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Category: Livestock

Scientists work to cut greenhouse gases, one cow burp at a time

The sulfur hexafluoride tracer technique allows scientists to measure the amount of methane emitted from the animal’s mouth and nose

Above: The sulfur hexafluoride tracer technique allows scientists to measure the amount of methane emitted from the animal’s mouth and nose. Photo credit: Nicolas DiLorenzo When you first learn that cows produce methane, a greenhouse gas, you might… Read More

USAID renews support of UF livestock research to improve nutrition and livelihoods in Africa, Asia

The University of Florida has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue scientific research related to production and consumption of animal-source food in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, Rwanda and Nepal for… Read More

Cattle care checklist: before and after the storm

Cattle care checklist: before and after the storm with UF/IFAS Extension livestock specialist, Doug Mayo Before the storm Preparing the pasture Secure loose objects or remove them from pastures. If possible, avoid placing cattle in pastures with electric… Read More

Equine care checklist: before and after the storm

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Equine care checklist: before and after the storm with UF/IFAS Extension equine specialist, Carissa Wickens Before the storm Pasture vs. barn Depending on the shelter or structures available, horses are often best kept out at pasture during a… Read More

New UF/IFAS rangeland ecologist hopes to protect cattle from predators

ONA, Fla. — Hance Ellington grew up in rural Kentucky, where he and his friends caught crawfish. He loved the outdoors. Later, as an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, he went on a three-month study-abroad program… Read More

New institute to address food production and sustainability at global scale

The University of Florida has announced the creation of the UF/IFAS Food Systems Institute, which will bring together the university’s top researchers to find solutions to feeding the world in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable…. Read More

Feeling cooped up in quarantine? UF releases new guide to raising backyard chickens

In the early days of the pandemic, as bare grocery store shelves prompted concerns about the food supply, many became interested in producing more of their food at home. Some flocked to local agricultural feed stores in search… Read More

Genetic study of Arabian horses challenges some common beliefs about the ancient breed

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A study involving Arabian horses from 12 countries found that some populations maintained a larger degree of genetic diversity and that the breed did not contribute genetically to the modern-day Thoroughbred, contrary to popular thought…. Read More

Florida’s agriculture, marine industries report effects of COVID-19 restrictions

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida economists now have a baseline understanding of ways the pandemic has affected the agriculture, aquaculture and marine sectors of Florida’s economy. According to Christa Court, who led a monthlong survey effort along… Read More