Monday links

AngusCowDon’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 

Scientists looking for producers to participate in beef genomic trial – Alberta Farmer
The project is part of the effort to use genomics to select cattle with improved feed efficiency and other desirable traits.

8 steps to take control of year-round calving in two years – Drovers
The research is out there and it isn’t new—tightening calving seasons give producers many management and economic benefits. Even so, there are still many producers operating on a year-round calving season. Reining in a calving season can also cause huge management losses if done improperly.

Agriculture

Flooding, wet fields interrupt fall harvests – Farm Futures
Rain and flooding disrupted fall harvests and grain shipments in eastern Iowa the past few days and grain shippers on the Mississippi River said high water later this week could halt barge movement to U.S. Gulf for a few days.

Aflatoxins are present in local corn sources – EnidNews
Unlike Nebraska corn farmers, Oklahoma producers who plant corn often are plagued with the risk of aflatoxin, a fungus toxin that flourishes in conditions of heat and drought. This summer proved no different, as mid-summer temperatures increased and the rains held out on many corn fields in this area of the state.

Food Safety

What’s in a Name? What Every Consumer Should Know About Foods and Flavors – FDA
Many foods or beverages are flavored—but how can you tell where those flavors come from?

Allergens & Cross-Contamination: Education vs. Ignorance – Food Safety Magazine
Approximately 15 million people live with food allergies, according to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group. Restaurants today are filled with guests who have become more educated but who are also sometimes fueled by media-fueled misinformation.

Toxicology

DEA moves to ban kratom, frustrating both scientists and users – Seattle Times
The DEA says it will put kratom, a leaf indigenous to Southeast Asia, on its list of most severely prohibited drugs. But scientists and users — who say kratom has helped them kick opioid addictions — think that’s a mistake.

Offbeat

This Piano-Playing Chicken Will Knock You Over With A Feather – Huffington Post
French composer Igorr’s protege is a chicken named Patrick that pecks away at a little piano, creating a fine fowl rhapsody.

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