The latest issue of the Agricultural Research Service online newsletter "Healthy Animals" looks at the agency's Rangeland, Pasture and Forages National Program plus other livestock research.

In addition to information on the program, the issue includes research on:

  • The effects of calving times on livestock production

  • New methods to control bacteria in swine waste lagoons

  • Benefits of relaxed cattle management

  • Shooting to heal: projectile brucellosis vaccinations.

  • "Healthy Animals" is online at

    This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.

    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.

    SOURCE: USDA ARS news release.