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31 May 2021
New tools to define previously overlooked immune cells in cattle open avenues for treating disease
In a collaborative study, scientists at The Pirbright Institute have identified new immune cells in cattle, called mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells....
17 May 2021
Harper Adams welcomes new chair for Sustainable Beef Production
An award-winning livestock sustainability consultant and animal scientist has begun a new role – as Harper Adams University’s ABP Chair in Sustainable Beef Production....
10 April 2021
US advocacy groups petition for FDA to retain its regulatory capacity of genetically engineered animals
This week, thirteen national advocacy groups concerned about public health, environment, and animal welfare urged key federal agencies to maintain regulatory authority over genetically engineered food animals within the US Food and Drug Administration...
05 April 2021
How do livestock farms benefit from genome editing?
Animal breeding could become more efficient with an approach that combines DNA-editing techniques with new reproductive technologies....
31 March 2021
How have livestock evolved to deal with extreme climates?
New research from the RVC explores the genetic adaptions and evolution of livestock and wild animals in response to extreme climates....
23 March 2021
NFU UK cautiously welcomes progress on future regulation of gene editing
The NFU believes new precision breeding techniques, such as gene editing, could protect crops and animals from pests and disease, help deliver net zero and allow farmers to produce more home-grown food....
15 February 2021
Genomic selection driving fertility
Improved fertility of northern beef herds is on the horizon, with more research to improve the accuracy of estimated breeding values (EBVs) for female reproductive traits....
Novel sperm imaging technique could improve cattle, human fertility
University of Illinois researchers have developed a new technique to determine the fertility of sperm samples in cattle....
26 January 2021
University of Guelph Leading Global Dairy Farming Genomics Project
Improved human, animal and environmental health is the goal of a $12-million, University of Guelph-led international genomics project expected to revolutionize breeding in Canada’s multibillion-dollar dairy farming industry....
20 January 2021
USDA issues a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on animal biotechnology and gene editing
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has signed a MOU that puts the Department of Agriculture as the chief regulator over farm animal biotechnology and gene editing. ...
18 January 2021
Mexico’s ag industry warns that bans on GMO corn and glyphosate could shrink food supplies
Mexico’s agriculture and livestock industries are pushing back on a government plan to pivot away from genetically modified corn imports, saying that the move would upend the country’s food supply....
07 January 2021
UK sets up consultation for gene editing crops and livestock
Plans to consult on gene editing – which could unlock substantial benefits to nature, the environment and help farmers with crops resistant to pests, disease or extreme weather and to produce healthier, more nutritious food – will be set out today...
28 December 2020
Meet Cosmo, a Bull Calf Designed to Produce 75% Male Offspring
Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have successfully produced a bull calf, named Cosmo, who was genome-edited as an embryo so that he’ll produce more male offspring. The research was presented in a poster in July at the American Society...
08 December 2020
New three-way crossbreeding programme for spring-grazing dairy herds
VikingGenetics has launched a new, three-way crossbreeding programme in the UK, suited in particular to spring calving herds on grazing systems....
27 November 2020
Bovine TB could be controlled by breeding for resistance
A new study suggests that resistance for diseases like TB is not necessarily linked to a specific breed of cattle. ...
25 November 2020
TB insights help breed healthier African cattle
Resistance to bovine tuberculosis (bTB) ̶ a disease that spreads from cattle to infect an estimated 70,000 people each year in Africa ̶ could be controlled genetically through selective breeding, a study suggests....
10 November 2020
Results from domestication study could enhance livestock development
Study shows that the genetic makeup of water buffalo and cattle responded to breeding for human domestication in similar ways. ...
22 September 2020
Results from domestication study could enhance livestock development
Study shows that the genetic makeup of water buffalo and cattle responded to breeding for human domestication in similar ways. ...
17 September 2020
Jump in use of sexed dairy, beef semen
Sales of sexed dairy semen accounted for just over half of dairy semen sales in the year to March 2020, jumping up from a 32% share the previous year, writes Katherine Jack, AHDB analyst for dairy. ...
15 September 2020
Beef genetic data tools defined
In any team sport, members contribute their physical strengths to help achieve the goal for the common good. It is hard for an athlete to be the best in all aspects of the game....
11 September 2020
Romania's cattle breeding sector gets €7.4 million lifeline
The European Commission has approved €7.4 million to support Romanian cattle breeding companies that have been affected by COVID-19. ...
10 September 2020
New research project at Iowa State University builds "genome to phenome" knowledge for crops and livestock
A new federal grant will support an Iowa State University-led effort to spur development of a “genome to phenome” infrastructure for scientific collaboration across crops and livestock....
03 August 2020
Brahman-type cattle may require less nitrogen, could reduce nitrogen emissions
A recently funded Texas A&M AgriLife study will determine differences in nitrogen requirements between Brahman type cattle and other cattle. Measuring these differences may allow cattle producers to reduce the protein in cattle diets by allowing for precise...
Big data used to study cattle resilience and efficiency
The international project GenTORE focuses on developing innovative tools for genetic selection and management to optimize the resilience and efficiency of livestock. (Sensor) data is collected for this research in the stables of Dairy Campus. ...
28 July 2020
Genome-edited bull passes on hornless trait to calves
For the past two years, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have been studying six offspring of a dairy bull, genome-edited to prevent it from growing horns. This technology has been proposed as an alternative to dehorning, a common management...
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