Archive for the ‘Livestock’ Category
A BPEX-funded PhD student has won the prestigious President’s Award for a paper presented at the 2013 British Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting.
Vasilis Symeou’s work, at Newcastle University, is about minimising the amount of phosphorous (P) excreted from growing and finishing pigs. P is easily leached from soils and excessive amounts can cause water [...]Leia mais
Work behind ‘Testing the Water’, part two of EBLEX’s environmental roadmap, shows that 67 litres of valuable blue water, water taken out of the available water supply, is needed to produce one kilogram of beef and 49 litres to produce one kilogram of sheep meat.
The project aims to reduce the use of blue water on farm [...]Leia mais
USDA and Dairy Producers Renew Agreement to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Increase Sustainability of Dairy ProductionThursday, April 25th, 2013
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today renewed a historic agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate the adoption of innovative waste-to-energy projects and energy efficiency improvements on U.S. dairy farms, both of which help producers diversify revenues and reduce utility expenses on their operations.. The pact extends a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009.
“Through [...]Leia mais
Dutch scientists found that the DNA of livestock-associated MRSA strain ST398 is found more frequently and in higher concentrations in the air in a radius of 1 km around intensive pig and poultry farms. Scientists only tested for MRSA, but believe other types of antibiotic resistant bacteria might also be emitted from intensive livestock farms. [...]Leia mais
A Government sustainability initiative ‘Filling the research gap programme’ is targeting $AUS30 million at land owners and farmers in developing solutions to improve sustainable food production.
The raft of research projects coincides with the release of a Climate Commission report which last week reinforced the necessity of facing up to climate change.
The Minister for Agriculture Fisheries [...]Leia mais
Over the last weeks, dead pigs have been found in rivers around Shanghai. The rivers supply water to residents.
According to Chinese government reports, 10,570 carcasses were discovered in the Huangpu river and 5,528 pigs were pulled from rivers in the Jiaxing area of Zhejiang province.
Authorities have stated that the river waters is safe for [...]Leia mais
In some areas of the world such as sub-Saharan Africa, farmers struggle to find enough nutrients in the soil for crops and pasture. In other areas such as the rapidly developing areas of South and East Asia there is a problem with overuse of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous.
A new report prepared by the [...]Leia mais
This research, which is being conducted by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the agency’s Agroecosystems Management Research Unit in Lincoln, Neb., supports the USDA priority of ensuring food safety. ARS is USDA’s chief intramural scientific research agency.
In one project, ARS microbiologist Lisa Durso used fecal samples from six beef cattle to identify a core [...]Leia mais
The National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) was developed for livestock and poultry producers to assist in determining the areas on their operations where opportunities exist to make changes resulting in reduced air emissions. This tool can generally be run in 30-60 minutes and can be found at http://naqsat.tamu.edu/. Data is only stored on line for 30 [...]Leia mais
CHINA – Latest figures reveal that the chemical oxygen demand (COD) and ammonia emissions of China’s livestock and poultry breeding in 2010 accounts for 45 per cent and 25 per cent of national total emissions respectively.
The statistics were recently released by China’s Ministry of Environment Protection and Ministry of Agriculture.
The COD and ammonia emissions of [...]Leia mais