cattle feeding

drones & whistleblowers
8:01 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

One blogger's plan to deploy drones to factory farms

Using unmanned aerial vehicles is a controversial practice, whether to scout farmland or to skirt laws outlawing the filming of farms.
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An independent journalist says he’s found a way around the so-called “ag-gag” laws – flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.

Will Potter, a Washington D.C.-based environmental blogger, raised $75,000 on Kickstarter to buy drones and other equipment to do investigative work tracking animal abuse and pollution problems on large livestock operations.

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Proposed Federal rule change
8:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

No more brewery leftovers for cattle?

A new federal food safety rule would classify breweries as animal food manufacturers because many breweries sell or donate leftover grains to ranchers.
Credit Flickr Commons / Niels Linneberg

Few people connect craft breweries with cattle feed. But passing along the spent grains from the brewing process, like barley and wheat, to livestock ranchers is a common practice. Although now, that relationship could be in jeopardy.

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8:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Drought Drying Up High Plains Feedyards

A prolonged drought in the southern Great Plains has hit ranchers hard and now is moving up the food chain. Western Kansas feedlot Beef Belt Feeders is among the latest casualties. Here, a 'for sale' sign was posted below the one for the feedlot in July.
Credit / Wall Street Journal

  Crops aren’t the only things struggling to survive on the High Plains- area feedyards are too.  Yards are reducing the number of cattle, up for sale, and some are closed.  The Wall Street Journal provides a photo documentary.  

Harvest Public Media story
8:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Tyson suspends use of controversial cattle feeding drug


Tyson Foods, Inc., announced last week that it will 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 not about cattle, but rather the battle for sales in other countries, where using drugs for meat production is banned.

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

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