Oregano powder may one day help reduce the use of antibiotics in farm animals, with Australian research showing it has a mild effect on the bacteria grown in the lab from chickens’ guts.
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Livestock Group is leading regulatory change in partnership with the Victorian Government to mandate pain relief for mulesing sheep to achieve the highest animal welfare outcomes.
Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) strategic plan for the next three years has been published, with traceability, consultation and measurement and evaluation highlighted as the major investment and operational priorities for the not-for-profit company owned by Australia’s woolgrowers.
New technology designed to allow Australian sheep producers to mitigate pain in their lambs during marking is ready to be tested more extensively in commercial conditions in new on-farm research part-funded by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).
Researchers from Western Sydney University have found a new, non-invasive way to detect pregnancy in Merino sheep through the analysis of reproductive hormones in wool.