Animal health and production and animal products

Fruit Fly Offers Lessons in Good Taste

What can the fruit fly teach us about taste and how chemicals cause our taste buds to recognize sweet, sour, bitter, umami, and salty tastes?

Pollen-Sized Technology Protects Bees from Deadly Insecticides

A Cornell University-developed technology provides beekeepers, consumers and farmers with an antidote for deadly pesticides which kill wild bees and cause beekeepers to lose a third of their hives on average every year.

Bees Interrupted

Michigan is home to 465 bee species, and each one plays a role in the states’ ecosystems. During a 15-year study of wild bees visiting blueberry fields during their blooming season, researchers caught an unexpected glimpse of how extreme weather events can impact bee populations.

Ensuring Meat Processing Safety in These Challenging Times

With the rampant spread of COVID-19 among meat processing plant workers, the meat industry continues to face serious issues. The prevalence of the virus has led to meat processing - and packaging - plant closures. It has created bottlenecks everywhere in the chain, affecting farms to consumers, leading to much smaller production outputs and higher prices for everyone. What can be done to ensure the safety of meat during these challenging times?

Beef Producers Could Have More Precise Way to Manage Herds

Beef producers in the future could have a more precise way to determine the productivity of their cattle, thanks to a collaboration between the University of Missouri’s Engineering and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR).

Climate Change Reduces the Abundance and Diversity of Wild Bees

Wild bees are more affected by climate change than by disturbances to their habitats, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State University. The findings suggest that addressing land-use issues alone will not be sufficient to protect these important pollinators.

Grassland 2.0 Seeks to Transform Upper Midwest Agriculture Through Perennial Grasslands

In an era when farmers have been told to go big or get out, Wisconsin dairy farmers have found a way to make farms more profitable and more sustainable through managed rotational grazing.

Aspirin After Calving Can Provide Relief to Dairy Cows, Increase Milk Production

Dairy cows that received a short course of anti-inflammatory medication after calving had lower metabolic stress and produced more milk than untreated cows, according to researchers, who say the regimen they tested could be adopted more easily by producers than previously studied treatment strategies.

Veterinarian Network and Mentoring Program Launching in Texas, New Mexico

A group of Texas A&M AgriLife faculty are establishing a rural veterinarian network to provide education and assistance to make rural veterinary practices sustainable.

Scientists Work to Cut Greenhouse Gases, One Cow Burp at a Time

When you first learn that cows produce methane, a greenhouse gas, you might assume it comes from the animal’s rear end. But you would be wrong. “Methane is generated in an organ called the rumen, which is the first of the cow’s ‘four stomachs,’” said Nicolas DiLorenzo, a researcher at the University of Florida who studies methane production in cattle. “The rumen is quite close to the cow’s mouth, so the mouth is the closest exit.