 million to 64 different projects with states, universities, and other partners for animal health protection.

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  • Dec
    20
    Interpretive Summary: Efficient approximation of reliabilities for single-step genomic best linear unbiased predictor models with the Algorithm for Proven and Young


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    The estimated breeding value (EBV) of an animal measures its genetic merit. For calculating EBVs, pedigree and genomic information are jointly used in a procedure called single-step genomic best linear unbiased prediction (ssGBLUP). Genetic evaluations report each EBV with its reliability, which measures how accurate the breeding value estimation was.

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  • Dec
    20
    Interpretive Summary: Lycium barbarum polysaccharides alleviate LPS-induced inflammatory responses through PPARγ/MAPK/NF-κB pathway in bovine mammary epithelial cells


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    Current research examined Lycium barbarum polysaccharides (LBP) for combating LPS-induced inflammatory responses in primary bovine mammary epithelial cells. We uncovered a preventive role of LBP in reducing detrimental effects induced by LPS including inhibition of NF-κB and MAPK along with peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) activation.

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  • Dec
    20
    Interpretive Summary: Selenium decreased cholesterol levels


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    A major goal in animal agriculture is to improve the nutritional value of animal products. One area of focus in the beef cattle industry is to use supplemental selenium to improve the antioxidant abilities of muscle and liver tissue, which may reduce the cholesterol levels of muscle tissue, resulting in a healthier product.

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  • Dec
    16
    Interpretive Summary: Tissue Dimensions Captive Bolt Swine


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    Penetrating captive bolt is a commonly used and humane method for euthanizing swine that weigh less than 200kg.

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  • Dec
    16
    Interpretive Summary: Altered fecal microbiota, IgA, and fermentative end-products in adult dogs fed prebiotics and a nonviable Lactobacillus acidophilus


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    Higher demand for nutrition beyond the basic requirements of the animal has increased in the pet food industry; specifically, using pre-and probiotic ingredients to influence digestive health.

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  • Dec
    16
    Interpretive Summary: Relationship between energy intake and growth performance and body composition in pigs selected for low backfat thickness


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    The progression of genetic selection for reduced carcass backfat has increased over the past 20 years, causing an altered phenotypic relationship between energy intake and carcass backfat thickness.

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  • Dec
    13
    Interpretive Summary: Increased microbial phytase increased phytate destruction, plasma inositol, and feed efficiency of weanling pigs...


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    Due to stress during the post-weaning period, morbidity and mortality can be significantly increased. These stressors can be environmental, nutritional, physiological, and immunological changes.

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  • Dec
    13
    Interpretive Summary: Live yeast and yeast extracts with and without pharmacological levels of zinc on nursery pig growth performance and antimicrobial susceptibilities of fecal Escherichia coli


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    Feeding pharmacological levels of Zn in the early nursery phase has become a common practice in the swine industry to alleviate post-weaning diarrhea. However, antimicrobial resistance is a concern when feeding these levels.

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