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  • Feb
    03
    Interpretive Summary: Weinroth Best Practices Animal Science 16S RNA profiling summary


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    The recent development of 16S rRNA gene sequencing as a method to identify microbes that live on various surfaces of the body, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract, has revolutionized the field of microbiology, and has resulted in an explosion of publications focusing on the microbiome of many species.

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  • Feb
    03
    Interpretive Summary: Impact of forage diversity on forage productivity, nutritive value, beef cattle performance, and enteric methane emissions


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    In recent years the beef industry has been targeted as a primary contributor to global warming. More specifically, this includes methane (CH4) production from the grazing sector, and therefore, researchers are working to mitigate the CH4 production in grazing environments.

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  • Feb
    03
    Interpretive Summary: Gene expression in the amygdala and hippocampus of cyclic and acyclic gilts


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    Reproductive failure affects up to 30% of replacement gilts, causing a massive reduction in profitability for a producer. More specifically, there are two types of prebreeding anestrus that cause reproductive failure, including the delay in attaining puberty (prepubertal anestrus, PPA) or silent ovulation (behavioral anestrus, BA).

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  • Jan
    27
    John Deere Releases First Autonomous Tractor


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    John Deere, the agricultural manufacturing company, revealed its first autonomous tractor for large-scale production use. The company states the invention is a way to helper farmers and ranchers who are challenged to produce more with less land.

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  • Jan
    27
    World Food Prices Increase 28% in 2021


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    “While normally high prices are expected to give way to increased production, the high cost of inputs, ongoing global pandemic and ever more uncertain climatic conditions leave little room for optimism about a return to more stable market conditions even in 2022, ” said FAO Senior Economist Abdolreza Abbassian.

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  • Jan
    27
    USDA Increases Funds for School Meals


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $750 million in funding to school meal programs. The allocations are said to be an adjustment in school meal reimbursements to help schools, counter the supply chain problems, and inflation.

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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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