Monday links

July 24, 2017

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science:

High quality water vital for livestock — Morning Ag Clips
As parts of the U.S. suffer through high temperatures and drought, experts remind producers of water requirements for livestock. “A 10% loss of body water is fatal to most species of domestic livestock,” said one specialist. “Keep in mind that water requirements may double during hot weather.”

Animal health campaign in Syria — Morning Ag Clips
In strife-torn Syria, the food security and livelihoods of some 234,000 people have been boosted by a recently completed animal health campaign led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Syria Veterinary Medical Association.

Food Safety:

Cow had 8,000% the legal limit of drug in edible tissue — Food Safety News
A beef cow-calf operation is on notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because of the presence of three drugs in edible tissue samples. Testing showed residue of one drug at more than 8,000% the amount allowed by law.

Consumer Food Trends Create Food Safety Challenges for the Food Service Industry — Food Safety Magazine
Modern food trends are creating many safety challenges, and food safety specialists must be prepared to respond. Food Safety Magazine lists several trends, such as gardens in restaurants and home-delivered meal kits, which present new concerns.


Combining genomics with farmers’ traditional knowledge to improve wheat production — Frontiers
Meeting the needs of a growing world population may lie in combining the traditional knowledge of subsistence farmers with modern plant genomics. Researchers measured indigenous knowledge, passed down from one generation to the next, using advanced methods to identify genes responsible for farmers’ preference of wheat.

Farmers must adapt to changing weed species — Illinois News Network
Battling weeds is nothing new for farmers, but evolving species that are taking root in fields bring a new challenge. History shows that weeds farmers now face are not the same as previous weeds, in part because of changing farming practices.

Deputies hospitalized after being exposed to airborne drugs during traffic stop — ABC 30
Deputies in Kings County, Calif. are recovering from a hospital stay after being exposed to the highly toxic drug fentanyl during a traffic stop.


Bunnies sheepish but safe — Otago Daily Times
In the midst of tremendous storms this week, a New Zealand farmer found some particularly non-sheep-like animals taking refuge with his sheep, using his animals as convenient flood protection in a unique way.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture, Toxicology