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Twinning in beef cattle: way of the future?

Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP Intern Despite most producers wanting to maximize their output, calving percentages have not changed dramatically over the past few decades and this trend does not seem set to change into the future. Dr Leo Cummins believes ‘twinner’ cattle could change this trend, and shift producers’ goals from a calving percentage of 90% […]

SAADC 2017 Announcement and Invitation

Dear Researchers, Colleagues, and Stakeholders in Agriculture and Animal Production, Following the success of The Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Animal Agricultural for Developing Countries (SAADC 2015) in October 27-30, 2015 in Pattaya, Thailand, it is our great honor and pleasure to announce that: The Sixth SAADC Conference will be held in the beautiful shining […]

University of Adelaide at Midwest Meeting

Ashlee McEvoy ASAP/ASAS 2017 Communications Intern The University of Adelaide, Roseworthy campus was mentioned a couple of times during the American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science Midwest meeting this month in Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America. Two students presented oral presentations, “Piglet creching decreases protein content in colostrum” presented by […]

Is it worth selecting for high milk production in beef cattle?

  Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP Intern Milking ability is a trait that many producers select for in their production systems, with the belief that it is one of the most significant influences on the weaning weight of a calf. However, a study by Edwards et al. from the University of Tennessee, recently published in Translational Animal […]

Yeast pro- and paraprobiotics can bind pathogenic bacteria: potential for prophylaxis and treatment

Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP Intern As we face the challenge of managing growing antibiotic resistance in pathogens, efforts to find antibiotic alternatives are redoubled. An area that shows particular promise is the use of probiotics, both prophylactically and as a treatment measure. Research recently published in Translational Animal Science finds that yeast pro- and paraprobiotics are able to […]

Meat Standards Australia

Ashlee McEvoy ASAS/ASAP 2017 Communications Intern 24th March 2017. The Australian red meat industry developed Meat Standards Australia (MSA), and opened up to the beef industry in 1998. This purpose of this program became ensuring that any beef product is to reach consumer expectations. The MSA index that is used to measure these consumer expectations […]

Queensland wild dog fences

Ashlee McEvoy ASAS/ASAP 2017 Communications Intern 25th March 2017 Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) was allocated funds from the State Government’s $5 million commitment in May 2016 for the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative. The first round of funding towards the RAPAD fencing scheme in central west Queensland was given out in July 2016. […]

New technology shows potential in fight against antibiotic resistance

Penny Young, ASAP/ASAS Intern 2017 Research from the University of Melbourne has found a polymer that shows promise as a future member of the arsenal against antibiotic resistant bacteria. The team, led by PhD candidate Shu Lam, has found a novel way of targeting bacteria: structurally nanoengineered antimicrobial peptide polymers, otherwise known as SNAPPs. These […]

Scanning of heifers key to success

Penny Young, ASAP/ASAS Intern An article recently published on Farm Online highlighted the benefits offered by performing and recording more ultrasound scans on heifers. Catriona Millen from Southern Beef Technologies Services was interviewed to provide insight. While producers often perform ultrasound testing for EBV traits on some of their bulls, Ms Millen stresses that there […]

New rabbit control roll out

The first week of March marks the release of the K5 strain of RHDV1, a virus used to control feral rabbit populations. The strain is being introduced in the hope that it will better control the rabbit populations in cooler and wet climates where the current strain has been less successful. Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, […]