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Healthy Animals issue focuses on antibiotic alternatives


July 20, 2012
By USDA-ARS

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Jul. 20, 2012 – The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals. This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.

Each quarter, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue takes a look at some of the alternatives to antibiotics that scientists are using to enhance animal health and production.

Other research highlighted in this issue includes:

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  • Details about a new vaccine that reduces mortality and severity of Newcastle disease symptoms in poultry.
  • Progress being made to develop vaccines that protect cattle against anaplasmosis.

Professionals interested in animal health issues might want to bookmark the site as a resource for locating animal health experts. An index lists ARS research locations covering 70 animal health topics. These range from specific diseases, such as Lyme disease, to broad subjects such as nutrition or parasites.

The site also provides complete contact information for the 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed at protecting and improving farm animal health.

For more information, see the entire article posted here.

ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.