Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Reproductive performance in beef herds — North Dakota State University Extension
Recent data from North Dakota State University illustrates that beef cattle reproduction has been quite successful of late. The university’s special Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software measures the data for a wide variety of producers.

Domestication and animal gut microbiomes — Colorado State University
Human gut microbiomes, responsible for a wide range of digestive, physiological and even behavioral functions, have evolved over thousands of years as human activities have changed. In a new study, researchers say human activities have also likely had impacts on the gut microbiomes of animals.

Food Safety:

Cyber Monday? Leftover day — trash em’ if you’ve got em’ — Food Safety News
According to food safety guidelines from most public health agencies, today is the last day Americans can safely eat their refrigerated leftovers from Thursday’s holiday meal. Food Safety News outlines leftover safety storage tips for Thanksgiving and beyond.

U.S. food system continues to be soft target for terrorism — Food Safety Tech
As terrorism continues to be a global concern, the food sector is not immune to threats. Food Safety Tech sits down with FBI agent Scott Mahloch, who will speak about the issue at this year’s Food Safety Consortium.

Agriculture:

Christmas trees for connoisseurs — Michigan State University Extension
Those who prefer to purchase real trees for the holiday season are likely familiar with the “tried and true” Christmas tree species that usually appear at tree lots. Christmas tree growers are an innovative lot, however — here’s a list of some exotic trees grown this season.

Millennials in agriculture — Michigan State University Extension
In the farming industry, the generational transformation is beginning to take shape as more millennials take over family farms. Millennials will also impact the food industry as food producers as well as consumers. What changes might they bring in the coming years?

Toxicology:

Afghan opium production up by almost 90% — Drink and Drugs News
Afghanistan’s opium production has increased by 87% this year, according to a recent survey. With production now at record levels, what does this mean for the country and the rest of the world?

Offbeat:

Cats domesticated themselves, ancient DNA shows — National Geographic
A survey of cat genes suggests that even after felines wandered into our lives, they remained largely unchanged for thousands of years. Unlike dogs — which were selected and bred to perform specific tasks — cats became domesticated without changing much.

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