Plans are underway for a Forages and Pastures Symposium focusing on a whole-system approach to cover crops in livestock production. See what’s in store and make plans to join us for this symposium in July! Read more
By Samantha Kneeskern
Oct. 15, 2015 – Livestock producers often view laws and regulations that are brought about by consumer opinions as restrictions and impositions. But because the consumer drives the market, and the global demand for beef is increasing, cattle producers should face these challenges head-on and continue to improve the sustainability of their operations. Read more
Dairy graziers and dairy grazing enthusiasts from several states will be gathering in late July to share and increase their knowledge about pasture-based and organic dairy production systems. The 2012 Mid-Atlantic Dairy Grazing Conference is based in Chestertown in Kent County on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore. The event begins with Registration at Washington College in Chestertown on Wednesday, July 25 at 3:30 p.m. and concludes on Friday, July 27 around 2:00 p.m. Read more
By Sandra Avant / USDA-ARS
A closer look at sugar and starch content in warm- and cool-season grasses could help scientists at our Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Forage Animal Production Research Unit (FAPRU) in Lexington, Ky., learn more about the role carbohydrates play in laminitis, a disease that causes lameness in horses and ponies.
Laminitis can occur after animals eat grasses high in carbohydrates, particularly fructans, which are chains of three to 200 fructose molecules, according to FAPRU plant physiologist Isabelle Kagan. Because the carbohydrate content of grasses changes during the day and year, a better understanding of those variations may help with grazing management. Read more
By Sandra Avant / USDA-ARS
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their collaborators have conducted a series of studies that explore non-antibiotic methods to reduce foodborne pathogens that are found in the gut of food animals.
The team consists of ARS microbiologist Todd R. Callaway, with the agency’s Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in College Station, Texas; ARS animal scientist and project leader Jeffery Carroll with the agency’s Livestock Issues Research Unit in Lubbock, Texas; and John Arthington at the University of Florida in Ona.
ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and this research supports the USDA priorities of promoting international food security and ensuring food safety.
Early studies showed that citrus products provide cows with good roughage and vitamins, and the essential oils in such products provide a natural antibiotic effect. Read more