STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Spare a kind thought for livestock producers
Cold, snowy winters are tough enough for those of us who live in.town. They're vastly more difficult for people who raise livestock.
I speak from personal knowledge, from my days as a farm kid on a b... Posted on 2/19/13 at 12:20 PM
A MINNESOTAN IN CHINA Slime, Blood, Fur, Feathers
My alarm woke me up earlier than I was used to, but on this day I needed to wake up with the fishes to check out the local fish market. Live eels, snakes, frogs, fowl, and much more, the wet market--a... Posted on 3/24/12 at 9:04 AM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Goehring appoints feed specialist
From a news release:
Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed David Phillips as a feed specialist in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
A South Dakota native and graduate of the... Posted on 9/7/10 at 2:11 PM
STAFF BLOG PLAIN COUNTRY Stinkeroo Day
This past Saturday we got a lot of chores on my list accomplished, including cleaning my mom's chicken house and our horse barn. Ellen dubbed Saturday "Stinkereroo Day,&q... Posted on 6/8/09 at 7:34 AM
Rural Ellsworth cattle producer and veterinarian Erin deKoning was pretty happy to get home from work Monday to see power was finally restored to her family’s farm. After last Tuesday’s ice storm, it didn’t take long for the family’s beef cows to realize the hotwire fence used to keep them in their yard was no longer working.
As long as wolves have been making their comeback, biologists and ranchers have had a decidedly Old West option for dealing with those that develop a taste for beef: Shoot to kill. But for the past year, Oregon has been a "wolf-safe" zone, with ranchers turning to more modern, nonlethal ways to protect livestock.
Nowhere in America could you see better sheep shearing than at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, Jan. 27 in Rapid City, S.D.
The 10-day event hosts the National Sheep Shearing Contest, an all-day affair, which this year drew 18 elite professionals — a pretty close-knit group of friends — and more intermediates and novices to compete for top honors in the event that attracts hundreds.
Jacki Schilke likes to say her black angus cattle live in harmony with the cats and dogs on her rural Williston ranch.
But recently, Schilke’s ranch has not been in harmony with oil development expanding around her 160 acres. Report of cows losing their tails raises concerns.
Kent Opdahl is waiting for the rebound in the horse market, but he isn’t holding his breath. Opdahl’s life in the world of horses was turned upside down when Congress in late 2006 passed legislation that ended federal inspection of horse slaughter facilities, and horse slaughter in general in 2007.
North Dakota can use more herds in the average size of about 65 to 85 cow-calf pairs, Kevin Leier said. The North Dakota Buffalo Association recently implemented a mentoring program, available online, at www.ndbuffalo.net.
Maybe animal agribusiness is afraid anti-cruelty laws soon will spread to factory farming. It’s already in motion and gaining momentum as more and more people learn just how most meat, dairy and egg products are produced.
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