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Featured article: Rumen-protected methionine during the peripartal period in dairy cows and its effects on abundance of major species of ruminal bacteria

In diets with proper balance of rumen-degradable protein and fermentable carbohydrate, the small fraction of Methionine released from the rumen-protected supplement did not seem to compromise growth of major bacterial species in the rumen. In fact, it had a positive effect on 3 major species prepartum when DMI was similar between groups. Because the actual requirements of Methionine (and Lysine, for example) by the cow during the transition period are unknown, it appears warranted to study the rumen microbiome as it relates to supply of rumen-protected amino acids.

Featured series: Genome editing in domestic animals

This thematic series consists of the papers related to recent progress on genome editing specifically in domestic animals including poultry, cattle and swine. The papers introduce unique genome editing strategy and current limitations in each species, and discuss future applications for advanced livestock industry.


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Genome editing in domestic animals
Edited by: Jae Yong Han
Collection published: 29 January 2018


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Gastrointestinal microbial ecology and functionality
Edited by: Prof Jianxin Liu, Prof Weiyun Zhu
Collection published: 8 November 2016



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Alternatives to antibiotics as growth promoters for use in swine production
Edited by: Prof Phil Thacker
Collection published: 21 October 2015

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Fat nutrition and metabolism in food animals
Edited by: Dr Jack Odle
Collection published: 21 May 2015

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Animal reproductive biology
Edited by: Prof Fuller Bazer
Collection published: 26 March 2015



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Special Issue for WCAP 2013
Edited by: Prof Defa Li
Collection published: 30 August 2013

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Special Issue for Chinese Swine Industry Symposium
Collection published: 8 July 2013

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Animal Production
Collection published: 14 March 2013

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Reproduction and physiology
Collection published: 14 March 2013

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Animal Nutrition
Collection published: 14 March 2013

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Animal Genetics
Collection published: 14 March 2013

Aims and scope

Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that encompasses a wide range of research areas including animal genetics, reproduction, nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, feedstuffs and animal products. The journal publishes original and novel research articles and reviews mainly involved in pigs, poultry, beef cattle, cows, goats and sheep, but the studies involving aquatic and laboratory animal species that address fundamental questions related to livestock are also welcome.

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Information for Authors

Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology is sponsored by the Da Bei Nong Education Foundation Program of the China Agricultural University Education Foundation.

The article processing charges (APCs) for the journal are partially covered by the Foundation program and authors only need to pay €700/£550/$860 for each article accepted for publication.


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