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Essential oils and dairy cow performance

Does thyme and cinnamon essential oils have an effect on performance, rumen fermentation and blood metabolites in holstein calves consuming high concentrate diet? A research team from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran found the answer. Essential oils have been shown to favourably effect in ...

Less need for antibiotics with antimicrobial peptides

The application of antibiotics can be reduced in pig breeding (semen preservation) by using antimicrobial peptides, researchers have found. The results of the study have been published in the scientific online-journal PLOS ONE . Antimicrobial substances are necessary and mandatory for the liquid pr...

PRRS – past, present and future

It is too simple to speak of ‘just’ Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). History teaches us that the virus changes and various types and subtypes have their own specific characteristics. How can this knowledge help to beat the virus? By Dr Hans Nauwynck, Laboratory of Virology, Facu...

More visitors and exhibitors at SPACE 2014

The 28th edition of the annual French agricultural trade show surpassed last year’s figures with regard to exhibitors and visitors. The show, held in Rennes, France, from 16-19 September, attracted 1,427 exhibitors, which was 24 exhibitors up from 2013. Of these, 457 came from abroad, from 36 countr...

UK animal welfare organisation targets poultry sector

Indoor broilers and caged laying hens are being highlighted by UK animal welfare organisation, RSPCA, as part of its Farm Animal Week – a campaign designed to draw attention to intensive farming, while raising funds for the society’s coffers. "Few people realise that, although having their own indiv...

More visitors and exhibitors at SPACE 2014

The 28th edition of the annual French agricultural trade show surpassed last year’s figures with regard to exhibitors and visitors. The show, held in Rennes, France, from 16-19 September, attracted 1,427 exhibitors, which was 24 exhibitors up from 2013. Of these, 457 came from abroad, from 36 countr...

Bacteriophages successful as alternative growth promoters

A team at the Kangwon National University, Republic of Korea found that bacteriophages shows promise as growth promoter in pigs. Its combination with other additives was also studied. Two experiments were conducted to determine the effects of dietary supplementation with bacteriophage, probiotics an...

Anise seed: a substitute for antibiotic growth promoters

Researchers from the Islamic Azad University in Iran evaluated the effect of anise seed (Pimpinella anisum L.) as an antibiotic growth promoter substitute on growth performance, carcass traits, and immune responses in broiler chickens. According to the study, 240 one day-old hatched Ross broilers r...

Bacillus sp: an alternative feed agp in broiler production

A study carried out in the UK tested the effect of a direct fed microbial (DFM) on the performance of broilers compared to an antibiotic growth promoter under large scale, commercial production settings. Three dietary treatments were tested in a completely randomised design including: 1) a control (...

Applications invited for the HSA slaughter award

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is now inviting applications for its prestigious 2015 Humane Slaughter Award for significant advances in the humane slaughter of farmed livestock. The award of the HAS, an independent charity that works through education, training, research and technical develo...

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