Are these the cutest animal helpers ever or what? Kunekune pigs and babydoll sheep contribute to the upkeep of the Yealands Winery, nibbling on the weeds and providing natural fertilizer. Plus, they’re too small to snack on the harvest.
A recent study in Scotland's Hebrides with a large group of wild sheep found that those that were chock-full of Vitamin D by summer's end were more fertile.
Animals with four-chambered stomachs that process plants are known as ruminants. Some of them, like cows, produce quite a bit of methane as they process the food. Kangaroos have been thought to produce much less. A recent study from University of Zurich says kangaroos are more gassy than we thought, but has learnings for cows on the planet.
Looks like camels are not the only animals that can save the water they drink throughout the day. New research has found that sheep, who understandably become overheated under their thick sweaters of wool, can save the water they would otherwise sweat out by literally cooling their brains.
Dogs may not be the smartest animals on the block, but they certainly know their math. That is, at least according to a recent study, which suggests that sheepdogs use the perfect mathematical pattern to herd their wooly charges.
Scientists have determined a way to genetically control the populations of livestock pests, limiting their ability to reproduce and cause trouble for farmers.
Researchers have identified the genes and gut microbes that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. The identification of these genes can help researchers understand why some animals produce far more emissions than others of the same species.