This website will be offline for maintenance on Saturday, November 17th, 2018, from approximately 7:00 AM EST and 12:00 PM (noon) EST. Thank you for your patience.

Did mycotoxins cause the Salem witch trials?

It’s funny how a bit of drama from over 300 years ago can remain a hot topic centuries later.

If you grew up in the U.S., you probably learned about the Salem witch trials of 1692, when over 200 people around the colonial Massachusetts town of Salem were accused of witchcraft and 19 were hanged.

[…]

Monday links

Don’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:

Disinfectant inactivates PEDv in cold weather — Pig Progress A team of researchers has reported that different dilutions of disinfectant were effective at inactivating porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in cold […]

Cattle ergot poisoning concerns raised

Marked by muscle tremors, uncoordinated movements and a staggering walk, ergot poisoning in cattle and other ruminants is now a cause for concern among farmers in the southern U.S. after weather conditions have created a growing environment known to produce ergot fungus (Claviceps paspali).

In a recent article from Cattle Network, ergot fungus is currently […]