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NMSU student develops device to improve cattle grazing

NMSU student develops device to improve cattle grazing

An undergraduate student in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University is developing a prototype of a feed intake device for grazing cattle. Read more »


New USDA app protects cattle from heat stress

By Jan Suszkiw, Agricultural Research Service, USDA

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has launched a new smartphone application (“app”) that forecasts conditions triggering heat stress in cattle. The app is available at both Google Play and the App Store. Read more »


Researchers study tall larkspur toxicity in cattle

By Samantha Kneeskern, ASAS Science Communications Intern

August 24, 2015 – In the western foothills and mountain rangelands of the U.S., wild larkspurs (Delphinium spp.) are a major cause of cattle lossesdelphinium barbeyi Read more »


Feed additive could reduce methane production

By Samantha Kneeskern, ASAS Scientific Communications Intern

August 6, 2015 – In the United States, agriculture production contributes 9% of all greenhouse gas emissions (EPA, 2013). Within this 9%, livestock account for 41% of agricultural greenhouse gases (EPA, 2013). In addition, eructation of methane from cattle is a large contributor of the livestock emissions.GHG

Furthermore, methane eructation contributes about a 6% loss of energy for the ruminant (Johnson and Johnson, 1995). Therefore, finding ways to reduce methane emissions are becoming increasingly important. And scientists may have found an answer! Read more »

Courtesy of ARS

Study shows no damage to soils from grazing of cover crops

By Jan Suszkiw, ARS Public Affairs Specialist

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist in North Carolina has found a way to encourage more growers to use cover crops in the Southeastern United States—allow cattle to graze on them.

Cover crops reduce soil erosion, boost organic matter, keep more moisture in soil and sequester carbon in the soil so less of it is released as a greenhouse gas. Read more »