ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
March 28, 2014
Identifying Newcastle disease in poultry:
USDA scientists have given the Newcastle disease classification system a much-needed update, making it easier to identify virus types. Exotic Newcastle disease, an extremely virulent form of the virus, is widespread in Asia, Africa, Mexico and many countries in South America. It affects chickens and other bird species, and is often fatal. (3/24) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2014/140324.htm
Improving pig health with probiotics:
A new probiotic for pigs could mean less manure to manage, according to USDA studies. Scientists conducted the first published investigation of the use of bacteria as a probiotic to increase fiber fermentation rates and reduce manure output in pigs that consume high-fiber diets. (3/27) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2014/140327.htm
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