Brown Swiss Assoc. to offer Neogen genomic services

Neogen Corporation announced today that it is partnering with the Brown Swiss Association to offer its members advanced genomic services to improve herd performance and profitability.

With the agreement, Neogen will offer association members its Igenity® Dairy Heifer Program and SeekSire™ parentage product lines. Neogen’s Igenity products include its popular Igenity Select and Igenity Prime […]

The lowdown on environmental risk assessments

The environmental risk assessment is getting a lot of buzz in the food and agriculture industries. What is it, though?

“An environmental risk assessment is, in general terms, an evaluation of a food storage, processing or packaging environment to pinpoint any areas where there may be a risk to food safety,” said Neogen’s Matthew Sawyer. […]

Support for the organic food producer: Neogen at Natural Products Expo West

In the supermarket, consumers make decisions about purchasing either organic or conventional foods. Microbes and allergens are less discerning; they don’t care if they’re contaminating organic or conventional food.

In many ways, organic food producers have a greater food safety challenge, since they can’t use some of the intervention methods and anti-spoilage techniques used by […]

Tox Tuesday: Report shows drug hospitalizations, deaths up in England and Wales

A new survey published by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) shows that more people are being hospitalized for drug-related reasons, including for mental health treatment and for overdoses.

According to the survey, which was conducted over 12 months between 2016 and 2017, there’s been a 40% increase in hospital admissions with a “primary […]

Monday links

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Animal Science:

Badgers key to limiting spread of bovine tuberculosis — Trinity College Dublin Because badgers can easily harbor and spread bovine tuberculosis, researchers say it is imperative to understand how badgers move around in the wild. […]

Two new breeds welcomed by largest U.S. canine registry

Image courtesy the American Kennel Club

Two new dog breeds with names as majestic as the dogs themselves were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) early this year: the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen and the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje (if you speak Dutch, pronouncing that should be no problem).

According to the AKC, the […]

Neurologic equine herpesvirus confirmed in several U.S. states

A number of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) cases have been reported in a few parts of the U.S., including Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Idaho, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Some of the reported cases have involved neurologic EHV-1, a slightly different version of the virus with different health consequences. This version of the virus has no vaccines, and can […]

Optimist or pessimist? Cows can be either, science says

We bring you this post on Valentine’s Day, which is a bit of a polarizing holiday in the secular world, with optimists joyously celebrating an occasion of love, and pessimists decrying it as a consumeristic day of pageantry. (We’ll be generous and assume a person’s stance on V-Day has more to do with their optimist/pessimist […]

Tox Tuesday: New, less addictive cigarettes?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is enacting a plan that may drive down cigarette smoking rates within the country.

The plan would reduce the level of nicotine allowed in cigarettes, making them less addictive. The addictive nature of cigarettes is a major factor in their prevalence; a recent survey shows that three out […]

Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Preparing for the next flu season — Poultry World With the knowledge that it’s always flu season somewhere, the large poultry production regions in the Western Hemisphere are preparing for the next flu season. Or […]