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New Protocol for Atypical BSE Investigations
The European Food Safety Authority, EFSA, has developed a laboratory protocol on how to conduct new studies for investigating the presence of the agent of Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in tissues of infected cattle....
Beef Bruising in Slaughterhouses Has Welfare and Profit Affects
Profitability and animal welfare can be improved by reducing carcass bruising, is the conclusion of a report into meat quality by the Beef Cattle Institute. ...
Effects of Transport on Meat Quality of Pigs
A Canadian study indicates that the adverse effects of prolonged transport and low temperatures on meat quality can be aggravated by the location of the pig in the transport vehicle. Skin bruises were more prevalent in the winter than the summer....
Goat Meat Production in Georgia
Goats are the most widely-dispersed meat animals and have been raised for centuries to provide meat, milk, fibre (mohair and cashmere) and leather....
Global Pig Meat Trade Hit By Two Diseases
Global pig meat production and trade have been hit by two major health and welfare issues in recent months, writes Chris Harris. ...
Incidence of Tendon Rupture in Broilers
More tendon ruptures were observed in broilers reared during cooler months in this US trial, which the researchers attributed to the use of a growth promoter resulting in heavier bodyweights....
Effect of Wet Litter on Welfare, Performance and Carcass Yield in Broilers
A Dutch study has shown that broilers kept on wet litter not only had more footpad dermatitis but they also had poorer performance and defects that caused welfare issues and more condemnations than other birds kept on normal, dry litter....
Risk-based Surveillance of Antimicrobial Residues in Pigs
Chronic pleuritis on the farm might be considered a risk indicator for use in surveillance of antibiotic residues in pig meat, according to the authors of this Danish study....
In-Transit Losses of Pigs: Investigation of Hog Heart Health
Most of the pigs that died during transportation had a pre-existing cardiac abnormality, according to Kathy Zurbrigg of the University of Guelph and co-workers, and the heart lesions appear to have a genetic link. Their study was presented at the Centralia...
Helping Pig Herd Health through Meat Juice Serology
New research from Germany indicates that risk categorisation of pig herds based on serology of the meat juices for zoonoses and production diseases can contribute to the herd's health management system....
How Consumers View Animal Welfare in Broiler Production Systems
A survey of Dutch university students offers an interesting insight into consumer perceptions of animal welfare regarding broiler production. ...
Well-Being of Birds in Growout Houses
Sensors capable of reliably monitoring the well-being of birds reared in confined housing currently do not exist. ...
How European Organic Pig Production Varies
In a study of organic pig systems in eight European countries, researchers found wide variations, especially in terms of access to outdoor areas....
How Immunological Castration Affects Pig Carcase Quality
Immunologically castrated male pigs lost more liveweight during transport and lairage than physically castrated males, intact males or gilts, according to new research from the University of Illinois....
USDA’s Poultry Inspection Proposal: Separating Myth vs. Fact
The US Department of Agriculture has been exploring the modernisation of its poultry inspection system for two decades — a system that was originally developed in the 1950s and now the system is due to be revised under the USDA’s Proposed Modernization...
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