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:

Here’s why shade now pays off next spring — Beef Magazine
Summer means there will be some hot days. Timing and magnitude will vary, but sure as the sun comes up each morning, temperatures will rise and some cattle will experience heat stress. Producers have several ways to ease the impact, some more apparent than others.

Hard to crack: The secret of a strong eggshell — Poultry World
There’s a lot of discussion in the poultry industry about the qualities of the most marketable eggs. One commonly overlooked topic is a rather basic aspect of quality: eggshell strength.

Food Safety:

IBM and Cornell University to work together to keep global milk supply safe — Dairy Reporter
IBM Research and Cornell University have teamed up to help improve the safety of the global milk supply through genetic sequencing and big data analytics research. The goal is minimize the chance that a food hazard will reach consumers, and provide a tool to assist against food fraud in the global dairy industry.

Judge Orders Egg Executives to Prison 7 Years After Salmonella Outbreak — Food Safety Magazine
After exhausting all appeals, two egg industry executives have been ordered by a U.S. federal judge to begin their prison sentences later this summer. The father and son duo were believed to be behind a massive 2010 Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated eggs distributed across the U.S.

Agriculture:

New 3-D model predicts best planting practices for farmers — University of Illinois
As farmers survey their fields, several questions come to mind: How does altering row spacing affect my yields? Does it make a difference if I plant my rows north to south or east to west? Now, a computer model can answer these questions by comparing billions of virtual fields with different planting densities, row spacings and orientations.

Protecting wheat from wheat blast fungus, a potentially devastating disease — University of Kentucky
An international team of researchers has uncovered an important link to wheat blast fungus, a disease that, left unchecked, could prove devastating to wheat. An epidemic of the disease has already swept through Bangladesh and India, raising the concern that wheat blast may soon become pandemic.

Toxicology:

Drug and alcohol testing: An expanding market — European Pharmaceutical Review
The demand for drug and alcohol testing in the United Kingdom, sometimes known as the “addiction capital of Europe,” is at an all-time high, and the market is growing rapidly, according to some experts.

Offbeat:

‘Drooling, snoring, gassy’ Martha the mastiff wins World’s Ugliest Dog — CNN
Martha, a 3-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff, with excessive flaps of skin, heavy drool and bright red eyes, took home the grand prize at the annual World’s Ugliest Dog competition. The contest is judged based on both appearance and personality.

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