Tag: Livestock

Meat Plant Closures Mean Pigs Are Gassed or Shot Instead

One Minnesota hog farmer sealed the cracks in his barn and piped carbon dioxide through the ventilation system. Another farmer has considered gassing his animals after loading them into a truck. And a third shot his pigs in the head with a gun. It took him all day. These are dark days on many American […]

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Coronavirus Canceled County Fairs. Now Children Show Their Cows and Sheep Virtually.

The stomach-flipping thrill of riding the Zipper on the midway. The funnel cakes with powdered sugar melting on the fried dough. The shave ice. The sweet, smelly medley of hay, dirt and manure drifting from the barn. Mia Achziger, 12, loved everything about the Clark County Fair in Washington State. From the minute she left […]

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A Shortage of Steak? Yes, and Ranchers Knew It Was Coming

PERKINS COUNTY, S.D. — I live on a ranch. When I stand on the gravel road that runs along the section line by my house I can look in any direction across the waving grass and, other than the modest huddle of buildings and fencing that compose our ranch, see little evidence of human development. […]

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The Business of Burps: Scientists Smell Profit in Cow Emissions

LANCASTER, England — Peaches, a brown-and-white Jersey cow weighing 1,200 pounds, was amiably following Edward Towers through a barn on a sunny March morning when the 6-year-old dug in her front hooves. Mr. Towers, a 28-year-old-farmer whose family owns Brades Farm, near Britain’s rugged Lake District, slapped Peaches gently to move her along. She didn’t […]

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A Trump Plan Breaks a Great Deal for Ranchers and Park Lovers

The Trump administration has struck another blow to common-sense management of public lands in the West. Virtually all the spectacular country neighboring the Escalante River in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah will be reopened to cattle grazing, thanks to a new plan for managing the monument released by the Interior Department last month. […]

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Plant-Based Meat Has Roots in the 1970s

Even as Americans mass in cities and their suburbs, the range-roaming cowboy has endured as a national symbol, along with the cholesterol-laden diet he represents: heavy on steaks, hamburgers, sausages and the like. What if that iconic image were replaced someday by, say, a technician in a lab coat producing a facsimile of a traditional […]

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The Lonely End to One Gray Wolf’s 8,700-Mile Search for a Mate

It had been weeks since biologists at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife were able to track the gray wolf’s movements. She had been crisscrossing Northern California for nearly two years, after she separated from her pack in Oregon and traversed state lines. Biologists had followed her movements using a radio collar that wildlife […]

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China’s Omnivorous Markets Are in the Eye of a Lethal Outbreak Once Again

LANGFANG, China — The typical market in China has fruits and vegetables, butchered beef, pork and lamb, whole plucked chickens — with heads and beaks attached — and live crabs and fish, spewing water out of churning tanks. Some sell more unusual fare, including live snakes, turtles and cicadas, guinea pigs, bamboo rats, badgers, hedgehogs, […]

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