Monday Links

bigstock_Red_Angus_Black_Angus_Calf_Bul_5840904_blogDon’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

 Fewer heifers in feedyards – Drovers Cattle Network

While the latest U.S. Cattle on Feed report showed total inventory in U.S. feedlots with capacity for 1,000 or more head was 1% higher on Jan. 1, 2015 compared to the first of the year in 2014, total inventory of heifers was down 2% during that time.

Ohio Begins Examining Racehorse Medication Rules – The Horse

As part of an examination of its equine medication rules, the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) in February will begin hearing from various industry organizations involved in an effort to adopt uniform policies for all jurisdictions.

Food Safety

 Norway finds first case of mad cow disease, says food safe – Reuters

Norway reported its first ever case of mad cow disease recently, saying the instance was an isolated one and telling consumers it is still safe to eat beef and drink milk.

How to: 5 steps to power outage food safety – Lancaster Online

We don’t get through very many winters without at least one brief power failure caused by wind, snow or ice. Being prepared can help you keep your refrigerated and frozen food safe until electricity is restored and things are back to normal.

Agriculture

The High-Tech Highway Heading to the Farm – Agriculture.com
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has the world’s highest technology on display, and you might be asking yourself: “Why does all this matter to me?” Whether you know or like it or not, as a farmer, you’re on the front edge of a lot of the technology that’s either just making its way to the consumer or is there already.

Feedlot Buffer Zones May Not Protect Produce from Contamination – Food Quality News

Current buffer zone guidelines, which recommend that produce be planted at least 400 feet away from livestock feedlots in order to prevent contamination with airborne pathogens, may not be sufficient to protect produce from E. coli O157:H7, according to new research from USDA

Toxicology

States Move to Ban Powdered Alcohol Before It Hits the Market – Food Safety News
Lawmakers in several states want to ban a new powdered alcohol product before it’s even available on the market, but will they be successful?

Offbeat

Beer Compound Could Protect Brain Cells From Damage – IFLScience

Beer buffs, rejoice: a component in that sweet nectar of the gods could help protect brain cells against a type of damage that has been linked to certain neurodegenerative disorders, such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

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