Archive for February, 2012

  • Self-Assessment Air Quality Awareness Tool

    Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

    A three-year effort, led by Dr Wendy Powers-Schilling at Michigan State University, has resulted in the National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool. Funding was provided through a US Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service grant.
    The NAQSAT, as the tool is called, was developed for use by livestock producers and their consultants [...]

  • Taiwan’s largest solar powered pig farm opened

    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

    Taiwan has opened the largest solar powered pig farm of the country last week. The complex is located in Yunlin County, news agency CNA reports.
    The county government will ask the central government to formulate a plan to provide better subsidies and incentives for livestock farmers who use [...]

  • German dioxin plant sold

    Friday, February 10th, 2012

    Feed manufacturer Harles and Jentzsch in Uetersen, which was the cause of a dioxin scandal in Germany last year, has been sold to the Hamburg company OleoServ. The sale includes 10 employees that will retain their job.
    This was announced by an agency on behalf of the liquidator Heiko Fialski. The amount [...]

  • Reducing Greenhouse Gases From Cattle

    Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

    The emission of greenhouse gases from agriculture makes a substantial contribution to global warming. In a new report from Aarhus University scientists are focusing on the different options available for reducing the emission of particularly methane from cattle farming.
    On the one hand the public very much like to have a supply of [...]

  • EPA Questioned by Cattlemen on CAFO

    Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

    The centre of concern stems from what was referred to as a serious overreach of EPA’s authority. NCBA Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley Lyon said the proposed rule could put the nation’s food system at risk of increased terrorist attacks.
    “EPA should pull this rule. The agency needs to redirect its focus to [...]

  • Livestock Death by Manure Poisoning says Sagarpa

    Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

    Poultry manure contains large amounts of urea, which is transformed into ammonia inside the stomach of the animal and generates amino acids or proteins, substances that cause excessive intoxication.
    The delegate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGARPA) José Vicente Ramirez Martinez, said the death of 600 head of cattle [...]

  • How EU can Produce More Sustainably?

    Friday, February 3rd, 2012

    By 2050 the global population is set to reach nine billion people and worldwide demand for food, feed and fibre is forecast to increase by 70 per cent. To thrive in that context, economies will need to use natural resources in a far more efficient manner.
    The way we consume and produce will [...]

  • Roadmap to a Low Carbon Farm

    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

    Achieving optimum liveweight gains, selecting for slaughter and the best weight and specification, feeding good quality grass and rations and achieving the best output in breeding are the main goals in the latest EBLEX roadmap for low carbon cattle and sheep production.
    The latest chapter of the roadmap, Down to Earth, which is [...]

  • AFBF Files for Judgment in Chesapeake Bay Case

    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulation for the Chesapeake Bay watershed establishes new controls on land use that trespass into territory Congress legally reserved for state governments, according to the opening brief for summary judgment, filed Friday, 27 January by the American Farm Bureau Federation in the [...]