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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, […]

Protein boosts gains and fertility

February 2017, Ashlee McEvoy, ASAP/ASAS 2017 Communications Intern Industry specialist, Jeff House, principal of Jeff House Livestock and former NSW Department of Primary Industries cattle officer has told The Land in an interview that if livestock producers do not incorporate a protein supplement during the summer months when pasture qualities and growth are low, the […]

Australian beef in Indonesia

February 2017, Ashlee McEvoy, ASAP/ASAS 2017 Communications Intern In April 2016, Indonesian cattle importers were struggling with Australia’s record-high live export prices. Over an 18-month period, prices rose from $2.50 per kilogram to $3.90 per kilogram, and importers still had to pay over $4 per kilogram for delivery. At the time, the wet market in […]

Meet the 2017 USA Communications Interns

The Australian Society of Animal Production and the American Society of Animal Science offer two places each year for Australian students to travel to the USA to participate in an internship in science writing and communications. The internships are open to final-year undergraduate students enrolled in animal science or agriculture degrees, and are selected via […]

Current understanding of Acute Bovine Liver Disease in Australia

  Ashlee McEvoy ASAP/ASAS Intern  A paper recently published in MDPI has outlined the current published and unpublished understandings of acute bovine liver disease (ABLD) and its links to certain types of grass, fungi and toxins that the disease may be associated with. ABLD is a hepatotoxic disease principally affecting both beef and dairy grazing […]

Australia Day Honours List

Congratulations to Hugh Dove for his recognition as a Member in the General Division of the order of Australia (AM) in this year’s Australia Day Honours list. The Award citation for Hugh’s AM was, ‘For significant service to agricultural science as a researcher and editor, and to the study of animal nutrition.’  Hugh Dove was an Honorary Research […]

Chromium supplementation shows potential for heat stress management in pigs

Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP Intern New research from the University of Melbourne recently listed for review in Translational Animal Science finds that chromium supplementation may help to increase insulin sensitivity, normalize NEFA metabolism and reduce heat stress in pigs. Managing heat stress in animals is important from both economic and welfare perspectives, and the findings from […]