Monday links

3-31-14 cows_ecoliDon’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

How to effectively control lameness in dairy cattle – Dairy Global
Awareness of the impact of lameness on dairy cow welfare and economics has grown massively in the last 30 years. Our understanding of the causes and risk factors have also improved.

Beef Replacement Heifers and Herd Expansion – Drovers
The inventory of beef replacement heifers relative to the beef cow inventory is the best indication of future beef herd expansion.

Agriculture

Maize on Mars – Iowa State University
One student is conducting a study to see if growing corn on Mars is a possibility thanks to a $7,000 grant from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium.

Don’t Call It Wheat: An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root – NPR
With a goal of making something that’s like wheat but grows back year after year, scientists have developed a new crop: Salish Blue, a cross between wheat and its wild cousin, wheat grass.

Food Safety

Federal report recommends ‘national strategy’ to address food safety system – Food Drive
The federal government’s oversight of food safety is too fragmented, with 16 federal agencies responsible for various aspects of food safety and quality, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last month.

Nanotechnology in the Monitoring of Microbial Food Safety –Azonano
As one of the most significant aspects present for food authorities and industries today, the need for providing safe food is facing unprecedented challenges around the world.

Toxicology

Long-Term Opioid Use Could Depend on the Doctor Who First Prescribed It – New York Times
Some emergency room doctors are far more likely than others even within their own department to prescribe opioids to treat pain in older people, and their patients are at greater risk of using the powerful drugs chronically than those who saw doctors who prescribe them less frequently, according to a large new study.

Offbeat

Artists Fusing Nature Into Their Dazzling Street Art – Good News Network
Street art is a staple of a city’s blossoming urban design – and in these cases, they’re beautiful examples of infrastructure coexisting with nature.

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