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COLOCARE: The pasteurizer for colostrum



Pasteurizer, specific for colostrum treatment, COLOCARE SERIES are suitable and effective to pasteurize the colostrum contained in special bags. The machine is capable of performing the thermal cycles: Heating and pasteurization of the colostrum without damaging its essential component consisting of the immuno-globulins.

 Photo:  Cattle in a feedlot.

By Ann Perry
October 1, 2014


A recent study conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists indicated that just three compounds in beef manure were responsible for generating over two-thirds of detectable odors.

 Photo: A lateral flow device containing a test strip that can identify botulinum toxin in less than 20 minutes.  Link to photo informationBy Marcia Wood

February 7, 2014

Botulism, the sometimes deadly illness commonly associated with botched home-canning or other stored-food mishaps, has a new face. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) molecular biologist Robert M. Hnasko, botulism today is both a food safety and a homeland security concern because bioterrorists could—using the natural toxins that cause botulism—make everyday foods and beverages deadly. The nerve-damaging toxins, called neurotoxins, are produced by a common soil-dwelling bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, and several of its close relatives. 

Hnasko works for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency.

Photo: Two cows and calf in a field. Link to photo information

By Sandra Avant

April 21, 2014

One reason why some cows cannot get pregnant may be because they have male (Y) chromosome fragments in their DNA, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study.
Reproductive efficiency is the most economically important trait in cow-calf production. When a cow does not produce a calf, the producer does not make a profit, but still has to pay for feed, labor and other expenses.

 Photo: Air sampling equipment set up across from dairy cows lined up at a fence. Link to photo informationBy Ann Perry

December 12, 2013

Studies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicate the dust stirred up by wind and restless cattle at dairies does contain bacteria, fungi and small bacterial remnants such as endotoxins. But these potentially problematic particles are not found at high levels far beyond the barnyard.

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