March 26, 2015 - The launch of a new animal science report from the National Research Council is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 at 4 p.m. (EDT) in the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C.
The report, entitled The Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and Sustainability, identifies areas of research and development, technology, and resource needs for research in the field of animal agriculture, both nationally and internationally. Read more
Invited speakers at the Harlan Ritchie Symposium at the ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting tackled the symposium’s theme: Have we entered a new era in beef production?
Dr. Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University, began the symposium with an overview of “Trends to watch in cattle nutrition.” He identified eight important trends, including: cost pressure drives consolidation, rapidly growing world population and greater demand for meat, feed price volatility, corporate and consumer interest in how cattle are raised and what they are fed, continued development of feeds with enhanced nutrient characteristics, better understanding of microbial population and effects on nutrition, genomic information will drive improved management, and changing geography of where cattle are fed. Dr. Lardy addressed the students in the audience, who he said are entering a very exciting and dynamic time in the industry. “I really want you to focus on how you think these trends will impact what you do in the future,” he said.
By Sandra Avant, ARS Public Affairs Specialist
A vaccine that protects chickens against two infectious poultry diseases has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.
Microbiologist Qingzhong Yu and his colleagues at the Agricultural Research Service’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) in Athens, Georgia, created a vaccine that is effective against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) and Newcastle disease (ND). ILT and ND are two of the most economically important infectious diseases of poultry. They cause sickness and death in domestic and commercial poultry as well as in some wild birds throughout the world. Read more