Beat the heat: Avoiding heat stress in livestock

Like it or not, in most of the northern hemisphere, temperatures are slowly creeping up as summertime makes its grand entrance. During this season, hot and humid weather can be dangerous for both humans and animals, especially livestock, who don’t usually have the luxury of stepping into a refreshing, air conditioned building.

What is heat […]

Good, clean water: What it can do for livestock

From feed to finishing, farmers and ranchers have mountains of factors to consider when raising their livestock to be healthy and productive. It’s an extensive job, to put it simply.

One aspect, however, which should not be overlooked is water quality.

When animals intake poor quality water, major problems can happen. Pathogens may be transferred […]

Down on the farm: Biosecurity principles

Some of the scariest epidemics we hear about in the news aren’t just human infections — oftentimes, animals are the ones impacted.

But as we know, sick animals lead to sick humans. That’s why biosecurity is so important. The goals of a successful biosecurity plan are to keep animals healthy and to prevent the spread […]

U.S. set to produce record number of hogs in 2016

According to the National Pork Board, America’s pig farmers will produce a record-breaking number of market hogs this year, resulting in ample supplies of pork hitting grocery stores and restaurants, a trend that will continue well into 2017.

“The U.S. economy is growing, and that is good for meat demand,” Len Steiner, a pork industry […]

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 […]

Winter is here: Time to protect your animals

With massive amounts of snow expected along the East Coast and cold winter temperatures creeping across the United States, several weather advisories and safety warnings have been issued over the course of the past few days. These advisories are not just reserved for the human population, however. In a recent article, one veterinarian explains the […]

The perfect pea?

A group of scientists at the John Innes Centre in the U.K. have developed peas that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet. Published in PLOS ONE, this study is important because peas and other legume seeds contain several proteins that stop nutrients from being fully absorbed in the intestines of not only […]

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.

Agriculture

USDA analyzing effects of wild pigs on U.S. crops and livestock – Yahoo The USDA recently said it has started analyzing for the first time data it has collected on the impact […]

Monday links

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

Food Safety

Salmonella-tainted cucumbers kill 2 people and sicken 339 others, CDC says – Los Angeles Times The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a total of 341 people were affected across […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science

Could Feeding Livestock Hemp, Contaminate Food with Cannabis? – The Pig Site European scientists and food safety experts have called for more research and information on the risks to consumers of […]