Monday links

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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:

Seasonal Effects: Winter foals are smaller than foals born in summer — University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
As the seasons change, experts also note changes in animal behavior, metabolism and reproductive activity across many species, including horses, both wild and domesticated. For the first time, researchers have now identified seasonal changes during winter that also affect mare pregnancy and fetal development, showing that foals born in colder times tend to be smaller early in life.

Pigs are wet animals — how to deal with it? — Pig Progress
Pigs are very wet animals. This has some consequences for the general condition in swine barns. Why is this the case, and what areas should pig farmers pay attention to in order to ensure biosecurity and ideal conditions.

Food Safety:

Dutch arrest 2 suspects in investigation into tainted eggs — ABC News
Dutch investigators on Thursday detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of a pesticide at poultry farms that sparked a food safety scare in several European countries.

FAO urges United Nations to establish World Food Safety Day — Food Safety News
The General Assembly of United Nations (UN) is scheduled to consider establishing a World Food Safety Day when it meets in September after a draft resolution was adopted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Agriculture:

SD farmers will harvest least wheat since 2002, also a drought year — Capital Journal
Farmers in the U.S. state of South Dakota will glean the least amount of wheat this year since 2002, when a drought cut grain yields in a way similar to this summer.

Mich. Farmer talks benefits of technology — Morning Ag Clips
Michigan produces more than 900 million pounds of apples per year. What most people don’t know is that these large quantities of locally grown, “Pure Michigan” apples are made possible by advances in drone technology and increased broadband connectivity on orchards and farms.

Toxicology:

Drug deaths reach record high in England and Wales — Sky News
The number of people dying from drugs has reached a record high in England and Wales with 3,744 drug poisoning deaths last year. The majority of those who died were poisoned by opioids like heroin.

Offbeat:

Chaco Canyon petroglyph may represent ancient total eclipse — CU Boulder Today
As the hullabaloo surrounding the August 21 total eclipse of the sun swells by the day, one expert says a petroglyph in the U.S. state of New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon may represent a total eclipse that occurred there a thousand years ago.

 

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