Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Dairy farmers use fitness trackers to monitor cows — Associated Press
Dairy farmers now track moo-vement and a bunch of udder data. The dairy industry is turning to fitness trackers to monitor cows’ health and wellness as part of a growing craze to develop a data understanding of operations.

Vaccines: Handle with care — Dairy Herd Management
Vaccines can be a tremendous asset to a herd when they are handled and administered correctly. Or they can be a waste of money and labor if they are not. Iowa State University veterinarians offer the following tips for properly storing and handling vaccines.

Food Safety:

South Africa’s listeriosis toll continues to rise — Food Safety News
With the case count as close to 1,000 as you can get — standing at 999 as of Friday — health officials in South Africa continue to expect more people to become infected by Listeria monocytogenes from processed meat.

The reality of intentional food contamination threats — Food Safety Magazine
On the heels of a much-discussed British newspaper’s article about possible risks of Russian interference in the West’s food supply, one expert examines the reality of the situation. “Unfortunately, the suggestions don’t make sense when examined, probably because the article’s author is not familiar with the food business.”

Agriculture:

Stay safe this planting season — Farm Journal
No yield or number on a check is worth someone getting hurt on the farm. The United Soybean Board and University of Illinois offer reminders for staying safe during planting season.

Motivational speaker recounts grain explosion — Feed and Grain
Kevin Saunders, 62, is one of the world’s greatest wheelchair athletes and top motivational speakers today, but just 37 years ago, he was one of 29 injured in what was known as the largest grain elevator explosion in Texas history.

Toxicology:

In a first, FDA orders recall of a ‘contaminated food’ — The Washington Post
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered a mandatory recall of a Las Vegas company’s powdered kratom products because Salmonella was found in the herbal supplement.

Offbeat:

Bowhead whales, the ‘jazz musicians’ of the Arctic, sing many different songs — University of Washington
Spring is the time of year when birds are singing throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Far to the north, beneath the ice, another lesser-known concert season in the natural world is just coming to an end.

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