Swine Health Blackbelt #33 - What can we learn from using swine models in human research by Dr. Elisa Crisci the swine health blackbelt Dec 19, 2022

Nowadays, using animals as models for human biomedical research is an important part of scientific studies. In particular, pigs share a lot of gastrointestinal, anatomical, and pathophysiological similarities with humans, which means there is a lot we can learn from conducting research trials in...

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The Poultry Podcast Show - #18 - Exploring the use of genomics in the poultry industry the poultry podcast show Dec 19, 2022

Increasingly, genomics is used in poultry breeding to improve the efficiency and productivity of chickens and other poultry species. The poultry industry can benefit from genomics by identifying and selecting traits that increase growth rate, feed efficiency, and disease resistance. As a result,...

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The Dairy Podcast Show - #15 - Hoof by hoof: a guide to animal welfare for dairy cows the dairy podcast show Dec 19, 2022

Animal welfare on dairy farms is critical and depends heavily on comfort assessments. In other words, taking good care of dairy cows means providing them with living conditions that are comfortable and where they are not subjected to unnecessary stress or discomfort. That is why comfort...

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The Beef Podcast Show - #4 - Achieving cost reductions for beef cows through adaptability and precision livestock the beef podcast show Dec 13, 2022

Cows can adapt to different environments if we allow them to experience some stress. However, is adaptation the key to profitability? A decrease in beef production costs is needed, and understanding the challenges and opportunities is an important goal. In this episode, Dr. Travis Mulliniks...

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Swine Health Blackbelt #32 - Managing pain - what options are available for pigs? by Monique Pairis-Garcia the swine health blackbelt Dec 12, 2022

One of the most difficult and unfortunate things in pig production is having to accept that pain is a reality when we are talking about certain practices. That is why, as responsible pig producers, we need to find ways to mitigate that pain as much as possible. In this episode, I talk with Dr....

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The Poultry Podcast Show - #17 - Poultry Sustainability: Current Initiatives and Future Directions the poultry podcast show Dec 12, 2022

Poultry sustainability is a growing concern within the poultry industry as consumers and regulators demand more environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. There are currently several initiatives aimed at improving poultry sustainability, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions,...

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The Dairy Podcast Show - #14 - Dairy production in the face of lactose intolerance the dairy podcast show Dec 12, 2022

What do you know about lactose intolerance? You probably know someone who is affected by this disorder, right? In a few words, lactose intolerance is a common condition in which the body cannot digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. This condition is caused by a lack of...

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The Beef Podcast Show - #3 - From the ranch to the table: how animal welfare is changing the beef industry. the beef podcast show Dec 06, 2022

Animal welfare has become a widely discussed topic in animal production, and of course that includes the beef industry. In order to answer the new questions raised by consumers about meat production, we have been doing an excellent job at developing new research and adapting our practices to...

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The Dairy Podcast Show - #13 - Using technology to upgrade dairy farms the dairy podcast show Dec 06, 2022

Technology came to stay and changed the way we see and do things. Dairy farming is an example of that. There has been a lot of progress in the development and application of technology in various ways, including monitoring cow health, facilitating labor shortages, improving production facilities,...

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The Poultry Podcast Show - #16 - Should poultry farms develop their own biosecurity plans? the poultry podcast show Dec 05, 2022

After the 2015 avian influenza outbreak, many changes needed to be implemented in our poultry farms to protect our birds. In order to avoid repeating the mistake, it becomes essential to understand what was wrong. Now we see more clearly why it is important to maintain communication between...

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The Beef Podcast Show - #2 - Better safe than sorry: how to be prepared for the next drought the beef podcast show Nov 29, 2022

Mother nature can be tough on us – humans and livestock alike. This year, we were given proof of that once again, as a devastating drought led the US to emergency measures. Truth be said, there are limitations when it comes to mitigation strategies to minimize the impact of these climate...

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Swine Health Blackbelt #30 - How does PRRSv sequencing help vets out in the field? by Dr. Joel Sparks the swine health blackbelt Nov 28, 2022

Whole genome PRRSv sequencing is a topic that has already been discussed in more detail in some earlier episodes, with Dr. Linhares and Dr. Trevisan. But regardless of how important it is, its applicability at a university, inside a lab, may be different than its use for producers. So how does...

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