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  • Jul
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of bamboo leaf extract intervention on the growth performance, antioxidant capacity, and hepatic apoptosis in suckling piglets


    Suckling Pig
    Neonatal piglets suffer from severe birth oxidative stress due to the immaturity of their antioxidant system. In vitro and in vivo studies have now shown that the function of the antioxidant system can be modulated by bamboo leaf extract (BLE).

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  • Jul
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Constant light exposure in early life induces m6A-mediated inhibition of IGF gene family in the chicken


    Broiler Chicken
    Aberrant light exposure (such as light at night and super-intensity light) induces sleep disturbances and mood disorders, as well as major depressive disorder. In poultry, photoperiod is an important factor affecting the growth and behavior of broiler chickens.

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  • Jul
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of particle size and phytase supplementation on apparent and standardized total tract digestibility of phosphorus in hybrid rye fed to growing pigs


    TS, growing pig, 100 x 100 (1)
    Cereal grains such as corn, wheat, and barley are widely used as an energy source in swine diets. However, due to their recent soaring prices, it is necessary to use alternative feedstuffs for swine. New commercial hybrid rye with improved ergot resistance and higher yield has been developed.

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  • Jul
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of supplemental myo-inositol on growth performance and apparent total tract digestibility of weanling piglets fed reduced protein high-phytate diets and intestinal epithelial cell proliferation and function


    TS, piglet, 100 x 100 (2)
    After weaning, piglets undergo various kinds of stress that limit feed intake and nutrient digestibility. Much of the effects are strongest at the still-developing gastrointestinal tract where active feed digestion and nutrient uptake takes place.

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  • Jul
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of dietary energy density and supplemental rumen undegradable protein on intake, viscera, and carcass composition of lambs recovering from nutritional restriction


    TS, lamb, 100 x 100
    Animal performance is determined by the combined effects of both prior and current nutrition. The present study used a 2 × 3 × 4 factorial to examine the effects of prior feeding level (HI or LO) on subsequent ad-libitum intake of diets varying in energy density (7.8, 9.2, 10.7 MJ/kg DM) and level of supplemental rumen undegradable protein (RUP; 0, 30, 60, and 90g/d).

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  • Jul
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Form of dietary selenium affects mRNA encoding cholesterol biosynthesis and immune response elements in the early luteal phase bovine corpus luteum


    TS, mRNA, 100 x 100
    In regions with soils deficient in selenium (Se), producers should supplement this trace mineral to the diet of forage-grazing cattle. We previously reported that circulating concentrations of progesterone (P4) are affected by the form of Se supplemented to cows.

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  • Jul
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Preovulatory follicular fluid and serum metabolome profiles in lactating beef cows with thin, moderate, and obese body condition


    TS, nursing beef cow, 100 x 100
    Extremes in body condition affect fertility and pregnancy outcomes in beef cows. Much research has been done in women and dairy cows to evaluate body condition’s effect on oocyte and embryo quality, pregnancy rates, and pregnancy outcomes.

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  • Jul
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Insights from two independent transcriptomic studies of the bovine corpus luteum during pregnancy


    TS, cattle production, 100 x 100
    Reproductive efficiency is necessary for the financial and environmental sustainability of cattle production. A critical component of this efficiency is the maintenance of pregnancy. The corpus luteum (CL) is a transient ovarian endocrine gland that produces progesterone—the hormone that maintains pregnancy in all mammals.

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  • Jul
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Ruminant conceptus-maternal interactions: interferon-tau and beyond


    TS, pregnant cow, 100 x 100 (1)
    Early pregnancy losses are common in cattle. This review describes how critical the interplay between the developing conceptus (embryo and extraembryonic membranes) and endometrium is to maintaining pregnancies in cattle and other ruminants.

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  • Jul
    14
    Interpretive Summary: History, insights, and future perspectives on studies into luteal function in cattle


    TS, history, 100 x 100
    The corpus luteum (CL) forms on the ovary from the cellular remnants of the follicle following ovulation. The function of the CL is to produce progesterone that is required for successful pregnancy.

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  • Jun
    30
    Senate Ag Committee Passes the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act


    TS, plant protein, 100 x 100 (2)
    The United States Senate Agricultural Committee has passed the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act (S. 4030), a bill that would establish pricing mechanisms for live animal purchases.

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  • Jun
    30
    Study finds plant-based protein not as nutritious as real meat


    TS, plant protein, 100 x 100
    A new study by researchers at Ohio State University found that human cells currently do not absorb the same level of nutrients from plant-based protein as they do from meat from animals. While plant-based proteins have risen in popularity, this study shines a light on how the body reacts differently when compared to meat.

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  • Jun
    30
    Call for nominations for the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee


    TS, guidelines, 100 x 100
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are calling for nominations for the 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). ASAS President-Elect Teresa Davis was a 2020-2025 member of the DGAC.

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  • Jun
    30
    USDA unveils the Food System Transformation framework


    TS, food, 100 x 100
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the details of the Food System Transformation framework. The framework was designed to transform the food system to benefit consumers, producers, and rural communities by providing more options, increasing access, and creating markets for small and mid-size producers.

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  • Jun
    30
    Supreme Court filings for California’s Proposition 12 underway


    TS, Anti meat, 100 x 100
    The National Pork Producer’s Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) recently filed the initial brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case against California’s Proposition 12 (Prop 12). The Proposition bans the sale of pork not produced according to the state’s production standards.

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  • Jun
    30
    Operation Fly Formula created to help US families


    TS, baby formula, 100 x 100
    Aimed to target the infant formula shortage, President Joe Biden has announced Operation Fly Formula. Under Operation Fly Formula, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are authorized to use Department of Defense (DOD)-contracted commercial aircraft to pick up overseas infant formula that meets U.S. health and safety standards, so it can get to store shelves faster.

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  • Jun
    30
    New report finds the demand for meat outweighs meat avoidance


    TS, meat supply, 100 x 100
    Researchers from Kansas State University and Purdue University have released the report Meat demand outdoes meat avoidance. The report found that even with the increase in plant-based fake meat products, Americans are still consuming meat.

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  • Jun
    30
    Kansas’ fake meat law to go into effect July 1st


    TS, fake meat, 100 x 100
    A new law has been signed by the Governor of the state of Kansas to require producers of fake meat products that use meat terms to include a disclaimer indicating the product does not contain meat on the label in prominent and conspicuous font size in close proximity to the meat term.

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  • Jun
    30
    Chavonda Jacobs Young confirmed as USDA REE Undersecretary


    TS, Research, 100 x 100
    Earlier this month, the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young to be the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) undersecretary of agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics (REE).

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  • Jun
    30
    Biden Administration proposes changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act


    TS, RR, 100 x 100
    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional support, resources, and rulings to strengthen the American food supply chain, promote fair and competitive agricultural markets, prevent abuse of farmers by poultry processors, and make prices fairer for farmers and American consumers.

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