STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Speciesism, livestock and hunting
Some farmers and farm group officials pride themselves on understanding the other side of controversial issues. For instance, they make a point of reading anti-GMO literature; they figure that doing s... Posted on 11/8/13 at 10:19 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Good Bye in Four Acts
I always liked the song, A Bad Goodbye as it was so sad yet described the end of a relationship so well. It gave me the idea for this week's column in that I wanted to present a good bye/buy i... Posted on 8/30/13 at 4:55 AM
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 8:04 AM
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 6:34 AM
The hens living at 922 Chickadee Lane soon could be booted from their roost, unless Park River City Council grants them a reprieve. The three-year-old chickens belong to Teresa Gire, a retired Farm Service Agency employee who grew up on a nearby farm.
The North Dakota Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Products Utilization Commission last week awarded a $42,000 grant to the Red River Regional Council, based in Grafton, N.D., to develop a comprehensive business plan for a proposed livestock processing plant.
Ranchers in South Dakota who lost large parts of their cattle herds to a winter storm are not asking for blankets or food to help them recover. They want pregnant cows and heifers of breeding age, said a group organizing donations on Tuesday.
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.
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