Dairy/Livestock

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Incidence of Endophyte Infected Forage in Maine Livestock Forage Sources

Endophyte-infected forages consumed by beef cattle and other livestock can cause lameness, poor gains, reduced milk production and abortion. The economic impact on Maine’s $142 Million livestock industry could be high. Cattle fed endophyte-infected forages could experience 34% reduction in pregnancy rates, 50% reduction in average daily gains or 50% reduction in milk production. In […]

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Survival of Streptococcus equi in Equine Compost

Streptococcus equi subspecies equi (S. equi), causes potentially fatal respiratory disease in horses, and Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus (S. zooepidemicus) causes potentially fatal infections in humans. A study was undertaken to determine the survival of these organisms in equine compost. Compost piles of equine bedding and feed waste were inoculated with S. zooepidemicus and samples […]

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