The Fur, Farm, and Fork Post Archive
Turns out, when a website is around long enough, most of the content is buried far past the front page. Not great for a reference site like mine.
Browse older FF&F content below. It’s probably still good, I keep my website well below 41ºf.
This page is still under construction, I’m adding a few posts whenever I have a chance.
A review of the book: Animals in Translation (Grandin)
A review of the article: A review of the causes of poor fertility in high milk producing dairy cows (Walsh, Williams, Evans, 2011)
A review of the article: Leptospira and leptospirosis (Adler & Moctezuma 2010)
Review of an awesome textbook covering animal behavior: Domestic Animal Behavior for Veterinarians and Animal Scientists (Houpt)
Review of research proposal: Research: Transport, nutrient restriction, and effects on health and performance of cattle
Review of research proposal: Incorporation of Sexed Semen into the 7‐day CO‐Synch + CIDR Estrous Synchronization Protocol
Effects of Bovine Somatotropin Treatment on Performance, Reproductive, and Physiological Responses of Replacement Beef Heifers
Outside of my cringey undergrad angst intro, a review of the research proposal: Effects of Bovine Somatotropin Treatment on Performance, Reproductive, and Physiological Responses of Replacement Beef Heifers
Effects of disposition and acclimation to human handling on feedlot performance and carcass characteristics of feeder steers
Review of research proposal: Effects of disposition and acclimation to human handling on feedlot performance and
carcass characteristics of feeder steers (Cooke Et. al, 2011)
This post continues to be popular, and still has the ability to nerd snipe me. I had stubled across a random craigslist ad that was trying to sell a rooster that apparently had previously been a hen…subsequently led me to asking OSU’s animal reproduction prof some follow up questions, all with the conslusion of…maybe? Chickens are weird.
Continued review of the article: Sources of stress in captivity (Morgan, 2007)
Review and initial thoughts and an awesome literature review on animal stress. Sources of stress in captivity (Morgan, 2007)
Effects of acclimation to human interaction on performance, temperament, physiological responses, and pregnancy rates of Brahman-crossbred cows
Rocking my Temple Grandin interests at the time. Discussing the research paper titled: Effects of acclimation to human interaction on performance, temperament, physiological responses, and pregnancy rates of Brahman-crossbred cows. (Cooke Et. al, 2009)
First Post! Discussing the research paper titled: Promiscuous behaviour disrupts pregnancy block in domestic horse mares (Bartos Et. al, 2011)
FF&F Guest Content Elsewhere
We’re all working way too hard on the minutia of document control. Here are some tips and tricks that I picked up along the way to making my system leaner.
SQF has a lot of special definitions and language that can cause confusion for companies working to get newly certified. There are several mentions of “registers”, but the word register isn’t ever defined in the SQF glossary. The short answer is that a register is simply a list of all materials supporting that section of the code. But again, SQF leaves it up to us to decide what that list looks like, and each list has different needs. In this post, I’ll cover several ways to make these registers and the pros and cons of each.
Having been through one of the first round of SQF 8.0 audits, I wanted to help other folks who may be sweating some of the new clauses. So, here’s an example of the approach I took to get me through my audit in February that may help other SQF practitioners.
However, there are two parts to every job offer: first they choose you, then you choose them back. As a FSQA individual, it’s important to not only evaluate the position itself, but also to get a feel for what level of management commitment you’ll have to work with as you build or support a food safety culture. Here’s some recommended interview preparation tips that will not only help you evaluate the company, but also demonstrate the type of detail-oriented sleuthing I look for in promising FSQA candidates.
Determining whether the decisions we’ve made were the “good” ones is unfortunately only knowable by future-us. I do think it’s fair to assume that most food safety professionals are doing the best we can to make things better within the knowledge we have and the power we’re willing to use.
As you progress through your career in QA and look for the next step, you have to think about what sort of skills the role and size of company is going to need, and where you can be the most valuable. That’s more like a flowchart. So if I wanted to show relationships in a flow…boom, college micro-flashback. Let’s make a phylogenetic tree of QA roles and how they’re related.
The million-and-one different areas that quality folks spend their time on contribute to one goal: making sure that the customer receives what they expect. This expectation not only includes the actual performance of the food itself, but also the trust that the business who made it did so safely, legally, and ethically.
Hoo boy. That’s an old one. I was all excited to talk about my internship, so I wrote a love letter to research and extension. Young Austin was very excited.
For technical departments tucked away in labs or document control, it can be difficult to demonstrate how much can be gained if we apply lean principals to all areas of business, not just manufacturing. The higher cost of laboratory supplies and wages of microbiologists, quality technicians, analysts, and other scientists means that there are simple and lucrative opportunities for OEE, if only we can articulate them.