Archive for April, 2011

  • NCBA Cautious About Final Dust Policy Assessment

    Friday, April 29th, 2011

    According to Tamara Thies, chief environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the policy assessment is an important document in the regulatory process that sets forth the EPA staff’s advice to the administrator about the regulation of coarse particulate matter, more commonly known as dust.
    In [...]

  • Pork Producers Support a Sustainable Future

    Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

    Yet, even with a long history of being good stewards of the environment, producers continue to seek ways to improve their overall sustainability to benefit their animals, their neighbors, their local community and consumers worldwide.
    “To us, sustainability is the ability to endure,” said Randy Spronk, a farrow-to-finish pork producer from Edgerton, [...]

  • BPEX Environment Roadmap Launched

    Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

    Important improvements have already been achieved over the last decade but more needs to be done.
    BPEX Chairman Stewart Houston said: “The Roadmap is testament to our commitment to reduce the pig industry’s carbon footprint and details the targets we have set ourselves.
    “Our industry targets go beyond the 11 per cent reduction set by [...]

  • CIWF Urges a Cut in Meat Intake to Save the Earth

    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

    Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) called for a revolution in our farming systems and diets, so that the Earth and its inhabitants can be protected.
    According to CIWF, to reduce our impact on the environment and climate change, we need to reduce consumption of meat and dairy products [...]

  • Sustainable Dutch pig housing concept opened

    Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

    Today, Dutch State Secretary of Agriculture Henk Bleker has officially opened a new sustainable pig barn. Although the investments are quite high, pigs show a good growth rate and the meat can be sold as welfare friendly meat – for a higher price.
    The innovative new pig housing concept – named Starplus *** [...]

  • Efficient Scottish Farms Have Lowest GHG Emissions

    Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

    The clear link between low greenhouse gas emissions and strong technical performance on Scottish livestock farms is revealed in the results of a new study published by Quality Meat Scotland.
    The discussion paper entitled “Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Scottish Livestock Enterprises” draws on work undertaken by SAC and [...]

  • Plant Buffer Strips Cut Run-Off Of Vet Products

    Saturday, April 9th, 2011

    Field tests by University of Missouri scientists have backed up laboratory research showing that buffer strips of grass and other plants can reduce the amount of herbicide and veterinary antibiotics in surface run-off from farm plots.
    Vegetative buffer strips have already proven effective in limiting erosion as well [...]