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Having a Dog Could Make Your Kids Healthier

Exposure to dogs, farm animals in early childhood cuts risk of asthma

(Newser) - In perhaps the largest study of its kind, researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden are reporting in the journal JAMA Pediatrics that early childhood exposure to dogs and farm animals is linked to lower asthma rates. The team was uniquely poised to study the question in Sweden, where every citizen... More »

Goat-Sheep Mating Results in Rare 'Geep'

Farmer: 'I've never seen anything like him'

(Newser) - It's not often that you get a half-goat, half-sheep—at least not one that survives, experts tell the BBC . But a little "geep" is alive and well in Ireland, the Irish Farmers Journal reports. The creature was born roughly two weeks ago after a goat got in amongst... More »

25 of 26 Drug Makers Will Curb Antibiotics in Animals

FDA's voluntary plan has gained major ground

(Newser) - The FDA's first attempt to limit antibiotic use in farm animals appears to be working: All but one of the 26 drug companies asked to curb the use of antibiotics in animals to promote growth have agreed to do so, though the plan is voluntary. The plan will see... More »

FDA Takes First Step to Curb Antibiotics in Your Meat

Critics say it's not nearly enough

(Newser) - Farmers have been loading up their animals with antibiotics for years now in order to help them grow beefy and profitable, a practice that public health advocates have long complained about. (Think "superbugs" and the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans, for example.) Today, the FDA took its... More »

New Virus Decimating US Pig Farms

Epidemic has killed off untold thousands of piglets

(Newser) - A plague from overseas is devastating American pig farmers already reeling from soaring feed prices. The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which first surfaced in Ohio last spring, has spread to 16 states this year and wiped out thousands of piglets, the New York Times reports. Farmers are scrambling to sanitize... More »

We Hate Animal Cruelty—Unless We're Eating the Animal

Pets, not farm animals, get all our respect

(Newser) - In America, a 19-year-old can be arrested for killing a hamster —yet we are allowed to inflict great cruelty on animals kept, not as pets, but for food. That’s because of state laws called “Common Farming Exemptions” that allow the industry, instead of lawmakers, to basically define... More »

Rare 'Panda Cow' Born in Colorado

Ben could fetch up to $30K

(Newser) - The tiny calf was born Friday with a white belt and a white face with black eyes—bearing a striking resemblance to a panda, and now one of only 24 so-called panda cows on the planet. "Ben" was delivered by a lowline Angus cow named Bella in northern Colorado,... More »

Elderly Donkey Thrives on Beer Diet

Rosie drinks Guinness twice a day

(Newser) - A British donkey is so old her owner thinks she may be a record-setter, and she's enjoying the privileges of age—including Guinness stout twice a day. Rosie may be as old as 54, but her age can't be documented. Her diet is on the record, though. "I used... More »

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