Monday links

Black&Tan Cows_blogDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Is BVD in your herd? – Drovers Cattle Network
Recently, The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has begun to enforce a law that requires the reporting of animals that are persistently infected with bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) to the State Veterinarian. While not all states have adopted this policy, it is important to understand what role this economically important disease can have on herd production.

Anabolic Steroids Still Issue in U.S. Horse Racing – The Horse
Through the first 10 months of 2014, U.S. horse racing appeared on pace to register its fewest positive drug tests for anabolic steroids since the industry moved to outlaw the drugs from racing in 2008-09. But six positives for the anabolic steroid stanozolol from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19 at Laurel Park, in Maryland, ended all that.

Food Safety

‘Luxury Water’ To Hit China Stores Amid Water-safety Fears – Fox Business
Nongfu Spring Co., one of China’s biggest bottled-water suppliers, is planning to launch a “luxury” line of mineral-water products amid growing anxiety in China about water and food safety, according to a recent report.

Indiana University Gets Big NIH Grant to Research Antibiotic Resistance – Food Safety News
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $3.3 million to a team at Indiana University for researching a new solution to the problem of antibiotic resistance, a significant and growing health concern in recent years.

Agriculture

As Rules Get Sorted Out, Drones May Transform Agriculture Industry – NPR
On a breezy morning in rural Weld County, Colo., Jimmy Underhill quickly assembles a black and orange drone with four spinning rotors. We’re right next to a corn field, littered with stalks left over from last year’s harvest.

Sustainable Flower Farming – Modern Farmer
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 80% of all flowers sold in the U.S. are imported, primarily from South American industrial flower farms that have a history of using harsh chemical fertilizers, toxic pesticides and unfair labor practices. At the U.S. border, flowers must be fumigated to clear customs.

Toxicology

New synthetic drugs turning up in toxicology reports – KUSI News
The San Diego Examiner’s office has a new warning about synthetic drugs. Forensic toxicologists are linking at least six recent deaths to a new generation of synthetic drugs.

Offbeat

Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? – IFL Science
Veterinary scientists from the University of Utrecht have answered the question we have all be asking, “Will a hiding box provide stress reduction for shelter cats?”

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