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Texas Tech scientist raises concern of using beta agonists in beef cattle

Texas Tech scientist raises concern of using beta agonists in beef cattle

Use of certain animal drugs known as beta agonists in cattle production has received considerable national attention. A Texas Tech University veterinary epidemiologist has found that although there are significant societal benefits to the practice, an increase in death loss of cattle raises questions about welfare implications of its use.  more »

 

Veterinarian Honored; Tiffanie Brooks selected for ACLAM board certification

Veterinarian Honored; Tiffanie Brooks selected for ACLAM board certification

Texas Tech’s Attending Veterinarian Tiffanie Brooks has received board certification from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), as an active specialist in the field of laboratory animal medicine. The announcement was made today (Aug. 9) by officials with Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.  more »

 

Food Safety; Zoetis provides research gift for CASNR Salmonella research

Food Safety; Zoetis provides research gift for CASNR Salmonella research

A food safety and public health research team with Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences has received $100,000 for Salmonella research from animal-health company Zoetis. The research funds will help provide resources to better understand and describe the ecology of Salmonella in cattle populations, as well as discover and evaluate tools that might ultimately result in a safer food supply, officials with the Madison, N.J.-based firm said today (May 22).  more »

 

Ruminant nutritionist Sara Trojan joins Animal and Food Sciences Department

Ruminant nutritionist Sara Trojan joins Animal and Food Sciences Department

Sara Trojan, an experienced researcher in cow/calf nutrition and management, has been named a visiting assistant professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences.  more »

 

Texas Tech swine study results could save pork industry $10 million

Texas Tech swine study results could save pork industry $10 million

Researchers at Texas Tech and Iowa State University found that the pork industry can generally use less bedding year-round than it currently does when transporting swine. The change could improve overall animal well-being and could save the industry an estimated $10.1 million per year. The study was funded by the Pork Checkoff.  more »

 

Protracted drought cuts deeply into Texas quail numbers: Texas Tech study

Protracted drought cuts deeply into Texas quail numbers: Texas Tech study

The drought and a killing heat that gripped Texas for the better part of a year has sharply reduced quail numbers with the die-off of adult game birds ratcheting up into the hundreds of thousands, followed by pint-sized chick reproduction reports.  more »

 

Baseline bedding needs for swine transport tallied; Texas Tech study

Baseline bedding needs for swine transport tallied; Texas Tech study

The assembly-line efficiency of U.S. meatpackers and swine processors goes off the rails a bit for about 4 percent of the 100 million pigs transported annually to butchering day. But something as simple as an adequate bed of wood shavings or wheat straw underfoot and matched to the weather goes a long way in improving animal survival, report Texas Tech researchers.  more »