Beehive fences protect farms from foraging elephants in Tanzania

Southern Tanzania is home to over half of East Africa’s elephants making it a globally important region for their conservation. Unfortunately, abrupt boundaries between protected areas and farmland mean elephants easily wander into village farms and eat or trample human food crops or both.…


Finding fresh ways of tackling Negative Energy Balance in dairy cattle

The animal article of the month for June is ‘Integrated regulatory network reveals novel candidate regulators in the development of negative energy balance in cattle‘ The biological cycle of milk production for dairy cows is a crucial factor for dairy farmers.…


Researchers document the role rainfall plays in organic weed control

Organic  growers can face tough challenges when it comes to weed control.  But new research published in the journal Weed Science shows weather conditions and well-timed cultural management techniques can make a big difference.…


Water Footprinting of beef and sheep production

The animal article of the month for May is Water footprinting of pasture-based farms; beef and sheep Agricultural production consumes significant amounts of natural resources, including water, along the supply chain.…


New Approach to Harvest-Time Weed Seed Control Benefits Conservation Cropping Systems

Australian farmers have long considered harvest-time weed seed control their “last chance” opportunity to battle herbicide-resistant weeds that survive in-crop treatments.…


Battling Chinese Privet? You can get great control with significantly less herbicide than you think

Chinese privet is a common fixture in the southeastern United States – typically found growing in dense thickets along roadsides, on rights of way and in forests.…


Timber concessions may provide valuable additional conservation land for elephants

Forest elephants are found to occupy timber concession forests in Cameroon within areas currently deemed ‘unlikely’ by IUCN, according to a scientific study published in Oryx —The International Journal of Conservation.…


Managing egg incubation to benefit chicken bone strength

The animal article of the month for April is ‘Incubation and hatch management: consequences for bone mineralization in Cobb 500 meat chickens‘ Following two field observations of newly hatched chicks that had soft bones and were having difficulty standing,  we wanted to find out what causes soft bones and, what could be done to prevent this from occurring in the future.   We also wanted to improve the standing ability of meat chickens.…