Animal Briefs

Short insights into controversial issues in livestock production
  • Genetic modification and cloning of farm animals

    Genetic modification and cloning of farm animals

    posted October 10th, 2012
    Since farm animals were domesticated thousands of years ago, the genetic make-up of animals has changed enormously. Breeders have manipulated ...
  • Is dairy good for you?

    Is dairy good for you?

    posted October 10th, 2012
    With increasing levels of obesity and an aging population in the UK, the risk of cardiovascular disease and its potential ...
  • Wild-flower meadows

    Wild-flower meadows

    posted October 9th, 2012
    Wild-flower meadows are semi-natural grasslands that have been created by long-term, low-intensity farming practices. Semi-natural grasslands contains mixtures of grasses, ...
  • Using genomics to improve dairy cattle

    Using genomics to improve dairy cattle

    posted October 9th, 2012
    Genomics is the process of identifying the genetic potential of an animal so they can be selected for breeding on ...
  • Methane from ruminant livestock

    Methane from ruminant livestock

    posted October 9th, 2012
    Livestock farming is responsible for 8-10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Methane produced by ruminants (animals with a four-part ...
  • Hormones in meat

    Hormones in meat

    posted September 15th, 2012
    The UK imports about 30% of its meat. Some is from the EU, but a large amount is from countries ...
  • Bracken


    posted February 1st, 2012
    Bracken is a problem for livestock farmers in many parts of the UK. It reduces grassland productivity by spreading and ...
  • Continuous housing of dairy cows

    posted October 15th, 2011
    Interest in keeping dairy cows indoors comes from developments in animal genetics, health and nutrition, which have contributed to a ...

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Animal Briefs are a series of scientifically-informed articles which aim to give a balanced, short summary of some of the major issues in animal science and agriculture today.

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