Animal Health and Well-being

A sheep gets a ultrasoundAnimal agriculture is dominant in Texas; it accounts for over two-thirds of gross farm-gate sales and contributes substantially to rural communities and the overall statewide economy. This is only possible as long as animal agriculture can deliver a safe and healthy consumable product to the global market through efficient and sustainable production methods. Some of the specific challenges center on interactions between cattle and microbes in the host and the external environment. Other environmental and management elements that stress animals throughout the life or production cycle can also adversely impact animal health, performance and product quality.

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