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Tag: animal sciences

Breakthrough laminitis research shows promise for the future

woman holds and inspects the underside of a chestnut horse's hoof

Horse owners usually dread hearing the diagnosis of “Laminitis.” The disease plagues horses of many backgrounds, ages and disciplines. Using genetics, UF/IFAS and University of Pennsylvania scientists have made a breakthrough in the disease thanks… Read More

Read the fine print: Who owns and controls farm data?

With the rapid development of artificial intelligence, data derived from farms might be more valuable than the crops growers produce. That’s because farmers can make money from their data when companies use it for other… Read More

UF scientist tries to reduce heat stress, improve beef production in cattle

ONA, Fla. — Heat stress impairs animal performance and health, leading to annual losses of $1.2 billion for the dairy, beef and swine industries in the United States. That’s why Philipe Moriel and other University… Read More

Learn the latest in dairy production, science from UF experts

Florida International Dairy Academy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The inaugural Florida International Dairy Academy (FIDA), a comprehensive online program from the University of Florida’s animal sciences department, will kick off in January 2022 and educate participants in the latest advances… Read More

UF cattle scientists use AI to improve quality and quantity of meat, dairy

For a century, researchers have tracked genetic traits to find out which cattle produce more and better milk and meat. Now, two University of Florida scientists will use artificial intelligence to analyze millions of bits… Read More

UF scientists discover genetic markers tied to loss of the ability to sweat in horses

Sweating is a critical tool to keep horses comfortable and healthy, but chronic idiopathic anhidrosis, a dangerous equine condition can impede their natural cooling mechanism and cause performance and health issues. For the first time, UF/IFAS researchers have identified genomic markers that cause… Read More

UF research finds genetic markers for cattle health, growth

By DeLene Beeland New University of Florida research findings could improve cattle breeding by giving ranchers desirable traits such as faster animal growth and greater resistance against disease. In their study, researchers uncovered links between… Read More

Four UF/IFAS faculty members elected AAAS fellows, breaking previous record

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Four UF/IFAS faculty members have been named 2020 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This surpasses the record set last year when three UF/IFAS faculty members became fellows in a… Read More

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… Read More