Reviewing factors affecting neonatal health and survival in farm animals

The animal Article of the Month for November is entitled ‘Prenatal stress, immunity and neonatal health in farm animal species’ In farm mammals, preweaning mortality rates are high and variable between farms: 10-25% in lambs, 7-50% in kids, 0-50% in calves, 0-35% in foals, 5-35% in pigs.…


Study challenges soil testing for potassium and the fertilizer value of potassium chloride

In the chemical age of agriculture that began in the 1960s, potassium chloride (KCl), the common salt often referred to as potash, is widely used as a major fertilizer in the Corn Belt without regard to the huge soil reserves that were once recognized for their fundamental importance to soil fertility.…


Endangered lowland gorilla population is predicted to rise in new ORYX study.

Reintroduced Gorillas Going Strong. The Aspinall Foundation’s reintroduction of western lowland gorillas to areas of Africa where they have been hunted to extinction appears to be working, according to a scientific study published today in Oryx The International Journal of Conservation.…


Genetics of milking characteristics in dairy cows

The animal Article of the Month for November is entitled ‘Genetics of milking characteristics in dairy cows’ The milking routine accounts for a large proportion of the labour requirement in a dairy herd.…


King of Beasts Losing Ground in Uganda’s Paradise – Wildlife Conservation Society

King of Beasts Losing Ground in Uganda’s Paradise – Wildlife Conservation Society. Conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of St.…


Exploiting rumen genome sequencing to reduce methane emissions

This post is the last in a series of blogs written by the authors of papers which were presented at the recent Greenhouse Gases & Animal Agriculture Conference held in Dublin.…


Beating the heat and parasites in a warming Europe

This post is the second in a series of blogs written by the authors of papers which were presented at the recent Greenhouse Gases & Animal Agriculture Conference held in Dublin.…


The Potassium Paradox

Saeed A. Khan, Ph.D., ,Richard L Mulvaney, Ph.D. and Timothy R Ellsworth, Ph.D. have published a compelling and provocative article on “The potassium paradox: Implications for soil fertility, crop production and human health.” Employing an exhaustive literature review and thorough and rigorous primary data analysis, they question the current protocols for evaluating crop available K in soils and the corresponding management recommendations for augmenting it.…