The Minister for Agriculture recently launched a new Beef Data and Genomics Program in Ireland which he says will deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the national herd, and improve its environmental and economic sustainability.
According to a recent article, Minister Coveney said improving the genetics of the national herd will enhance its carbon efficiency, and will also deliver significant economic benefits to farmers over time. He added that Ireland’s beef sector is a major contributor to the economy, exports and employment, particularly in rural areas. [ More … ]
Neogen Corporation recently announced the availability of new genomic tests that offer commercial dairy producers essential information on the genetic potential of replacement dairy heifers — at a significantly lower cost. Merck Animal Health will market these new testing options as part of the strategic agreement between Merck and Neogen.
Neogen’s revised Igenity-Select and new Igenity-Essential testing options are the latest additions to the Igenity Dairy Heifer Program, which reveals an animal’s genetic potential well before breeding. [ More … ]
In an official report released by Trust for American’s Health, Florida now has the 11th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the U.S. with overdose deaths doubling between 1999 and 2010. Overdose deaths in the state now also exceed motor vehicle-related deaths and have led some officials to call the current situation in their state “a serious epidemic” and “full-blown crisis.” The issues of drug abuse in Florida, like in many other states, involve a mix of drugs including synthetic designer drugs, prescription pain killers, heroin, and more. [ More … ]