Same as it ever was: Americans love their Labs

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recently released its rankings for the most popular dog breeds in 2016, and again declared the Labrador retriever as the most popular — for the 26th consecutive year.

Besides the fact many think they’re 80-pound lap dogs, and their happy tails can clear end tables of beverages and snacks in a nanosecond, what’s not to like about lovable Labs? [ More … ]

Head count: India is world’s cattle king

Americans home on the range in Texas or Nebraska, especially, might wonder how in the world any other country in the world could have more cattle than the United States.

Well, turns out, it’s not even that close. According to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the United States is a distant fourth in the 2017 world cattle inventory.

According to the FAS’s counting methodology, which includes water buffalo in its calculations, India is home to the world’s largest cattle inventory — more than 30% of the world’s nearly 1 billion cattle.   [ More … ]

Neogen reports 24% increase in net income

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that its net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2017, which ended Feb. 28, increased 24% to $10,287,000, when compared to the prior year’s $8,311,000. Earnings per share in the current quarter were $0.27, compared to $0.22 a year ago. Current year-to-date net income increased 17% over prior year to $31,320,000, or $0.82 per share, compared to $26,707,000, or $0.71 per share, for the same period a year ago.

Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 increased 15% to $88,385,000, from the previous year’s third quarter revenues of $76,725,000. The quarterly revenue and net income results represent third quarter records for the 34-year-old company. Year to date fiscal 2017 revenues increased 14% to $262,747,000 from fiscal 2016’s $231,196,000.   [ More … ]

Preventing the spread of swine influenza

With the current news topics of emerging strains of swine1 and avian influenza2 spreading throughout North America, it is important to review the influenza virus, what it can do if it enters your farm, and how you can prevent it from spreading.

What is influenza?

The commonly known influenza virus (H1N1) was first identified and largely stayed unchanged for over 80 years.3 However, in 1998, researchers identified a new strain of influenza virus (H3N2) that developed from multiple species, including humans and birds that could infect pigs.3 Since the immune system could not recognize the new proteins, the new strain was able to enter the herd population undetected. [ More … ]

Science: How ATP sanitation verification systems work

In old-timey terms, today’s modern sanitation verification systems are lickety-split.

But how exactly can a test system instantly produce accurate results showing just how clean or dirty a surface may be?

The science behind the instantly accurate systems stems from the study of fireflies and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — a molecule that exists in every living cell. [ More … ]

Is your pet overweight?

Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of letting those pleading, puppy-dog eyes get the better of us and sneaking a second or third treat to the dog or cat. They’ve already finished the bowl of dried food that looks cruel and unappetizing, so you let them lick up the scraps of chicken from your dinner plate. As difficult as it is to resist handing out these extra treats to our pets, restraint may be more important than it seems.

“Just as obesity has become a serious problem in people, it’s also a growing problem in pets, one that can seriously harm your pet’s health,” said Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CVM is responsible for ensuring that food for animals — including animal feed, pet food, and pet treats — is labeled properly and safe for both animal consumption and the people who handle the food. [ More … ]

Your nasty, disgusting, no good kitchen sponge

Your no good kitchen spongeHave you made a few extremely unpleasant trips to the bathroom recently, all the while doing something like cursing your weird Uncle Dan’s ill-advised first attempt at steak tartare?

Well, it’s probably never a good idea to trust a weird uncle’s first attempt at a raw meat recipe, but there is something in most of our kitchens that is likely just as bad: your kitchen sponge. [ More … ]

Study: 72% of those claiming a food allergy are wrong

Sometimes it is just better to be wrong.

A recent study investigated whether more than 2,000 people who claimed to have a food allergy actually had a food allergy. The result? Only approximately 28% of those claiming a food allergy were actually allergic to food.

In an article discussing the study, the study’s authors said it’s common for people to mistakenly confuse a food allergy with a food intolerance — which has its own set of problems, although they are less severe than true food allergies. [ More … ]

New variety of bell pepper introduced to global markets

Enjoya Pepper
Photo via fruitnet.com

 

Lately, consumers may have noticed a peculiar sight in their local produce section. Nestled in between the already colorful selection of bell peppers, a distinct two-colored striped pepper is beginning pique interest in the vegetable world.

Discovered in 2013 by Wilfred van den Berg of Est, The Netherlands, the Enjoya pepper is turning heads with its striped, red and yellow appearance, visible all the way through to the seeds. The unique characteristics of the Enjoya impressed the grower so much that he partnered with producers to bring the remarkable new product to the market. [ More … ]

How to establish effective RLU thresholds for ATP testing

One of the most important questions facilities implementing an ATP sanitation verification program face is how to establish effective thresholds. Establishing thresholds is not only relevant at the start of the program, but should be reevaluated at regular intervals to make sure the sanitation objectives reflect real-world conditions, which can change over time.

Rather than take the approach of setting the pass, marginal and fail thresholds at a manufacturer’s recommended levels, Neogen has looked at an ATP sanitation verification system as a way to determine what the current sanitation conditions are at a facility and to use thresholds as a way to gage improvements. The key is that they should be specific to each facility. [ More … ]