Join Neogen at IPPE for RWA Best Practices

Please stop by and see Neogen at booth 329 in Hall A at the upcoming International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event. From January 27–29, 2015, IPPE brings a rich tradition of expertise, innovation and collaboration which helps improve the industry and we are proud to […]

Monday links

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

Genetically engineered animals could ease world hunger – Drovers Cattle Network Genetically engineered food animals could provide a sustainable means to feed a fast-growing world population, yet regulatory hurdles keep such […]

Americans spent $4.5 billion on pet healthcare products in 2013

New data released by the Animal Health Institute (AHI) estimates that Americans spent $7.5 billion on medicines for pets and livestock in 2013 — a figure essentially unchanged from 2012, not just adjusted for inflation.

According to the AHI news release, 60% of all known diseases are those that can pass between animals and humans, […]

Throwback Thursday: The Poison Squad

Knowingly dining on meals laced with chemicals like formaldehyde and questionable preservatives such as borax—now commonly used as a detergent—was just another typical day on the job for a group of 12 men referred to as the Poison Squad.

It was the late 1800s and while food in the U.S. was full of imitation and […]

Busy bull: Bull sires an estimated 500,000 calves

Referred to as a “titan of artificial insemination” and an “industry legend,” Toystory, a 2,700-pound bull who sired an estimated 500,000 offspring in more than 50 countries, was recently laid to rest.

Toystory’s handlers were able to confirm that more than 2.4 million units of his sperm were sold and shipped to farmers around the […]

USDA: Salmonella Tops List of 15 Most Costly Pathogens

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, Salmonella causes an estimated $3.7 billion each year in medical costs for Americans, making it the most costly foodborne illness. The list below lays out the other most costly foodborne illness as reported by Food Safety News who compiled the information from the USDA. This […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics – Food Safety News Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections sicken at least 2 million people every year and that more than […]

Pet reptiles carry increased disease risk for children

According to research published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, young children have an increased risk of Salmonella infection from pet reptiles and amphibians including turtles, snakes and frogs.

While many believe Salmonella infections are caused only by contaminated food, Salmonella can also be transferred by handling these animals as most carry the bacteria […]

Researchers ID third strain of PEDv

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have identified a third strain of the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in the U.S. and believe this is a sign that the virus will continue mutating as producers work to contain it.

Named “Minnesota188” or “S2aa-del”, this strain was found to be at least as […]

Wading through genomic data

Today, many dairy producers are integrating genomic testing into their daily breeding and selection decisions or contemplating doing so. It is remarkable to think that a tissue sample collected from the ear, a hair pulled from the tail switch or a drop of blood spotted onto a card from a day-old calf can get you […]