Camel DNA shows secrets of hump-backed survivor
Scientists in China said on Tuesday they had sequenced the DNA of the wild bactrian camel, a threatened species with an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions.
Methane gas from cows -- the proof is in the poo
Scientists could have a revolutionary new way of measuring how much of the potent greenhouse gas methane is produced by cows and other ruminants, thanks to a surprising discovery in their poo.
Camels emit less methane than cows or sheep
When digesting ruminants exhale methane. Their contribution to this global greenhouse gas is considerable. So far the assumption had been that camels with similar digestion produce the same amount of the ...
Vectors of bluetongue get a name
Scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG) have developed a molecular technique to easily and dependably identify the biting midges that spread bluetongue disease. Until know this identification was a ...
Selective breeding and diet changes could produce low methane cows
The possibility of selective breeding to produce cattle that are consistently low methane emitters is being explored by an international team of scientists led by the University of Aberdeen.
Llamas and goats keep grass cut at Chicago airport
Chicago's bustling O'Hare airport has hired a new crew to keep the grass cut: a herd of goats, sheep, donkeys and llamas. Yes, llamas.
Greener milk: How to make cow's nitrogen intake efficient
The amount of nitrogen that is excreted by livestock is directly proportional to the amount it is fed. This is according to Chris Reynolds a researcher in nutritional physiology of ruminants at the University ...
Selective grazing and aversion to olive and grape leaves achieved in goats and sheep
Researchers from the Research Group on Ruminants led by Elena Albanell, lecturer in Animal and Food Science at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, have successfully achieved to prevent sheep and goats from ...
New findings on the diagnosis of paratuberculosis in goats
Measuring immune responses with the help of a so-called interferon gamma test can help to diagnose paratuberculosis in goats.
Wildlife as a source for livestock infections
A bacterium possibly linked to Crohn's disease could be lurking in wild animals. According to research published in the open access journal BMC Microbiology, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (Map), can be transm ...
PhD research advances understanding on how to mitigate methane emissions
(PhysOrg.com) -- A comparison of methane emissions from three ruminant species eating different forages, with and without feed additives, found chicory will reduce methane emissions in sheep - but also highlighted ...