January 4, 2006 |
New breeds of pint-sized heifers and bulls are making it easier for farmers with limited space to raise cattle for milk, meat or just fun. On Bill Bryan's 50-acre spread on Maryland's Eastern Shore, he has sold seven calves this year. "We've sold the vast majority of our calves to people who have these little three- to five-acre farmettes, and they'll fence in an acre, buy a calf and more or less keep 'em for pets," Bryan said.
August 12, 2009 |
Donna Munson, 74, considered the black bears that swarmed across her land in southwestern Colorado to be her pets. She fed them dog food and scraps -- poking the food through a metal fence she'd built around her porch -- attracting so many bruins that neighbors sometimes counted as many as 14 on her property at a time. On Friday, one of them killed and ate Munson, slashing her head through the fence and dragging her body underneath it to consume her. "She was dead-set on continuing to feed the bears, and unfortunately, she paid the ultimate price," said Ouray County Sheriff's Investigator Joel Burk, who had to shoot a bear that tried to approach Munson's remains as he interviewed witnesses at the scene.
June 19, 2001 |
Land O'Lakes Inc., a farmer-owned dairy producer, agreed to buy Purina Mills Inc. for about $230 million in cash, to create the largest animal-feed maker in North America. Privately held Land O'Lakes, based in Arden Hills, Minn., agreed to pay $23 for each Purina Mills share, or 19% more than the closing price Friday for the maker of feeds for animals ranging from goats to guinea pigs. Land O'Lakes would assume about $130 million in debt, said Purina Chief Executive Brad Kerbs. Shares of St.
November 8, 2000 |
President Jacques Chirac urged drastic new precautions against mad cow disease, and a top health official predicted that more people will die as France's proud culinary tradition took a hammering. Chirac called on the government to suspend immediately the use of meat and bone meal in all animal feed amid growing anxiety about the spread of the cattle illness.
April 2, 1999 |
The Humane Society, the largest animal protection group in the United States, has sued the federal government in an effort to curtail the use of antibiotics in farm animals. The group argued that letting farmers use antibiotics to promote growth is contributing to the problem of "super bugs," bacteria that can infect animals and people and resist treatment. Adding antibiotics to animal feed is a common practice, even though scientists are not sure why it helps livestock grow.
November 22, 2001 |
Japanese officials announced that a second cow was infected with "mad cow" disease, the brain-wasting illness that has devastated herds in Europe but hadn't been detected in Asia until a case in Japan two months ago. The government sought to reassure consumers that the cow would be incinerated and that the inspection system was now working.