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Burleigh Dodds Livestock Round Up 
6 January 2022 
Happy New Year from BDS
2022 is well underway, but before it's too late, we'd like to wish you a Happy New Year! 
 
We look forward to working with you this year and continuing to support your research needs! 

Our New Catalogue! 

We're also delighted to provide you with access to our brand new 2022 Catalogue! 
 
This is our biggest catalogue yet, with over 60 pages dedicated to our ever-growing Agricultural Science series. 
 
Our 2022 catalogue showcases how we are continuing our mission with new and exciting content on topics such as energy-smart farming, sensor technology, fostering soil carbon sequestration, as well as livestock health, welfare and optimising the quality of meat products. 
 
Download the Catalogue here

The Importance of Water Quality in Poultry Production 

poultry production, poultry health, poultry nutrition
Despite being considered as an integral addition to healthy flock development, the role of water and the importance of its quality is seemingly less regarded when compared to nutrition and the environment. 
 
A new article, featuring insights from two poultry scientists: Dr Brian Fairchild, University of Georgia, USA and Dr Sharon Maes, Mid Sweden University, Sweden, aims to emphasise the crucial role of water quality in ensuring healthy flock development. 
 
As well as being important for flock development, water is also beneficial in relation to housing. For example, some poultry housing barns utilise water to reduce air temperature - they do this using evaporating cooling and fogging systems. 
 
For broilers, water is essential for successful growth and development, with research detailing a strong correlation between access to water and: 
 
• An increased metabolism 
• Improved ability to regulate body temperature 
• More effective organ and joint lubrication 
 
Read the full article here

Discover Our Three-Volume Collection on Sustainable Poultry Production 

Poultry collection

Looking Back at Some of Our Titles From 2021! 

Open Access 
 
Are you currently writing a chapter for any of our forthcoming publications, or would like to submit a chapter for consideration? If yes, are you interested in the possibility of publishing it as Open Access (OA)? 
 
Contact Us to discuss the options available. 

News 

dairy cattle breeding, heat-resistant cattle
New research unveils next step to breeding heat-resistant cows 
 
With warmer weather on the horizon, the risk of dairy cows suffering from heat stress naturally increases. In warmer climates, like those experienced in Australia, the risk is that much greater. With this in mind, researchers from Agriculture Victoria, Australia have endeavoured to identify the genes responsible for heat tolerance in dairy cows. In their ground-breaking study, the researchers studied around 500,000 milk records from an estimated 30,000 Holstein cows, and were able to identify five genes strongly associated with heat tolerance. [Read more here]. 
 
pig production, pig health
UK pig industry continues to face mounting challenges 
 
The chairman of the National Pig Association (NPA) - Rob Mutimer has claimed that UK pig producers need more support from the government to respond to several issues that have plagued the sector throughout 2021. Arguably the biggest issue facing the sector is the lack of slaughterhouse and butchery workers, as a result of Brexit and the continuing impact of the pandemic. In addition to this, rising costs of feed and reductions in pig prices, resulting in the culling of herds, is causing great stress for UK pig farmers, claim the NPA. [Read more here]. 
 
poultry gut, poultry health, poultry nutrition
New alternative to enhancing a healthy poultry gut 
 
Enteric diseases, such as Campylobacter and Salmonella, cost the poultry industry billions each year. With the sector facing mounting pressure and expectation to reduce their use of antibiotics, a new article has emphasised how naturally supporting the bird's intestinal environment is key to achieving this reduction. A healthy intestinal environment is key to the bird's fightback against disease - this is ultimately where disease can start, but also can be stopped. [Read more here]. 
 
dairy industry, UK Farming Investment Fund
UK government announce new farming investment fund 
 
The National Farmers Union have urged UK dairy farmers to apply for funding from the UK government's Farming Investment Fund, suggested to be worth over £27 million, to pay for new equipment and infrastructure. Launched in November 2021, the fund has been designed to assist farmers in their mission to improve farm efficiency whilst also reducing the environmental impact of on-farm machinery and housing. Farmers can claim up to £25,000 in their first application. [Read more here]. 
 

New for January... 

Edited by 
Professor Mick Bailey and Emeritus Professor Chris Stokes, University of Bristol, UK 
 
About the Book 
• Provides comprehensive coverage of the key ecosystem services delivered by the gut microbiome 
• Analysis of the pig gut microbiome and its relationship with the pig gastrointestinal tract 
• In-depth focus on the techniques available to optimise gut function as a means for improving pig gut health 

Title Insights 

Burleigh Dodds Livestock Round Up 
6 January 2022 
Happy New Year from BDS
2022 is well underway, but before it's too late, we'd like to wish you a Happy New Year! 
 
We look forward to working with you this year and continuing to support your research needs! 

Our New Catalogue! 

We're also delighted to provide you with access to our brand new 2022 Catalogue! 
 
This is our biggest catalogue yet, with over 60 pages dedicated to our ever-growing Agricultural Science series. 
 
Our 2022 catalogue showcases how we are continuing our mission with new and exciting content on topics such as energy-smart farming, sensor technology, fostering soil carbon sequestration, as well as livestock health, welfare and optimising the quality of meat products. 
 
Download the Catalogue here

New Research Hope for Tackling Tropical Race 4 in Cavendish Banana Production 

bananas, TR4
New research published by scientists at the University of Cambridge, UK has ignited some form of hope that global banana production can be protected from some of the most devastating diseases. 
 
The researchers have discovered a novel method of combining two species of grass-like plant using the embryonic tissue from their seeds. In this particular case, the researchers assessed combining the embryonic tissue of banana, rice and wheat crops. 
 
This technique - recognised throughout the scientific community as grafting - encourages the development of beneficial characteristics, such as abiotic and biotic stress resistance which can be added to a plant at a later date. 
 
Published in Nature, the research has already been recognised as another huge step in controlling the spread of devastating soil-borne pathogens, including Tropical Race 4 (Panama disease). 
 
Read the full article here

Discover Our Three-Volume Collection on Sustainable Banana Production 

Bananas Collection

Looking Back at Some of Our Most Recent Titles From 2021! 

Open Access 
 
Are you currently writing a chapter for any of our forthcoming publications, or would like to submit a chapter for consideration? If yes, are you interested in the possibility of publishing it as Open Access (OA)? 
 
Contact Us to discuss the options available. 

News 

shelf life, fresh fruit, packaging
Enhancing the shelf life of fresh fruit using packaging 
 
A team of researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA have developed a new form of food packaging material which is suggested to be biodegradable, a more sustainable alternative to using plastic and can kill microbes which are harmful for humans. In addition to this, the packaging - which has been created using corn protein, starch and several naturally derived biopolymers - is also said to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit by at least two days. [Read more here]. 
 
soil health, earthworm
Reaping the benefits of earthworm communities on soil health 
 
With greater emphasis being placed upon the benefits of good soil health, a new article has explored how the introduction of earthworms to agricultural soils can improve the general soil condition, reduce surface runoff of contaminants and prevent occurrence of soil erosion. When introduced to soil, earthworms act as biological aerators and encourage the development of fertile soil with an increased rate of water retention - a key element to successful plant growth. [Read more here]. 
 
biostimulants, sustainable crop production
Developing new form of biostimulant from wastewater 
 
Netherlands-based companies Royal HaskoningDHV and ChainCraft have recently identified Kaumera - a biological raw material extracted from wastewater. In light of this development, Koppert Biological Systems, The Netherlands have announced a new agreement to use Kaumera as a biostimulant after successful trials of the product for over two years. With an abundance of wastewater available, the developers hope to expand the recovery of Kaumera from wastewater worldwide. 
[Read more here]. 
 
maize production, maize genome
Breeding maize crops with low susceptibility to drought damage 
 
A team of researchers from the University of Göttingen, Germany have developed a new approach to establishing complete DNA sequencing of maize crops using a new approach. The new approach involves researchers selecting a random section of the maize genome to sequence and then completing the remaining sections using mathematical and statistical analysis techniques. As well as proving to be a more cost-effective method, the new approach improves the ability to recognise structural differences between genomes. [Read more here]. 
 

Third Volume on CA Scheduled for January... 

Edited by 
Professor Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK and Moderator, Global Conservation Agriculture Community of Practice (CA-CoP), FAO, Rome, Italy 
 
About the Book 
• Summarises current research on the adoption of Conservation Agriculture (CA) principles in different regions around the world 
• Highlights the emergence of CA as a key alternative to tillage-based agriculture 
• Reviews the challenges of effective implementation of CA in different contexts (e.g. drier conditions, poor soil quality) 

Gain a comprehensive insight into Conservation Agriculture with our previous volumes! 

Title Insights 

 
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