The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals at

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 examines catfish research conducted by scientists at the Catfish Genetics Research Unit in Stoneville, Miss.

Other research highlighted in this issue includes:

  • Supportive supplements: The benefits of feeding dried distiller's grains to piglets.

  • Colonial conservation: Adding genetic material from historic sheep to the national collection.

  • Barley for bovines: Two new, high-yielding barleys.

  • Professionals interested in animal health issues may want to bookmark the site as a resource for locating animal health experts. An index lists ARS research locations covering approximately 70 animal health topics. These range from specific diseases, such as Lyme disease, to broad subjects like nutrition or parasites. The site also provides complete contact information for the more than 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed at protecting and improving farm animal health.