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(2019)There is considerable interest in how early life experiences shape behavioural development. For example, the socialisation of unfamiliar pigs pre-weaning has been suggested to decrease aggression during later life. However, ...
Identification of the rumination in cattle using support vector machines with motion-sensitive bolus sensors (2019)The reticuloruminal function is central to the digestive efficiency in ruminants. For cattle, collar- and ear tag-based accelerometer monitors have been developed to assess the time spent ruminating on an individual ...
The sensitivity of soil organic carbon pools to land management varies depending on former tillage practices (2019)The rate of change in the relative size of SOC pools (sensitivity) due to land management may vary depending on their level of chemical and/or physical protection from decomposition, but has rarely been directly measured. ...
Nutritional strategies to reduce methane emissions from cattle: effects on meat eating quality and retail shelf life of loin steaks (2019)Increasing the lipid concentration and/or inclusion of nitrate in the diet of ruminant livestock have been proposed as effective strategies to reduce the contribution of methane from the agricultural sector to greenhouse ...
Soil bacteria community structure and functional responses across a long-term mineral phosphorus (Pi) fertilisation gradient differ in grazed and cut grasslands (2019)Grasslands form a significant proportion of land used across the globe and future management is important. The objective of this study was to compare the long-term impact of inorganic phosphorus (Pi) fertilisation rates ...