The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals. This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.
Each quarter, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue discusses ARS research on ways to help cattle producers protect their animals against heat stress.
Research highlighted in this issue includes:
● ARS findings that coat color, wind speed, access to shade and breed could influence the animal's physical response to heat.
● A model that predicts when environmental conditions are ripe for heat stress in livestock, and presents the information in an easy-to-read, color-coded map.
● Findings that solar-radiation-blocking polyethylene cloths are an effective way to reduce stress-related losses.
Professionals interested in animal health issues might want to bookmark the site as a resource for locating animal health experts. An index lists ARS research locations covering 70 animal health topics. These range from specific diseases, such as Lyme disease to broad subjects such as nutrition or parasites.
The site also provides complete contact information for the 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed at protecting and improving farm animal health.
ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.