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Skimmed milk -- Straight from the cow

...med milk and plan to use this information to breed herds of milkers producing only skimmed milk. The researchers also plan to breed commercial herds producing milk with the unique characteristics required to make a butter that is spreadable straight...

NASA snow data helps maintain nation's largest, oldest bison herd

... America's Old West recall a time when large bison herds migrated across wide prairie lands, 30 million strong, with the changing seasons determining their path and destination. Now, NASA satellite data and computer modeling and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) information are helping track the remnan...

British cattle give TB to badgers, finds UC Davis expert

...d. At this time, infected cattle remained in their herds and the researchers suggest that this allowed them to transmit the disease to other cattle and to badgers. "Our findings helps to explain why badger culling has had limited success as a TB control strategy," noted Woodroffe. An earlier study by the...

Transgenic goat's milk offers hope for tackling children's intestinal disease

...powdered milk and eventually transgenic dairy goat herds for developing nations, where intestinal diseases threaten the lives of infants and children. They project that the potential for even more widespread benefit could be realized if this technology is applied to dairy cattle, rather than goats, because...

Bringing the zoos to the zebras

...rning, highlighting the problem of coexisting with herds of livestock outside the conservancy that occupy waterholes during the daylight hours. By having to wait until dusk to drink, Grevy's zebras face elevated risks of predation." In March, two zookeepers from Saint Louis Zoo, two from San Diego Zoo, an...

Ocean virus identified in human blood samples

... to Vesivirus, with antibody prevalence in various herds ranging from zero to 80 percent. It concluded that Vesivirus infection in cattle is widespread, and in various studies has been "associated" ?identified to be statistically relevant but not yet proven as a cause - with abortion, diarrhea, severe resp...

Agricultural workers at increased risk for infection with animal flu viruses

...fted during the past 60 years from primarily small herds located on family farms to large herds maintained in expansive but confined agricultural facilities. Crowded conditions coupled with the co...

New partnership to clear landmines for African Elephants

...ill be cleared of landmines to allow huge elephant herds to resume their normal spread in southern Africa, Roots of Peace (RoP) and Conservation International (CI) announced today. The U.S.-based non-profit organizations are partners in a project to remove landmines sown during Angola's 26-year civil war ...

Lactose intolerance linked to ancestral environment

...eople whose ancestors came from places where dairy herds could be raised safely and economically, such as i...specially with the difficulty in maintaining dairy herds safely and economically. A major challenge in interpreting the data, Sherman noted, was to resolve ...

Scientists journey to southern Africa to unravel the secret world of elephant communication

...round-the-clock tests designed to see how elephant herds respond when specific calls are played back throug...is a common behavior in the wild, even among large herds of 20 or more. Remaining motionless seems to enable elephants to focus their keen senses of smell an...

Flocking together: Study shows how animal groups find their way

...t allows flocking birds, schooling fish or running herds to travel in unison without any recognized leaders or signaling system. The finding, published in the Feb. 3 issue of Nature, helps settle age-old questions about how animals coordinate their actions. Previously, scientists had looked for subtle sig...

Vampire bats keep out of trouble by running

...to a running gait. With the introduction of large herds of livestock into their native environments of Central and South America, these bats don't need to hurry to catch the cattle from which they extract perhaps a tablespoon of blood at a time for sustenance. They feed while their prey are sleeping, spen...

Experiments provide proof of how traveling in groups protects insects

... of wildebeests and other hoofed mammals that form herds and migrate across the African plains. Countless millions of Mormon crickets and young locusts also sometimes unite with their own kind and form teeming, hungry islands of life that devour everything in their path that's edible. Some spectacular m...

Experiments provide proof of how traveling in groups protects insects

... of wildebeests and other hoofed mammals that form herds and migrate across the African plains. Countless millions of Mormon crickets and young locusts also sometimes unite with their own kind and form teeming, hungry islands of life that devour everything in their path that's edible. Some spectacular m...

The secret lives of whales

...d other researchers have been thinking about whale herds at the wrong scales, which has been constrained by the limitations of their recording and visual observation abilities. “Suddenly you realize that the whale’s sense of scale is ocean basin sized —one song note is 20 miles long and can illuminate the ...

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