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  • Jul
    01
    Interpretive Summary: Glycine ameliorates mitochondrial dysfunction caused by ABT-199 in porcine oocytes


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    A recent study published in the Journal of Animal Science induced a mitochondrial damage model in oocytes with the Bcl-2-specific antagonist ABT-199; the Chinese research team investigated whether glycine could reverse the mitochondrial dysfunction induced by ABT-199 exposure and whether it is related to calcium regulation.

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  • Jul
    01
    Interpretive Summary: Genetic parameter estimations and genomic insights for teat and udder structure in young and mature Canadian Angus cows


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    Devani et al. (2021) recently published a study, in the Journal of Animal Science, that used genome-wide association study (GWAS) to estimate the genetic correlation between young and mature teat and udder scores to determine if these traits are influenced by the same genes.

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  • Jun
    28
    Washington Roundup - June 2021 - By Lowell Randel


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    On June 25th, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee met to consider its version of agriculture appropriations for fiscal year 2022.

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  • Jun
    28
    Animal Research Working Group Releases Report


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    The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group was charged with assessing and making recommendations to enhance the rigor, transparency, and translatability in animal research by improving the experimental design, optimizing translational validity, enhancing training, and increasing the transparency of research studies involving animal models.

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  • Jun
    28
    Additional Aid to USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced supplementary assistance for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative.

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  • Jun
    28
    Letter Recommending Low-Fat Flavored Milk in Schools Sent to USDA


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently received a letter from Joe Courtney (D-CT), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), and 55 other members of Congress supporting the increase of dairy consumption in children by allowing schools to offer low-fat, flavored milk as part of school meals programs.

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  • Jun
    28
    Letter Sent to USDA for Clarification on Tax Policy Impact on Farmers


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    President Joe Biden released his American Families Plan, designed to grow the middle class, expand the benefits of economic growth to all Americans, and leave the United States more competitive.

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  • Jun
    28
    Meat Packing Special Investigator Act Introduced


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    The Meat Packing Special Investigator Act was recently announced by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) to address anti-competitive practices in the meat and poultry industries that threaten the nation's food supply and national security.

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  • Jun
    28
    No Land Grab Act of 2021 and 30x30 Termination Act Introduced


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    Two bills that push back against President Biden’s 30x30 Executive Order have been introduced in the House and Senate.

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  • Jun
    28
    Organizations Urge Congress to Invest in Climate-Focused Ag Improvements


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    Over 450 conservation, consumer, farm, and environmental groups have collaborated on a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting Congress to allocate $200 billion in new funding over the next 10 years to increase farm bill conservation, research, renewable energy, forestry, and regional food system and supply chain resilience programs, as well as the agriculture, forestry, and rural-related elements already contained in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan.

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  • Jun
    28
    Ransomware Attack Forces Shut Down of Major Meat Plant


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    Over Memorial Day Weekend, the world’s largest meat company, JSB Foods, experienced a ransomware attack that affected everyone from farmers to restauranters.

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  • Jun
    28
    Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act Introduced


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    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has introduced the Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act.

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  • Jun
    28
    Rural STEM Education Research Act Passes in House


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    The Rural STEM Education Research Act, introduced to the House by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK) and cosponsored by Science Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), has passed in the House and will now move to the Senate.

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  • Jun
    28
    USDA to Enforce Packers and Stockyards Act


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will initiate the implication of 3 proposed rules to support the enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S).

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  • Jun
    24
    Interpretive Summary: The effect of a multiforage diet as opposed to a single forage diet on animal intake, performance, welfare, and urinary nitrogen excretion


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    A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science aimed to determine whether feeding animals a diet of equal proportions of cut fresh herbages alter dry matter intake, animal performance, nitrogen excretion, and animal welfare in comparison to a conventional monotonous diet of ryegrass.

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  • Jun
    24
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of feeding diets containing low crude protein and coarse wheat bran as alternatives to zinc oxide in nursery pig diets


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    A recent paper published in the Journal of Animal Science by Batson et al., “Effects of feeding diets containing low crude protein and coarse wheat bran as alternatives to zinc oxide in nursery pig diets” to describe how the addition of fermentable fiber (wheat bran) and synthetic amino acids, and reduction of crude may reduce post-weaning growth lag and diarrhea incidence in piglets.

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  • Jun
    17
    Interpretive Summary: Ancient grains as novel dietary carbohydrate sources in canine diets


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    A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science aimed to evaluate the effects of the novel carbohydrate sources on total apparent total tract digestibility, fecal microbiota, and fermentative end-product concentrations and to evaluate the effects of novel carbohydrate sources on the postprandial glycemic and insulinemic responses in healthy adult dogs.

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  • Jun
    17
    Interpretive Summary: Evaluation of vitamin A status on myogenic gene expression and muscle fiber characteristics


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    A recent article published in the Journal of Animal Science used 30 yearling crossbred steers being fed a steam-flaked corn-based diet to evaluate the effects of dietary vitamin A supplementation on myogenic gene expression and skeletal muscle fiber characteristics during the finishing phase.

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  • Jun
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Intravenous infusion of glucose improved farrowing performance of hyperprolific crossbred sows


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    A study recently published in the Journal of Animal Science took this a step further by investigating whether intravenous infusion of glucose from observed nest-building behavior to 24 hours postpartum would affect the farrowing kinetics and colostrum production in sows.

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  • Jun
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Concomitant versus separate vaccination against brucellosis and clostridia in dairy heifers


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    Researchers studied how concomitant versus separate vaccination against brucellosis and clostridiosis affected the intake, performance, behavior and immune responses of dairy calves in this recent Journal of Animal Science study.

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