Posts Tagged ‘Livestock’

New Zealand seeks to curb livestock’s gas emissions

June 10, 2008

Over thousands of years of evolution, sheep, cattle and other cud chewers developed a nasty habit. They burp and break wind a lot.

That gives New Zealand a distressing gas problem.

The country’s 4 million people share two islands in the South Pacific with 40 million sheep, 9 million beef and dairy cattle and more than a million farmed deer, all producing the methane that many climate scientists say is one of the worst culprits behind global warming.

It may be a small country on the edge of the world, but New Zealand has big ambitions in the fight against climate change. Last year, Prime Minister Helen Clark set a national goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral country.

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A Futuristic Linkage Of Animals And Electronics

June 6, 2008

The same Global Positioning System (GPS) technology used to track vehicles is now being used to track cows.

But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) animal scientist Dean M. Anderson has taken tracking several steps further with a Walkman-like headset that enables him to “whisper” wireless commands to cows to control their movements across a landscape—and even remotely gather them into a corral.

He and his colleagues realize this is a highly futuristic technology, but they can envision a time when these technologies will be affordable and useful for a range of applications, from intensive animal operations to monitoring and controlling the movements of some wildlife species and even household pets.

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Federal judge in Montana rejects bid to delay wolf lawsuit

May 10, 2008

A federal judge in Montana has rejected a request by the government to delay a lawsuit seeking to place the gray wolf back on the endangered species list, saying he’s “unwilling to risk more deaths.”

At least 39 of the Northern Rockies’ 1,500 gray wolves have been killed since they lost federal protection in March. That action placed wolves under the authority of state wildlife agencies in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

The three states have relaxed rules for killings wolves that harass or harm livestock. The states are also planning public hunts later this year — the first in decades.

Environmental and animal rights groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week, claiming the loss of federal protection threatens the wolf’s successful recovery. They also asked for a court injunction to restore federal control over wolves while the case is pending.

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Screw Worm Outbreak In Yemen

May 8, 2008

An outbreak of the insidious ´screw worm´ fly in Yemen, is threatening livelihoods, in a country where rearing livestock is a traditional way of life. In recent weeks, a Ministerial delegation was at the IAEA in Vienna, Austria, to turn to the international community for emergency assistance to fight the deadly pest.

The menacing fly lays its eggs in a cut or open wound of a warm-blooded animal. The maggots then feast off the living flesh, and can kill the animal if it´s not treated in time.

The outbreak hit the country´s coast late last year. Veterinarian, Mansoor AlQadasi, General Director of the Central Veterinarian Laboratory, says it´s the first official outbreak of ´old world´ screw worm in Yemen.

“There are about 20,000 cases of livestock affected. Most of these are sheep and goats. We have also found some human cases — mainly in children and older people,” Mr. AlQadasi said.

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Study: Factory Farming Taking Toll on Health, Economy

April 29, 2008

Factory farming takes a big hidden toll on human health and the environment, is undermining rural America’s economic stability and fails to provide the humane treatment of livestock increasingly demanded by American consumers, concludes an independent, 2 1/2 -year analysis that calls for major changes in the way corporate agriculture produces meat, milk and eggs.

The 111-page report released today, sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, finds that the “economies of scale” long used to justify factory farming practices are largely an illusion, perpetuated by a failure to account for a raft of associated costs.

Among those costs are human illnesses caused by drug-resistant bacteria associated with the rampant use of antibiotics on feedlots and degradation of land, water and air quality caused by animal waste too intensely concentrated to be neutralized by natural processes.

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Should Genetic Modification And RNA Interference Be Used On Farm Animals?

April 11, 2008

A range of new technologies including genetic modification (GM) and RNA Interference are being deployed to improve the health of farm animals in a series of European and global initiatives. The ground was laid for a European platform to develop new treatments that exploit these technologies at a recent workshop organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF).

The workshop highlighted the interlocking themes underlying the debate over livestock disease research, following a series of high profile epidemics and pandemics over the last two decades, including BSE, foot and mouth disease, bird flu, and PRRSV (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus) in pigs, coupled with the public relations problems facing GM technologies.

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New AHI Website Focuses on the Importance of Healthy Animals

April 8, 2008

The Animal Health Institute (AHI) today launched its newly designed “Keeping Animals Healthy” website to help consumers and policymakers better understand the important role of public policy in providing animal medicines to keep both animals and humans healthy.

“Americans are becoming more aware of the relationship between animal health and public health,” said AHI President and CEO Alexander S. Mathews. “Thoughtful public policies are needed to manage the risk of diseases that can be spread between animals and humans.”

Animal medicines are valuable tools needed by veterinarians and livestock and poultry producers to keep pets and farm animals healthy. Exciting breakthroughs are being made on products that are successfully extending the length and quality of life for dogs and cats and on products that will help livestock and poultry producers deliver a safer product to American consumers.

The website, http://www.keepanimalshealthy.org, explains the advocacy positions taken by AHI to promote animal health and gives the public information about the rigorous, science-based review processes in place at the federal agencies that regulate animal health products.

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Hound River Farm in Georgia Is First Sheep Farm to Become American Humane Certified

February 27, 2008

The American Humane Certified farm animal program provides independent verification that livestock and poultry are raised humanely, in accordance with science-based animal welfare standards set forth by American Humane and its independent Scientific Advisory Council. Among other aspects, producers certified through American Humane’s program must ensure that their animals have ready access to fresh water, a nutritious diet, medical care and are handled by trained caregivers. They also must provide their animals with a comfortable environment that limits stress and enables them to freely express their normal behaviors.

Hound River Farm, a family-owned Katahdin meat sheep business in south Georgia, sells fresh and frozen lamb processed at Towson Cold Storage under the Hound River Farm label. The sheep and lambs graze freely in a predator-protected environment — no feedlots or artificial feeding methods are used. The sheep have constant access to well-managed pastures, supplemented, as needed, with hay grown on-site.

For more information about Hound River Farm, go to www.houndriverfarm.com. For more information about American Humane Certified, visit www.americanhumane.org/certified.

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Online livestock auctions save time, money — and are better for the animals

February 14, 2008

Dave Peine has been selling cattle at the South St. Paul stockyards and directly to local meatpacking companies nearly all his life. But last month, the second-generation livestock producer auctioned off 70 steers and heifers – without having to haul the animals off his Hampton, Minn., land.

Peine, 47, sold his cattle through an online auction run by Central Livestock Association, which owns and runs the South St. Paul stockyards and four other markets in two other states…

…The online service is catching on with more farmers, ranchers and meatpackers, Dressen said. About 500 head of cattle were sold on the association’s Web site in 2006, the first year. The number swelled to more than 4,500 in 2007.

The site, http://www.centrallivestock.com, averages three auctions a week, compared with one just six months ago.

Cattle sold online go directly from seller to buyer, which not only keeps transportation costs low, Dressen said, but also reduces stress and sickness in the animals...

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Stop the Long Distance Transport of Animals for Slaughter

February 13, 2008

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Undercover Farmed Animal Investigation Reveals Unnecessary Cruelty to Animals

Today, February 12, 2008, marks the release of a two-year investigation by Handle with Care, a global coalition of national and international animal welfare organizations — including Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA)— seeking to end the long-distance transport of animals for slaughter.

Revealed in the investigative footage, gathered across several countries and continents, is evidence of the brutality of transporting live animals long distances — only for them to be slaughtered at the journey’s end.

One of the worst routes for cruelty was the 4,000 mile journey from Canada to Hawaii –endured by up to 15,000 pigs a year — in which investigators uncovered a number of serious animal welfare issues.

“Anyone who watches the footage of pigs desperately trying to escape when they are finally let out of containers in Hawaii after more than a week of brutal confinement cannot help but be moved by their suffering. It is unconscionable to permit the unnecessary long distance transport of animals to continue,” said Monica Engebretson, Born Free USA’s Senior Program Associate.

We need you to help us put a stop this cruel and unnecessary trade as soon as possible. So please check out the ways you can help and take action today.

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Want to help neglected animals?

February 12, 2008

Volunteers are being sought to help local animal shelters prepare to take livestock seized from inhumane conditions in the wake of the case of the malnourished miniature horse that was euthanized in Porter County.

Sue Hodson and her daughter are looking for some volunteers in Lake and Porter counties who have facilities for livestock seized in future investigations.

“If we could have a network of support people with emergency foster care facilities, it would relieve the burden on the animal shelter,” she said. “I’m sure there are a lot of families that would like to get involved in this.”

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‘Stop live animals exports for slaughter’

February 12, 2008

A worldwide campaign aimed at banning the long-distance transport of live animals for slaughter has been launched in London.Animal charity workers shot secret film footage during a two-year long investigation of the global trade in live animals which they say is cruel and unnecessary.

The Handle With Care coalition is using shock pictures of animals being shipped around the world in overcrowded and filthy conditions before they are finally slaughtered.

They hope consumers will be so horrified by the images of sheep, cattle, horses, pigs and chickens moved in horrendous conditions in journeys that can take weeks they will embarrass governments into finally banning the trade.

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