The Agricultural Research Service today posted a new issue of the Healthy Animals newsletter online.

This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural animals and fish. The January 2006 issue is No. 24.

Each quarter, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue explores some of the ways ARS researchers are working to improve livestock fertility and reproduction in the United States.

Other research highlighted in this issue includes:

  • New tests to detect and differentiate the bacterium that causes Johne's disease.

  • Hand-held sensors display information about forage nutrient quality.

  • An online database has information about swine genes and proteins.

  • A new method helps produce faster-growing trout.

  • 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.

    To receive an e-mail alert about each future issue's posting online, sign up here.

    ARS is the USDA's chief scientific research agency.

    SOURCE: ARS news release.