Some agricultural opponents of climate change legislation argue the U.S. could lose significant crop acres to forestry, but others worry about cleaner energy demanding more cropland to grow biofuels and renewable electricity. One of the key battles on climate legislation right now is just how much land shifting would occur.
Like the rest of the economy, producers in the agricultural sector are feeling the crunch with cattle prices down and operating costs up. In these times of economic difficulty, were all looking for ways to help improve our bottom line, said Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky extension beef cattle specialist.
Producers who recognize foot rot and develop strategies to prevent and treat it can successfully protect their cattle herds performance. Causing an estimated 75 percent of all lameness diagnosed in beef cattle, foot rot, or interdigital dermatitis, can be detrimental to the health of a herd and profits of an operation.
Dr. Bill Barton, Idahos state veterinarian, expects to conduct two meetings in Idaho this month to help ensure the state remains brucellosis-free despite bordering Yellowstone National Parkthe last U.S. reservoir of the disease that can cause spontaneous abortions in livestock, wild elk and bison.
The Federal Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) ability to cite feedlots for discharging waste without physical evidence was nullified in the Vos versus EPA case recently ruled upon.In January 2007, EPA charged four Iowa cattle feedlot operators with illegally discharging pollutants from their feedlots.
As fall calving begins, the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) encourages its members to score their cows teat sizes and udder suspensions so the data can help guide future selection decisions. The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has standardized guidelines for teat and udder scoring.