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Cross-infection of foot rot between sheep and cattle

Foot rot is a serious and contagious hoof disease in sheep. New research has now revealed that cattle can also be carriers, even though they themselves are not seriously affected by the disease.

Help for trotters with breathing difficulties

Some trotting horses become severely short of breath during the race. Until now, the underlying causes have been poorly understood.

Calves aren’t being given enough milk

Calves are subjected to a feeding regimen that is much too harsh, according to animal husbandry researchers. When allowed to drink as much as they wish the animals get healthier, happier and will yield more meat and milk.

A whole-grain diet makes for healthier chickens

Infection from Campylobacter jejuni bacteria is far more common than salmonella, and is the commonest cause of bacterial diarrhoea in western countries.

Ticks kill sheep

Predator attacks are not the only explanation for high lamb mortality in Norway. Ticks are also on the list of suspects.

Endangered Norwegian livestock hanging on

Western Fjord Cattle, the Norwegian Spotted Goose and the Norwegian Coastal Goat are among the Norwegian livestock that need help to avoid extinction.

Norwegian dairy goats thrive in African mountains

Eighty Norwegian dairy goats were flown into Tanzania thirty years ago. Now there are 300,000 goats with genes from these founder animals on dairy farms in mountainous areas.