Nanoengineering to eliminate biofilms

Ever heard of biofilms? They sound a lot more complicated than they really are: surface-coating layers of polymeric extracellular secretions and microorganisms that accumulate on a matrix over time.

Here it is in simpler terms: Biofilms are layers of grime that gather on a surface, leading to corrosion and making it harder to effectively clean […]

Biofilms and water line biosecurity

One of the biggest obstacles to keeping animal production facilities clean sounds a lot more complicated than it really is: biofilm, a surface-coating layer of polymeric extracellular secretions and microorganisms that accumulate on a matrix over time.

In simpler terms, biofilms are layers of slime that make it difficult to entirely clean and disinfect a […]

How will animals handle the solar eclipse?

On Monday, Aug. 21, much of the U.S. is going to go dark during the afternoon when the moon passes in front of the sun; the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental states in nearly 40 years.

(For those of you in South America, Africa and Europe, you may be able to see […]

A Vet’s View: What’s an immunostimulant?

The immune system functions to combat foreign invaders in the body through two basic pathways, cellular immunity and humoral immunity. Humoral immunity is the part most people have heard about, where circulating antibodies serve to neutralize invading pathogens (a pathogen is a disease-producing agent like a virus or bacterium).

The other side is cellular immunity, […]

You’re not alone: Stress may trigger gray hair in dogs too

Just as stress and tough times can turn a human’s hair gray, a new study has found the same is the case for our four-legged friends. As explained in a recent article, researchers have found that young dogs whose owners rated them as anxious and impulsive were more likely to have prematurely gray muzzles than […]

Neogen reports 12% revenue increase

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced today that revenues for the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31, were $83,645,000 — a 12% increase compared to revenues of $74,860,000 in the first quarter of last year.

First quarter net income increased 6% to $9,881,000, or $0.26 per share, from the previous year’s […]

Monday links

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Animal Science

Infographic: Sunburn and Horses – The Horse Sun damage is a serious problem for some horses. It causes severe, painful blistering around sensitive areas, such as the eyes, muzzle, and […]

Crowder resigns as Neogen director

Neogen Corporation announced today that Dr. Richard Crowder has resigned as a member of the company’s Board of Directors, effective April 30. Crowder, 77, resigned for personal reasons.

Crowder has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009 and was elected to a new three-year term in October 2015. The company advises that […]

Monday links

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

Food Safety

FDA Finalizes Food Safety Rule on Food Transport – Food Processing The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a new food safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that […]

Parasite control can require pasture-specific practices

For any cattle operation, controlling parasites is critical to herd health. Cattle with strong immune systems have a better shot at reaching their genetic potential and as described in a recent article, more pounds on the ground will equal more money in the bank if all goes according to plan. What isn’t so simple, however, […]