By Sandra Avant
April 29, 2014
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals. This semi-annual online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.
Twice a year, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue focuses on research to help prevent and control avian influenza, which threatens the poultry industry worldwide.
Other research highlighted in this issue includes:
• A new test strip developed by ARS scientists could prove to be a powerful tool to detect botulism.
• Scientists are studying an important aspect of brain development—myelin production—and its effect on piglet survival.
• To better protect newborn chickens against coccidiosis, scientists are putting vaccine in gelatin beads that the chicks can eat.
• Scientists have pinpointed the precise levels of dissolved oxygen concentrations needed to keep catfish alive and growing.
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 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the research supports the USDA priority of promoting international food security.