Cattle

4:05pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Salt

Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales?

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:36 pm

A pen at a feedlot in central Kansas that houses 30,000 cattle. Feedlots are where cattle are "finished" before slaughter, often with the use of growth-promoting drugs like zilpaterol.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Tyson Foods Inc. announced this week that it would soon suspend purchases of cattle that had been treated with a controversial drug, citing animal welfare concerns.

But many in the industry wonder if the real reason is the battle for sales in other countries, where certain drugs that make livestock grow faster are banned.

"I really do think this is more of a marketing ploy from Tyson to raise some awareness so they can garner some export business from our overseas export partners," says Dan Norcini, an independent commodities broker.

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6:00am

Tue July 30, 2013
Agriculture

Can Cattle Hooves Revive Grassland Soil?

William Burnidge, left, an ecologist with the Nature Conservancy, is working with rancher Nathan Andrews to test out a different method of grazing.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The world’s soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert.

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11:55am

Mon January 28, 2013
The Salt

How Mountain Grass Makes The Cheese Stand Alone

Cows graze in front of the Rosengarten mountain massif in northern Italy. Pasture grazing is practiced throughout the Alps.
Matthias Schrader Associated Press

Herding cattle up the side of a mountain might seem like a lot of extra work, but for thousands of years, people have hauled their cows into the Alps to graze during the summer months. Why? It's all about great-tasting cheese.

In places like Italy, some traditional cheeses, like bra d'alpeggio or Formai de Mut dell'Alta Valle Brembana, can only be made with milk from mountainside-munching cows.

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1:43pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Ooooh, That Smell

Odor Hotline Finds The Sweet Smell of Success

From the City of Greeley website: You may report an offensive outdoor odor anytime by calling the Odor Hotline at 970-350-9831
Dave Bleasdale Flickr - Creative Commons

The city of Greeley has been waging war for 17 years with its smelly reputation. Thanks to an odor hotline Greeley has been able make great strides in eliminating several offenders and connected a 2011 spike in complaints to just one company.

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12:23pm

Mon December 31, 2012
Agriculture

After Public Outcry, USDA Maintains Hot-Iron Brand as Livestock ID Form

Under the new USDA rules, ear tags will be accepted in all 50 states. But states have the option of also accepting the hot-iron brand--something not included in original USDA rules.
Grace Hood KUNC

After a three year battle, a symbol of the American west—the cattle brand—will be preserved in new rules governing livestock identification.

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