July 11, 2013 |
After a stretch of record-setting heat in late June and early July that blanketed much of the West, dairy prices could spike this summer. Extreme heat causes cows to produce less milk, making farmers work harder to keep their Holsteins cool. The coming weeks are expected to bring prolonged heat to the Midwest, a top dairy producing region, according to meteorologists for Accuweather.com . California has also seen triple-digit temperatures recently, and this summer could bring other heat waves.
August 21, 2012 |
Irvine-based fast-food chain In-N-Out severed ties with a Central California slaughterhouse after learning that the facility is being investigated for potentially inhumane treatment of cows. In-N-Out executives said they cut off their supplier agreement with Central Valley Meat Co. on Sunday night, immediately after hearing accusations that animals at the plant were being shocked, shot and pulled to slaughter stations despite often being unable to stand or walk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut the Hanford site Monday after viewing a video from animal rights advocacy group Compassion Over Killing.
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September 25, 2011 |
In a meadow of knee-high grass framed by rugged granite peaks and pine forests, cattleman John Hunter urged his horse forward along a trail crossing a creek, frowning under a cowboy hat dripping rainwater. With the summer grazing season in the Eastern Sierra coming to an end, he was preparing, perhaps for the last time, to move hundreds of cows out of the high country and into the Owens Valley. The 30-mile cattle drive from the Golden Trout Wilderness down to the village of Olancha is among the oldest in the state — and a cherished family tradition.
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April 13, 1994
I can't help but notice that the apologists for recombinant bovine somatotropin don't bother to address the issue of desirability or necessity. There is, after all, no shortage of milk. Those cows are out there giving their all and it's plenty. They are already overworked--and now this! The primary reason for introducing this new production technique is that Monsanto is looking for big new profits. The senior vice president of Monsanto (letter, April 4) forgot to mention that little detail but it is inescapable.
August 22, 2012 |
The worst drought in modern history has destroyed more than half the nation's corn crop, pushing prices to record levels. Livestock producers across the country are feeling the pinch as they struggle to feed their herds. To cope, one Kentucky cattle farmer has begun feeding candy to his 1,400 cows. "It's so hard to make any money when corn is eight or nine dollars a bushel," said Nick Smith, co-owner of United Livestock Commodities in Mayfield, Ky. The candy, which has been rejected from retail sale, makes up from 5% to 8% of the cattle's feed ration, Smith said.
May 3, 2012 |
Like many a puzzle before it, the conundrum on Conundrum Creek will be solved by being taken apart - literally. Six cows that had wandered into a remote Colorado cabin and froze stiff will be sawed into pieces, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Bill Kight. The pieces will then be spread throughout the surrounding forest, Kight told the Los Angeles Times. The method was designed to minimize the possibility of predators -- bears or mountain lions -- converging on a small area around the cabin and nearby hot springs.