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  • AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers (i.e. pumas/cougars)

    07/31/2014 4:01:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 31, 2014 4:32 AM EDT | Jason Dearen
    Since Florida’s frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state’s vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers see them as prey. Human development won the battle, driving the large, tawny, cats to the brink of extinction before successful efforts to restore them began decades ago. But with Florida’s panther population recovering, some farmers complain the protected 6-to-7-foot long predators are once again killing their calves. …
  • Local Farmer Seeks to Preserve America’s Heritage Livestock Breeds

    06/03/2014 10:10:50 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 7 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | June 3, 2014 | Kate Miller
    Photos and Video: Karen Doyle is the owner of Georgiatown Farm, a 10-acre livestock farm in White Stone, Va. Although most commercial agricultural operations make mass production a top priority, Doyle takes a different approach by raising heritage livestock breeds that are now threatened with extinction in the U.S. Doyle, a member ofThe Livestock Conservancy, raises numerous heritage breeds, including Red Wattle hogs, Bourbon Red turkeys and Clun Forest sheep. Fight Against Factory Farming Doyle said she hopes to conserve endangered livestock breeds and help diversify the food market, which she said is negatively influenced by factory farming. “Factory farming...
  • Virginia Livestock Farmer Abstains From GMOs and Antibiotics

    05/29/2014 6:03:11 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 9 replies
    Virginia Free Citizens ^ | May 20, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Continuing series on small farms in Virginia from Virginia Free Citizen: Photos/Video Karen Doyle, a small livestock farmer in White Stone, Va., made a conscious decision to keep her livestock free of GMOs and antibiotics when she started Georgiatown Farms almost five years ago. This requires Doyle to embark on a two and a half hour road trip to Maryland to buy the special feed from the Amish. She said most farmers aren’t willing to put in that much effort, but for her, it’s a matter of health safety and animal welfare. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are genetically engineered...
  • Ariz. bill allowing ranchers to kill wolves also vetoed

    04/25/2014 7:54:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun, ^ | April 23, 2014
    Gov. Jan Brewer will not give ranchers and their employees permission to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves on federal lands. The measure vetoed Tuesday was crafted by Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford. She has been a vocal foe of the program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the wolves into sections of Arizona and New Mexico, saying they are endangering not only cattle but also pets and children. SB1211 would have spelled out that ranchers could “take” a wolf — legalese for killing — that was killing, wounding or biting livestock. It also would have legalized a guard...
  • Ethanol Impact on Feed Prices

    04/21/2014 6:37:22 PM PDT · by Walt Griffith · 20 replies
    American Cattleman ^ | Renewable Fuels Association
    Ethanol Impact on Feed Prices Written By: Renewable Fuels Association Fueled by its desire for conflict, and a well-funded and organized public relations blitz by food and livestock industries, the media has spent a great deal of time in the past two years trying to portray an epic battle between America’s need for renewable alternatives to gasoline and its role as breadbasket to world. Despite unsupported and hysterical claims, the battle between ethanol production and food and feed resources is not a battle at all. In fact, it is a symbiotic relationship that promises to provide long term financial gain...
  • Arizona House Passes Bill Allowing Self-Defense Killing Of Endangered Wolves

    04/16/2014 9:44:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    KRWG News ^ | April 16, 2014
    The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a Senate bill allowing ranchers to kill endangered wolves in self-defense. Senate Bill 1211 would allow livestock owners to kill a Mexican gray wolf if one was caught attacking livestock or a person. Wildlife activists say the bill violates the federal Endangered Species Act. But a staff attorney says the bill has been watered down and now meets constitutional requirements.
  • Wildlife service suspends plan to allow killing of gray wolves

    02/09/2014 1:56:19 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 8, 2014
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has backed off plans to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list. ... The government plan would have allowed gray wolves in the lower 48 United States to be hunted or killed. They have been under federal protection since 1967. The Mexican gray wolf, found only in the Southwest, retains protection.
  • Culprit in Mysterious Elk Deaths Found

    11/08/2013 8:37:22 AM PST · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    Life Science vai Yahoo ^ | 11/7/13 | Benjamin Radford
    A hunter stumbled upon a bizarre sight on a 75,000-acre ranch north of Las Vegas, N.M., on Aug. 27: the remains of more than 100 dead elk. Livestock deaths are not unusual, but so many animals dying off, and doing so in what seems to be under 24 hours, was puzzling to scientists. Related StoriesOfficials with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish investigated the mysterious elk deaths and ruled out several possible causes for the elk deaths, including poachers, anthrax, lightning strikes, epizootic hemorrhagic disease (an often-fatal virus known to affect deer and other ruminants), botulism, poisonous plants,...
  • (Poetic Justice) At Least 125 Palestinians Injured While Torturing Livestock Animals in Gaza

    10/16/2013 7:39:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Israel Today ^ | Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | Israel Today Staff
    Palestinians Injured While Torturing Cattle At least 125 Palestinians in Gaza were wounded while torturing and slaughtering cattle in the streets as part of the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha, Palestinian media reported. Gaza has five official slaughterhouses, but wait times were hours long, so a great many Gazans decided to do their own public butchering for the holiday, which is typically accompanied by much feasting. But, as videos and pictures posted to the Internet revealed, many of the Palestinians did not contend themselves to simply slaughtering the animals, but first engaged in what can only be described as...
  • Spring snow: Thousands of animals feared dead

    03/25/2013 4:28:16 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 25 March 2013 | anon
    Farmers fear that thousands of sheep and cattle have died in the snow that has hit in recent days. Northern Ireland farmer Catherine Crawford said: "There are hundreds of farmers who have sheep buried." "We are very, very, anxious," said Carolyn Lamb from NFU Scotland, who added that the full toll would not be known until the snow melted. The NFU said hundreds of animals were lost in England and Wales, with Cumbria and Shropshire worst hit. "There are animals going to die here and are dying; we need help out in the rural areas," said Ms Crawford. ...
  • Homesteading Thread #1, In Honor of Granny

    12/30/2012 6:33:21 PM PST · by teenyelliott · 260 replies
    billyjoesfoodfarm ^ | 12/30/2012 | me
    So, I'm sure at least one person here on FR has wondered what happened to me, maybe two of you. Before I really really stopped posting, many of us had discussed the possibility, and or the desire, to get out of the city to our own little homesteads and try to grow some food, for security, for peace of mind, for whatever reason.Well, my family did it.Two years ago we made the jump. We bought a place in the country, and have spent the past couple of years setting up our little homestead. We have a big garden, many chickens,...
  • Great Lakes wolves up for hunting season

    10/11/2012 3:10:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 10, 2012
    <p>Madison, Wis. -- For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures. The tables are about to turn there.</p>
  • VISUALIZATION: Do You Live Near an Infectious Human-Animal Disease Hotspot?

    07/05/2012 9:17:06 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | JUL 5, 2012 6:51 AM | Gizmodo
    Most emerging human diseases come from animals. This map, created by the International Livestock Research Institute, shows the geographical locations of events where a disease has crossed over from animals to humans. Do you live near a hotspot? The entire study, which is published by the ILRI and its partners, found that just 13 zoonoses—the name given to diseases which are capable of being transferred between species—are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year. While they used to be concentrated in Europe and the US, the majority of new events tend to be...
  • Nebraska lawmakers question EPA's aerial livestock surveillance

    05/30/2012 6:59:43 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 30, 2012 | Staff
    A bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers is pressing EPA Director Lisa Jackson to answer questions about privacy issues and other concerns after the agency used aerial surveillance to monitor livestock operations over their home state of Nebraska. “Farmers and ranchers in Nebraska pride themselves in the stewardship of our state’s natural resources. As you might imagine, this practice has resulted in privacy concerns among our constituents and raises several questions,” says the letter signed by Republican Reps. Adrian Smith, Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry, as well as Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson and GOP Sen. Mike Johanns. Smith, co-chairman of...
  • Keep Food Reserves Safe In A Crisis

    11/14/2011 5:03:54 PM PST · by Kartographer · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Wichita Observer ^ | 10/14/11 | Peggy Layton
    If you have food reserves, I caution you to take stock of your current situation and decide where you should keep your emergency food. Some of the food you purchase needs to be rotated, such as canned goods, dried eggs, powdered milk and perishables like winter squash, potatoes and other vegetables. The food with the shortest shelf life needs to be accessible so it can be rotated and used faster. I suggest you keep long-term food storage in a room that has a lock and key. It might be necessary to lock it with a dead bolt. Hide an extra...
  • Dog-eating Carnival Banned in E China

    09/21/2011 10:19:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    CRIENGLISH ^ | 2011-09-21
    A dog-eating carnival that derived from a 600-year-old tradition in an east China township has been banned following a wave of public fury, said an official Wednesday. The government stopped the dog-eating carnival held in every October in Qianxi Township, Jinhua City in Zhejiang Province due to resentment voiced on the Internet as well as increasing discontent among villagers, said Zhang Jianhong, a township official. Dogs are slaughtered and skinned in the streets in recent years in Qianxi when an annual commodity fair is held in October, which sparked fierce condemnation after the cruelty was exposed online prior to this...
  • 6 reasons Why Even Skeptics Should Prepare

    08/23/2011 8:51:08 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    Survival Cache ^ | Lisa Bedford
    Here are 6 irrefutable reasons 1. Unemployment 2. Economic Armageddon 3. Natural Disasters 4. For your loved ones and those who depend on you 5. You’re not sixteen anymore 6. Don’t worry. You won’t look stupid
  • Price of Field Corn at an All-Time High

    06/09/2011 8:23:00 AM PDT · by Qbert · 39 replies
    WHAG-TV via MSNBC ^ | 6/8/2011 | WHAG-TV
    FREDERICK, MD - One local industry that is peaking during this down economy is field corn. According to the Maryland Office of Economic Development, the price of a bushel of the cash crop is the highest its ever been. Eddie Mercer's 4,500 acre farm has been his livelihood for nearly 45 years and he says he has never seen the price of corn reach this level. "This is the ultimate high," says Eddie Mercer, President and Owner of Eddie Mercer Agri-Services Inc. "The most time we've ever sold corn is maybe in the $5, but never in the $8 range."...
  • Chicken killing students kicked off team

    03/31/2011 2:22:04 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 48 replies
    upi ^ | March. 31, 2011
    BENBROOK, Texas - Officials with a Texas high school said two players were kicked off the baseball team after allegedly sacrificing live chickens on the ball field. Administrators at Western Hills High School in Benbrook declined to identify the students but said they were removed from the team for the remainder of the year and disciplined for allegedly sacrificing the chickens, which may have been baby chicks, on the school's field, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported Thursday. Bobby McIntire, the school's baseball coach, said he has not spoken to the students and does not know the motivation behind their...
  • Combat climate change with less gassy diet for cows: study

    09/10/2010 12:52:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/10/10 | AFP
    NAIROBI (AFP) – Climate change can be curbed by changing the diet of livestock, whose feed crops, farting, belching and manure contribute a fifth of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions, a new study said Friday. The study by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) said livestock risk growing as global demand for meat and milk surges and recommended simple steps to curb livestock-related greenhouse gas emissions. It recommended using more nutritious pasture grasses, supplementing diets with crop residues, restoring degraded grazing lands and adopting more productive breeds, among other simple measures for tropical countries. ... The scientists said the burden...
  • Eat less meat, stop global warming?

    03/23/2010 9:25:17 PM PDT · by Anthony Rodriguez · 13 replies · 422+ views
    3/22/10 | Anthony Roriguez
    They have really done it this time, they messed with the cars, the way we throw things away, and even how we use electronics. Now the U.N. is messing with our food, and not just any food group, our meat. Humans are naturally carnivorous, which for all you language buffs out there, we like to eat meat and lots of it. In fact, the average American consumes about 41lbs a year. That’s not easy to quit cold turkey (hahaha get it). The U.N. claims that there is a large connection between cattle farming and green house gases. Campaigns have been...
  • Wolf attacks on Montana livestock spike in '09

    01/14/2010 4:28:48 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies · 1,263+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 14, 2010
    Gray wolves killed livestock in Montana at the rate of an animal per day in 2009, stirring a backlash against the predators in rural areas and depleting a program that compensates ranchers for their losses. The sharp increase over 2008 livestock losses... Such attacks — plus elk herd declines blamed on wolves in parts of Montana and neighboring Idaho — have renewed calls by many ranchers and hunters to reduce the predator's population. "... They'll go out and hamstring a bunch of animals just for fun," wolves attract particular disdain because of their viciousness — many killed animals are left...
  • Ranching, recreation collide in the great outdoors

    11/28/2009 4:13:30 PM PST · by missycocopuffs · 123 replies · 3,290+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 27, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi
    Reporting from Camp Hale, Colo. - As soon as Renee Legro saw the sheep, she screamed. The herd, 1,300 strong, has been coming for 30 years to graze in this valley on the backside of the Continental Divide. But as Colorado has become an adventure sports destination, the once-empty valley has filled with hikers, campers and mountain bikers like Legro, and she was about to tragically embody the collision of the old West with the new. Legro, 33, screamed because she knew what came with the herd -- guard dogs. Shortly after she rolled down a hill and came upon...
  • Bizarre calf mutilations found on Colorado ranch

    11/27/2009 1:08:52 PM PST · by rellimpank · 29 replies · 1,770+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 27 nov 09
    SAN LUIS, Colo.—A creepy string of calf mutilations in southern Colorado has a rancher and sheriff's officials mystified. Four calves were found dead in a pasture just north of the New Mexico state line in recent weeks. The dead calves had their skins peeled back and organs cleared from the rib cage. One calf had its tongue removed. But rancher Manuel Sanchez has found no signs of human attackers, such as footprints or ATV tracks. And there are no signs of an animal attack by a coyote or mountain lion. Usually predators leave pools of blood or drag marks from...
  • Veterinarians get crucial livestock medicine

    11/20/2009 3:36:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 221+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jason Douglas, USA
    Iraqi veterinarians inspect recently-acquired medical supplies at the Kirkuk Agricultural Department, Nov. 17. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, distributed the medical supplies, including antibiotics and vaccinations, to Iraqi veterinarians from around Kirkuk province. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Douglas, 1st Cavalry Division. KIRKUK — In an effort to improve veterinary services and increase agricultural production, U.S. Soldiers distributed medical supplies to Iraqi veterinarians here, Nov. 17. Agriculture, agribusiness and related industries comprise the majority of the economic activity in this province, according to the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team. Northern Iraq relies heavily on the success of its...
  • Livestock and Climate Change

    11/01/2009 8:21:32 AM PST · by ricks_place · 30 replies · 773+ views
    Worldwatch Institute ^ | 11/1/09 | Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang
    Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change are...cows, pigs, and chickens? The environmental impact of the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food has been vastly underestimated, and in fact accounts for at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases (GHGs), according to Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, co-authors of "Livestock and Climate Change". A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock's Long Shadow, estimates that 18 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions are attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry. But recent analysis...
  • Federal officials kill two wolves linked to killing eastern Oregon livestock

    09/07/2009 4:13:57 PM PDT · by crazyhorse691 · 13 replies · 1,080+ views
    OregonLive ^ | Saturday September 05, 2009 | Allan Brettman
    U.S. Department of Agriculture officials shot and killed two wolves today that were linked to five attacks on livestock in the Keating Valley area of Baker County. The wolves were shot after nonlethal efforts failed to keep them from killing livestock again. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife then authorized Agriculture's Wildlife Services to kill the animals, one of which was wearing a tracking collar, from a fixed-wing aircraft. "It's unfortunate that we got to this step," Russ Morgan, wolf coordinator for Fish and Wildlife, said in a news release, "but these wolves continued to kill livestock despite our...
  • Boise environmental group loses grazing challenge

    09/03/2009 6:59:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 943+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 09/02/2009
    A federal judge has sided with managers of northern Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest and against an environmental group that challenged livestock grazing in the forest. Boise-based Western Watersheds Project filed suit over a 2005 revision to the forest management plan... U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer ruled Monday that forest managers did as the law required -- they took a "hard look" at the environmental consequences of the forest plan.
  • The "Dog Days" of Summer: Dog Meat in Korea

    07/14/2009 11:35:34 PM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 12 replies · 652+ views
    Beyond Koreafornia Cooking ^ | July 14, 2009 | Tamar1973
    I don't need a calendar to know it's summer. I know it's summer time when newspapers and blogs worldwide start discussing, analyzing and criticizing Korea's history and ongoing medicinal consumption of boshintang (dog meat soup). A blogger for the LA Times newspaper posted a blog about the ongoing debate in South Korea over the consumption of dog meat. Members of a South Korean animal rights group called Coexistence for Animal Rights on Earth along with an American animal rights group called In Defense of Animals (IDA), sponsored a protest asking the South Korean government to make the killing of dogs...
  • Chicken man on guard against meddlesome government

    07/04/2009 7:00:03 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 5 replies · 542+ views
    Journalstar.com ^ | 7-4-2009 | Art Hovey
    There were lots of plausible presences at the La Vista Embassy Suites to oppose what many see as the worst livestock impacts of the federal government’s National Animal Identification System. The skeptical manager of the Bassett Livestock Auction, the indignant rancher from Valentine, the long-suffering hog producer from Minnesota — all seemed to have an obvious place in June 30 proceedings aimed at overhauling the program’s most objectionable features. Chris Bambery of Lincoln, proud owner of two chickens on Sumner Street and promoter of what he describes as “backyard chicken PowerPoint presentations,” didn’t blend in as easily. But it turns...
  • Oregon woman obsessed with rabbits arrested again

    06/18/2009 9:07:16 AM PDT · by MAD-AS-HELL · 11 replies · 607+ views
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Washington County's "Bunny Lady" is back in the hutch after violating a court order banning her from owning animals for five years. Miriam Sakewitz, 47, was arrested Tuesday at a hotel in the Portland suburb of Tigard after an employee reported finding rabbits hopping around in her room. Problems for Sakewitz started in October 2006 when police in Hillsboro, about 15 miles west of Portland, found and confiscated nearly 250 rabbits in her home, including about 100 dead ones in freezers and refrigerators.
  • New Jersey Man Sentenced for Abandoning Bunny in Woods

    04/29/2009 8:18:01 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 93 replies · 2,167+ views
    FREEHOLD, N.J. — A New Jersey man who abandoned his family's pet rabbit in the woods behind his home was barred from owning animals for five years. Jong Park was also fined $500 after he pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge in Marlboro Township Municipal Court Wednesday. Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Police Chief Victor Amato filed charges after Park admitted releasing the 1-year-old bunny named Hope because she had outgrown her cage.
  • Antibiotic ban on livestock may hurt U.S. food safety

    03/25/2009 9:32:50 AM PDT · by Abathar · 20 replies · 746+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 03/24/09 | Christopher Doering
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill that would ban the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in animals would hurt the health of livestock and poultry while compromising efforts to protect the safety of the country's food supply, the leader of the largest U.S. farm group said on Tuesday. Bob Stallman, president of the 6 million-member American Farm Bureau Federation, said in a letter to Congress that its members "carefully, judiciously and according to label instructions" use antibiotics to treat, prevent and control disease in animals. "Antibiotic use in animals does not pose a serious public health threat," said Stallman, who urged lawmakers...
  • Dogs do in chickens at center of Worthington controversy ("I want his world to be bunnies..")

    02/10/2009 8:35:27 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 29 replies · 876+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | Dean Narciso | Dean Narciso
    Dogs do in chickens at center of Worthington controversy Tuesday, Dean Narciso 3:21 PM By Dean Narciso THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Lael Weyenberg stands outside the chicken coop in her backyard in Worthington. Chris Russell | Dispatch Lael Weyenberg stands outside the chicken coop in her backyard in Worthington. Hillary, Veronica and Cindi are dead. The backyard chickens -- the subjects of a neighborhood pecking match that spilled over into a packed Worthington City Council debate last month -- fell prey to two loose dogs on Sunday, police said. Lael Weyenberg and her husband, Andrew Rozmiarek, returned from a friend's house...
  • (700)Starving Piglets Fed to Zimbabwean Crocodiles, Weekblad Says

    02/03/2009 8:50:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 503+ views
    Bloomberg | 2/3/09 | Carli Lourens
    Starving Piglets Fed to Zimbabwean Crocodiles, Weekblad Says Per FR Policy, no posting of Bloomberg. The Bloomberg article cites another newspaper for the story. It says Zimbabwean farmers have no food for their livestock and one farmer fed 700 piglets to crocodiles and 250 breeding sows, so they wouldn't starve to death.
  • City Folk Flock To Raise Small Livestock At Home

    01/10/2009 1:10:37 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 73 replies · 9,889+ views
    npr ^ | January 10, 2009
    If you picked up a carton of eggs at the store this week, they probably set you back about $1 or $1.50. The organic, cage-free kind costs more like $3. But some urban and suburbanites are skipping the store entirely when it comes to things like eggs and honey and turning instead to their own backyards. Whether from tighter food budgets or local-eating ideals, more and more people are petitioning their cities to allow small animal husbandry.
  • New Gas Tax

    12/17/2008 10:35:45 AM PST · by foutsc · 3 replies · 415+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 17 Dec 08 | fouts
    First it was California city slickers escaping to the Mountain West, finding to their shock and horror that livestock lived there, and then demanding the offensive creatures be banned. Now comes the EPA of President George Bush, Republican of Texas, with their plan to tax cow and hog farts. Sounds funny, but it could run some ranchers out of business. It also reminded me of that famous anonymous Tax Poem.The Tax Poem Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he’s fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work,...
  • Domestic horses being abandoned

    12/02/2008 9:03:12 AM PST · by B4Ranch · 58 replies · 1,427+ views
    www.upi.com ^ | Dec. 1, 2008 | na
    RENO, Nev., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Authorities in Nevada say an increasing number of domestic horses are being abandoned by their owners because of the worsening economy. The horses are being turned loose to fend for themselves, but lack of survival skills and often end up being killed by predators, hit by cars or dying of starvation, said Darrell Peterson, a brand inspector for the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Abandoned domestic horses have little chance of being adopted by wild bands of horses and often are attacked by them, said Peterson, noting he has picked up six domestic horses in...
  • Sheep Rules the Roost, er Home

    Who said sheep are just followers, never making their own way in this big, bold world. Check out this story about Nick Boing, the sheep that rules his owner’s home. (The animal, named Nick Boing, has a purpose-built bungalow in the back garden, but prefers to spend his evenings watching television in the family home.
  • An Udder Disgrace

    06/22/2008 7:23:22 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 163+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    <p>When we think of Wisconsin, we think of it as the nation's Heartland -- a placid place where you can park your car anywhere and leave it unlocked, with the key in the ignition, knowing that no matter how long you're gone, when you return your car will be covered with cheese.</p>
  • Killer Ravens Attack Livestock

    05/04/2008 7:51:24 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 185+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-4-2008 | Bonnie Malkin
    Killer ravens attack livestock By Bonnie Malkin Last Updated: 8:34PM BST 04/05/2008 Deadly attacks by large groups of ravens on young livestock are on the increase, farmers have warned. Lambs, calves and sheep are being targeted across Britain, but especially in Scotland and Wales. The ravens flock together to attack their victims in scenes which some describe as reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film The Birds. Even if the animals survive the attacks, they are left in excruciating pain. Ravens, which almost became extinct in Britain during the 19th century, are a protected species, but the rise in the number...
  • Tough Breeds Of Livestock Disappearing: Saving Them Before It Is Too Late

    02/17/2008 4:26:30 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 145+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-17-2008 | Virginia Tech.
    Tough Breeds Of Livestock Disappearing: Saving Them Before It Is Too LateDr. Phil Sponenberg with a Spanish-style Choctaw horse. (Credit: John McCormick, Virginia Tech) ScienceDaily (Feb. 17, 2008) — Phil Sponenberg, professor of pathology and genetics in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has spent more than 30 years working to make sure certain living pieces of history — some dating to the 15th century — don’t become extinct. Sponenberg's brand of living history comes in the form of various rare strains of livestock, which were involved in events like Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Caribbean Islands and the...
  • Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler

    01/27/2008 7:10:16 AM PST · by don-o · 61 replies · 271+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 28, 2008 | Mark Bittman
    A SEA change in the consumption of a resource that Americans take for granted may be in store — something cheap, plentiful, widely enjoyed and a part of daily life. And it isn’t oil. It’s meat. snip To put the energy-using demand of meat production into easy-to-understand terms, Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist at the Bard Center, and Pamela A. Martin, an assistant professor of geophysics at the University of Chicago, calculated that if Americans were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent it would be as if we all switched from a standard sedan — a Camry, say —...
  • Sweden to study belching cows

    01/21/2008 10:06:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 155+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/21/08 | AP
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A Swedish university has received 3.8 million kronor ($590,000) in research funds to measure the greenhouse gases released when cows belch. About 20 cows will participate in the project run by the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, about 40 miles north of Stockholm, officials said Monday. Cattle release methane, a greenhouse gas believed to contribute to global warming, when they digest their food. Researchers believe the level of methane released depends on the type of food the eat. Project leader Jan Bertilsson said that the cows involved in the study will have different diets and...
  • Farmers fear a barnyard Big Brother[NAIS]

    01/18/2008 11:41:34 AM PST · by BGHater · 60 replies · 19,202+ views
    LA Times ^ | 14 Jan 2008 | Nicole Gaouette
    A federal database of animals to fight disease outbreaks is a threat to privacy and family operations, critics say. WASHINGTON — After days of parading around her beefy black steer in the dung-scented August heat at the Colorado State Fair, Brandi Calderwood made the final competition. For months, the 16-year-old worked from dawn well past dusk, fitting in the work around school, to feed, train and clean her steer. But just before the last round, when the animals are sold, fair officials disqualified her. They alleged that Brandi had not properly followed a new and controversial rule that required children...
  • Animal owners treated like sex offenders

    01/13/2008 2:39:20 PM PST · by freemike · 27 replies · 484+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 12, 2008 | henry lamb
    Sex offenders are required to register their premises and report to the government when they move. Similarly, the USDA is implementing a so-called "voluntary" program that requires owners of livestock animals to register their premises and report to the government when any animal is moved off the premises.
  • World’s livestock at risk as breeds disappear

    09/03/2007 3:41:35 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies · 546+ views
    Financial Times ^ | September 3 2007 17:44 | By Frances Williams in Geneva
    The world’s livestock production has become dangerously over-reliant on just a few high-yielding breeds, causing the loss of many hardier breeds more suited to poor countries, according to a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. In its first survey of the world’s animal genetic resources, the FAO says 20 per cent of the more than 7,600 breeds of farm animals and poultry it has identified are at risk of extinction. Almost one breed has been lost every month over the past six years. Carlos Seré, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a publicly funded...
  • Federal Grazing Rules Put on Hold

    06/08/2007 7:24:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 961+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/8/7 | REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press Writer
    Boise, Idaho (AP) -- A judge on Friday blocked new rules governing how ranchers use 160 million acres of federal land, saying a federal agency had given in to pressure from the livestock industry. The Bureau of Land Management violated the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act in creating the rules, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled. The judge said the BLM's rule revisions would have loosened restrictions on grazing on public land nationwide, limited the amount of public comment the BLM had to consider and diluted the BLM's...
  • Wis. festival sells deep-fried testicles

    05/14/2007 7:54:10 PM PDT · by gpapa · 49 replies · 1,009+ views
    AP via Boston.com ^ | May 13, 2007 | Unattributed
    ELDERON, Wis. --Around here, it may be tough to pass up anything deep-fried. Wisconsinites have deep-fried cheese curds, candy bars and Twinkies. They now have deep-fried livestock testicles, too. More than 300 people paid $5 for all-you-can-eat goat, lamb and bull testicles Saturday at the ninth annual Testicle Festival at Mama's Place Bar and Grill in Elderon in central Wisconsin.
  • Protestors focus on NAIS, TTC during march in Austin

    03/13/2007 12:31:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 618+ views
    Country World ^ | March 13, 2007 | Monette Taylor
    Those familiar with the political scene know the unexpected is often expected, and March 2 was an example of that when opponents to the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) marched to the state Capitol in Austin. The event included people from all over Texas, either walking or riding one of the many horses, tractors, or flat-bed trailers. The march included a woman with a caged chicken on the head, children enjoying the excitement, and plenty of signs that ranged from “Don’t Tag Texas” to “Think green ... not pavement.” One person in the parade was NAIS...