‘Dating app for cows’ helps farmers match cattle

The latest matchmaking app to hit smartphones is like many others: swipe one way for a match, swipe another to reject. The only problem is that it’s a little hard for the targets being matched to swipe with their hooves.

Tudder is an app that allows farmers to swipe through pictures of cattle that might […]

Hereditary disorders in dogs more common than initially thought

Considered to be the most comprehensive study on canine hereditary disorders, researchers recently tested nearly 7,000 dogs from about 230 different breeds and found that a lot of canine hereditary disorders are more widespread than originally believed.

According to a report from the University of Helsinki, the team tested the dogs for predisposition to almost […]

Busy bull: Bull sires an estimated 500,000 calves

Referred to as a “titan of artificial insemination” and an “industry legend,” Toystory, a 2,700-pound bull who sired an estimated 500,000 offspring in more than 50 countries, was recently laid to rest.

Toystory’s handlers were able to confirm that more than 2.4 million units of his sperm were sold and shipped to farmers around the […]

Wading through genomic data

Today, many dairy producers are integrating genomic testing into their daily breeding and selection decisions or contemplating doing so. It is remarkable to think that a tissue sample collected from the ear, a hair pulled from the tail switch or a drop of blood spotted onto a card from a day-old calf can get you […]

Today’s chickens are not your grandpa’s chickens

According to a recent study, chickens today are four times larger than they were 60 years ago but contrary to popular belief, it’s not steroids, hormones or artificial enlargers that are not to blame. Instead, it’s our eating habits that have resulted in the breeding of larger birds.

Published in the Journal Poultry Science and […]

Experts debate cost of being mosquito-free

April showers bring May flowers. May flowers bring mosquitoes? That’s not how the old adage goes, but it definitely feels like it this year. Local reports around Neogen’s headquarters in Michigan have stated that the weather conditions are great conditions for mosquito breeding grounds, meaning it might be a busy, buggy season.

In a perfect […]

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Food Safety Modernization Act: A view from elsewhere – Food Safety Magazine

The U.S.’ sweeping food safety law, as viewed from Canada.

FDA publishes a draft risk assessment of […]