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.…


New study on the snow leopard in Mongolia reveals potential threats from increasing livestock

The study published in Oryx–The International Journal of Conservation indicates that increasing livestock numbers to supply the global market of cashmere have a negative impact on snow leopard’s wild prey, the Siberian ibex, and could undermine the long-term viability of the snow leopard itself.…


Acceleration of growth disturbs health

The animal article of the month for March is ‘Invited review: resource allocation mismatch as pathway to disproportionate growth in farm animals – prerequisite for a disturbed health‘ Resources are nutrients and energy which must be properly used during growth and development, and later on for performance.…


Are sacred caves still safe havens for the endemic bats of Madagascar?

Caves have been held in awe by humans for millennia. Not only have they offered us shelter and accommodated potential prey, for many societies they also held a profound spiritual significance, acting as a final resting place for the ancestors and often being perceived as gateways to the afterlife.…