December 18, 2013 |
The Food and Drug Administration last week announced a plan to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote weight gain in livestock - a widespread practice thought to have contributed to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. The agency is asking antibiotics manufacturers to indicate on their labels that the drugs are intended only for the treatment or prevention of disease. Traditionally, such drugs have been administered to also make animals grow faster and improve "feed efficiency," meaning they need less food to gain the same amount of weight.
March 31, 2013 |
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - As long as wolves have been making their comeback, biologists and ranchers have had a decidedly Old West option for dealing with those that develop a taste for beef: Shoot to kill. But for the last year, Oregon has been a "wolf-safe" zone, with ranchers turning to more modern, nonlethal ways to protect livestock. While the number of wolves roaming the state has gone up, livestock kills have not - and now conservation groups are hoping Oregon can serve as a model for other Western states working to return the predator to the wild.
September 1, 2011 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Standing inside the livestock pavilion at the California State Fair, where cattle lowed and city folks stared, James Vietheer held his breath as he spritzed rose-scented oil onto his prize Black Angus bull. Chumlee, a show-ring prima donna who tips the scales at a buff 2,400 pounds, needed to be pretty for the livestock show judges. The animal's hooves had been polished to a shine, but his hairy ankles looked kind of fat. Vietheer reached for a comb and plugged in a commercial hair dryer to restyle the hair to make the ankles look slimmer.
March 17, 2001 |
It has been more than 80 years since foot-and-mouth disease was last seen in this region, but the current outbreak rapidly spreading across Europe has concerned Pennsylvania and New Jersey livestock farmers and prompted state officials to urge extra vigilance to protect area herds. Game officials in both states said yesterday that they have been alerted that deer could contract the highly contagious illness and spread it from their dense population to livestock. The viral disease affecting cattle, swine, sheep, goats and deer and some other animals was eradicated from the United States in 1929, but the global movement of people and goods is causing some authorities to predict that it is not a question of whether foot-and-mouth disease will arrive here, but when.
March 28, 1996 |
There's a sour irony to the fact that it's taken the extremely rare mad cow disease, which has thus far killed a very small number of people in the United Kingdom, to raise the alarm about the consequences of intensive meat and milk production. After all, over the past 150 years, such production has destroyed much of the world's ecological balance and impoverished or otherwise ruined the lives of millions. The U.S. government, of course, maintains that no cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, as mad cow disease is formally known, have been discovered in the United States.
August 7, 1988 |
The Goshen Country Fair took place last week, with proceeds going to the Goshen Fire Company. Fairgoers enjoyed the Jimmy Ray & Patti Comedy Magic show, several bands, pie-eating contests, tug of wars and livestock shows. There also was the judging of such things as livestock, baked goods, vegetables, flower arrangements, candy, and jams and jellies. Competitors were from Chester and Delaware Counties.
August 11, 1991 |
The cat - make that pig - is out of the bag: Pigs are gaining favor as pals around the house. Specifically, the Vietnamese miniature potbellied variety, which has a growing camp of devotees in Bucks County. They are neat and easily trained, their owners say, and they don't smell, bite or bark. And their adult size won't require the addition of a room - the adult carries about one-tenth of the bulk of the common livestock variety. Their demands are minimal: "It is their greatest pleasure to eat," says Susan Armstrong of Rushland.
September 14, 1997 |
During Pennsylvania's earliest days, the area that is now Salford, Montgomery County, was known as the bread basket of the colony because of its production of grain. But while grain crops thrived, animal husbandry was neglected. As a result, farm animals fared poorly far into the 19th century. Except for turkeys, there were no native farm animals in Penn's Woods. What was to become the foundation of American livestock was shipped by boat from Europe. Dutch and Swedish settlers brought over horses, cows, oxen, sheep, hogs, geese and ducks in the 17th century, just before William Penn founded the colony.
October 10, 1997 |
On a Lancaster County farm yesterday, Pennsylvania agriculture officials approved the first manure-management plan under new state rules that are among the most stringent in the United States. The estimated 2,500 farms in the state with large concentrations of livestock or poultry now must demonstrate that their manure is being properly applied on-site or disposed of safely elsewhere. The rules are intended to minimize manure runoff into streams and to limit the amount of animal waste spread on the ground to prevent pollution of groundwater or adjacent property.
January 11, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Maple syrup, pulled pork, cotton candy. Honey ice cream, potato doughnuts, rib-eye sandwiches. And, of course, the famous milk shakes. "This," said Breanna Anderson, pointing with her fork to her surroundings. "The food court. " That's what it's about at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, where thousands turn out each year for livestock competitions, shopping, and, of course, the eats. On Saturday, young kids, reminiscing parents, and giddy teens filled the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg for opening day of the show.