Technology Track

Age is in the eye of the beholder

Researchers at Kansas State University are working on a new cattle-age-verification method. The scientists are looking at cattle eye lenses — specifically lens weight and/or its nitrogen content — to determine whether it correlates with chronological age. FULL STORY »

New Johne’s Disease test developed

Researchers at the university of Minnesota have developed a new molecular test that can rapidly detect the bacteria that cause Johne’s disease. FULL STORY »

Sludge boat surfs manure lagoons

The old “poke-with-a-stick” method of determining sludge levels in your lagoon may be over. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a “sludge boat” that takes the dirty work out of this dangerous chore. FULL STORY »

Grazing by computer

Experts at Virginia Tech University are working on a free computer program to help you compare different strategies to manage your land and livestock before ever driving a fencepost. FULL STORY »

Drought-tolerant crops

It may not be too far into the future when crop growers won’t have to fret so much about summer dry spells. FULL STORY »

New solid-manure application

Someday soon, it may be possible to inject solid manure just like you do liquid manure. FULL STORY »

BSE animal vaccine created

Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine have developed the first active vaccine that can significantly delay — and possibly prevent — the onset of a brain disease in mice that is similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy. FULL STORY »

Reducing pain in animals

Common management practices can cause animals acute and chronic pain, but it’s not due to a lack of awareness or empathy on the part of producers, says Joe Stookey, large-animal expert at the University of Saskatchewan. FULL STORY »

Australians develop new cloning method

Researchers at the Monash Institute of Medical Research and Genetics Australia Cooperative say they’ve developed a new cloning method — serial nuclear transfer — and have a healthy dairy heifer to prove it. FULL STORY »

Calf formula reduces transport stress

USDA researchers have developed an anti-stress formula that may one day help you alleviate transport stress in young calves. FULL STORY »

More tools on the way to manage mycotoxin

Research is under way to better control mycotoxins in grain crops. FULL STORY »

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