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Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa


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Prof Djikeng’s thinking was moulded by his childhood experiences

A researcher in Edinburgh is leading efforts to develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa.

Prof Appolinaire Djikeng is developing cows, pigs and chickens that are resistant to diseases and more productive.

Among them are cattle that have been gene edited to be heat-resistant.

Details of the project were given at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington DC.

Prof Djikeng is the director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health.

He believes that…

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Adorable and Unlikely Animal Encounters in Africa


It’s not an uncommon sight to see an Egret at the foot of a cow, or buffalo in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa, where this stunning image was captured by Big 5 Research and Conservation volunteer Axelle Lot. But do you know why? With every footstep, these large mammals stir insects laying in the grass – an easy meal for the waiting Egret. Sometimes, you may even see them riding on the buffalo’s back, picking off ticks and keeping these large beasts spic-and-span. A beautifully symbiotic relationship, if you ask us. Originally from Africa, Egrets have found their way to North America, and have a very flexible diets, sometimes even eating other birds!

Buffalo, on the other hand, have a pretty strict diet of grass and herbs. That doesn’t mean they’re not one to watch out…

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Drought, animal disease threaten South African farmers


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African grain and red meat farmers are bracing for hard times after dry weather conditions and an outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease suspended meat exports, officials said on Friday.

Cattle graze on a barren and parched land at a field in Hoopstad, a maize-producing district in the Free State province, South Africa, January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

Maize prices have climbed amid concerns that dry conditions in the main part of South Africa’s maize belt have delayed crop plantings outside the optimum planting window, threatening yields for the staple food that is also used in livestock feed.

In early estimates farmers have planted around 95 percent of the country’s yellow maize, which is mainly used in animal feed and…

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As Phibro Animal Health (PAHC) Stock Price Declined, Granite Investment Partners Has Raised Its Position by $563,34…


Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company increased its stake in Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) by 2604.49% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company bought 55,137 shares as the company’s stock declined 15.38% with the market. The institutional investor held 57,254 shares of the marine transportation company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $7.44 million, up from 2,117 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company who had been investing in Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $20.07 billion market cap company. The stock increased 1.35% or $1.28 during the last trading session, reaching $96.04. About 1.70 million shares traded. Royal…

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African Swine Fever Virus Discovered in Animal Feed Products in China


African swine fever (ASF) virus has been detected in some protein powders made using pork blood and manufactured by a Tianjin-based company, the General Administration of Customs said in a statement on Tuesday.

The raw material for the contaminated protein products, mainly used for animal feed, came from 12 slaughterhouses in Tianjin, Reuters reported.

China attempted to slow the spread of this disease by banning the use of food waste and pig blood as a raw material in the production of feed for pigs in September.

The protein products were created by a subsidiary of Tianjin Baodi Agri & Tech Co Ltd., which has operations ranging from hog breeding and cooked meat production to biochemical production, Reuters reported.

The customs administration has issued an alert, valid for six months, to…

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UPDATE 1-China finds African swine fever virus in some animal feed products | Agricultural Commodities


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BEIJING, Dec 25 (Reuters) – China has detected the African swine fever virus in some protein powders made using pork blood and manufactured by a Tianjin-based company, the General Administration of Customs said in a statement on Tuesday.

The raw material for the 73.93 tonnes of contaminated protein products, mainly used in animal feed, came from 12 slaughter houses in Tianjin, the administration said.

The case comes despite China in September banning the use of food waste and pig blood as a raw material in the production of feed for pigs, in a bid to halt the spread of the disease.

China has already reported more than 90 cases of African swine fever, which is deadly for pigs but does not harm humans, since it was first detected in the country in early August.

The…

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