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Test around the effect of the feed strategy on manure quality, emissions
The formation of greenhouse gases (GHG) on cattle farms is strongly related to the food management on a farm....
Enhance FMD surveillance by testing milk samples in the field
A follow-on study by scientists at The Pirbright Institute and the University of Glasgow has demonstrated that milk samples collected in the field can be used successfully to recognise cattle infected with foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV)....
UK midge season has extended due to climate change
A team of scientists at The Pirbright Institute, Rothamsted Research, The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Met Office have provided the first evidence that the UK midge season has extended over the last 40 years due to climate change. ...
Understanding the socioeconomic impact of Foot-and-mouth Disease control in Kenya
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a viral disease of cloven-hooved animals that causes lesions in the mouth and on the feet, alongside generalised illness. It affects cows, sheep, goats and pigs, and although they recover after a couple of weeks, it causes...
Trichomoniasis Management Helps Increase Calving Rates
Reports by producers of a high incidence of abortions and low pregnancy rates in beef cattle herds in Chihuahua led researchers at Autonomous University of Chihuahua in Mexico to uncover the root cause of the problem, writes Ivan Leyva-Baca, DVM, PhD,...
Ruminant Abortion Requires Diagnostics to Fight Disease
Repeated abortions in a herd can have a severe economic impact on farming operations, writes Laurent Delooz, Regional Association for Animal Health and Identification (ARSIA) based in Belgium....
Strategic Use of Diagnostics
With such a wide choice of diagnostic tests available, Life Technologies explains how to choose the best option in any given situation....
Diagnosis Murder - DNA Profiling to Help Farmers
In September 2000, Ian Lowther, a UK national, was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he committed 23 years earlier. His conviction was made possible by advances in biotechnology, which allowed forensic scientists to match his DNA to samples...
Serology versus Molecular Technology
The introduction of routine serological tests in diagnostic laboratories provided veterinarians with a valuable tool for diagnosing and tracking a wide range of common infections in production animals. In particular, the technology provided information...
Cutting Costs - Do we Really Need to Vaccinate?
Not so long ago veterinarians spent a lot of time trying to convince their clients of the benefits of prevention rather than cure, and in particular the economic benefits of vaccination. However, vaccination is like insurance: if you don’t have to make...
The Value of Diagnostics
Infectious disease continues to be the biggest cause of economic loss for livestock farmers. At a time when input costs are high and margins are being squeezed, losses due to culling, poor growth, variability and treatment need to be minimised, if businesses...

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