Cattle tracking is not just a means of staying on top of population trends for large-scale farmers, but more a way of making sure that the animals are safe, healthy and fit for reproduction, at all times, whatever the size of the herd. Ear tagging beef cattle is a means of both tracking and tracing […]

The start of calving season is variable and can happen at any time during the year. But thanks to more modern methods of breeding management, ranchers can calve in the dead of winter. For most family-run farms and ranches, the start of calving season is a family tradition. A time of year that brings much […]

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I recently discovered Moses Quinby’s book, Mysteries of Bee-Keeping Explained. The text was originally published in 1853 by C.M. Saxton, Agricultural Book Publishers, 152 Fulton Street, New York, and it is really n historical beekeeping gem. Quinby was one of the first American beekeepers, eventually maintaining 1,200 hives in New York’s Mohawk Valley. Quinby is […]

A plant virus may be impacting bee populations, according to a new scientific study released in December. Although bee colony collapse disorder still requires a significant amount of study and research, this new finding from scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Emory University School of Medicine, […]

Researchers at Stanford University in California have discovered that honeybees or Apis mellifera can detect the nectar’s chemical composition and choose not to “eat” nectar with a significant amount of bacteria. According to a report on the Stanford website, “Ashley Good, a recent honors graduate in biology, led the study with Tadashi Fukami, a biology […]

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that nanoparticles armed with bee venom may be able to destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells without damaging the surrounding tissue. “Bee venom contains a potent toxin called melittin that can poke holes in the protective envelope that surrounds HIV, and other viruses,” […]

Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory have trained some bees to respond explosives, implying, according to at least one published report, that bees could be used to detect terror attacks or prevent bombs from being carried on to airplanes. Writing for Geek.com on December 19, 2013, Graham Templeton reported that “Bomb sniffing bees may […]