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Animal Science

New Year’s Resolutions for Maximizing Horse Health in 2015 – The Horse
Some of the most common resolutions people make each year focus on improving  their health or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Why not resolve to do the same for your horse? Here are five resolutions to help your horse stay healthy and happy through the new year.

Winter puts an end to VS outbreak – Drovers Cattle Network
The outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS) that led to quarantine of livestock operations in three states last summer has slowly died out as cold weather removes the insect vectors that carry the virus.

Food Safety

U.S. Lifting Ban on Irish Beef More Than 15 Years After Mad Cow – Ag Web
The U.S., the world’s biggest beef consumer, is lifting a ban on imports from Ireland more than 15 years after mad cow disease spurred restrictions of supplies from Europe.

Failure to Finalize Rules Delays Labels on Mechanically Tenderized Beef – Food Safety News
For at least another three years, consumers shopping for steak and other whole cuts of beef will continue to be left in the dark about beef treated with mechanical tenderization, a processing technique that softens up meat but can drive potentially harmful pathogens below the surface.


Government may consider sustainability in new dietary guidelines – PBS
The government issues dietary guidelines every five years to encourage Americans to eat healthier. This year’s version may look at what is healthy for the environment, too.

US sorghum exports reach 19-year high on China demand –All About Feed
Exporters sold 584.324 tonnes of US sorghum in the week ending Dec. 18, the largest weekly sale since 1995 and the second largest total on records dating back to 1990, USDA data showed.


ADHD Drugs Pointless? News Study Argues ADHD Drugs Are ‘Ineffective And Harmful,’ Sparks Heated Debate – The Inquisitr
Are ADHD drugs useless? In to a recent study, researchers argue that the medications such as Ritalin and Adderall actually aren’t as effective as doctors assume.


Drunken Birds Slur Their Songs – Discover
Humans aren’t the only ones who sing worse when they’re drunk. As it turns out, so do birds. And drunk birds may help researchers understand the brain basis of how humans create language.


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