Monday links

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Animal Science

How Researchers Judge Horses’ Temperaments – The Horse
How do you describe a horse’s personality? How do you quantify it? Researchers have developed a new equine personality test that may help answer these questions.

Addressing BVD at the source – Drovers Cattle Network
Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) can lead to significant outbreaks of respiratory disease in stocker and feedlot operations. Control at the cow-calf level, however, can help prevent those losses, while also reducing the risk of costly reproductive problems. But, cow-calf producers often do not see or recognize the signs of BVD in their herds.

Food Safety

Limited Progress in Cutting Foodborne Infections: CDC – Medscape
Foodborne infections remain an important public health problem in the United States, according to the annual report card on food safety released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

USDA Plans for Voluntary GMO Certification and Labeling – Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has devised a new, voluntary certification and labeling program for foods that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Agriculture

Demand Increases for High-Skilled Jobs in Agriculture – WILX
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the demand is high for jobs in agriculture. A new study shows there are about 60,000 job openings across the country each year, but only 35,000 graduates to fill them.

Study: Heat Hits Winter Wheat Harder Than Frost – Agriculture.com
A study reveals that heat, after the winter wheat crop breaks out of dormancy in the spring, is more damaging than an early-fall frost/freeze. Consequently, future wheat breeding research should focus not just on wheat’s drought- and frost-hardiness, but also its ability to withstand spring heat.

Toxicology

The Effects of Caffeine on the Body – Healthline
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It can temporarily make you feel more awake and energetic, but it can also give you the jitters. This graphic shows just how caffeine can affect you.

Offbeat

Researchers Reveal The First Warm-Blooded Fish – IFLScience
Unlike other fish which have to return to the surface to warm their bodies before they can speed off after prey, the moonfish is able to stay at depth because researchers have discovered they are the first fully warm-blooded fish.

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