Latest Livestock farming News

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

Dec. 10, 2018 4:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Many companies including McDonald's and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don't expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different. Colors send important signals about food, and companies aren't going to stop playing into those perceptions. What's accepted...

Movie has cattle call for real cows, dairy need not apply

Dec. 7, 2018 4:03 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A film promotion organization in Cincinnati is holding a cattle call for actual cattle. The nonprofit Film Cincinnati put out a vague call for a major motion picture Friday, saying it needed cows for a movie. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the request is specific about what types of cows...

Hundreds of chickens die in fire at Connecticut farm

Dec. 4, 2018 1:44 PM EST

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say about 600 chickens have died in a fire at a Connecticut farm. Firefighters on Tuesday also rescued a man who was sleeping in a house about 25 feet (8 meters) from the burning storage barn and chicken coop. Fairfield Assistant Chief Roger Caisse says the blaze at...

After long wait, Democrat Brindisi flips New York House seat

Nov. 28, 2018 4:48 PM EST

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Democrat Anthony Brindisi defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, following a contentious race that was settled by absentee ballots more than three weeks after Election Day. Brindisi, an attorney and state assemblyman from Utica, was ahead by less than 2,000 votes on election...

New joint venture formed to convert pig poop to power

Nov. 27, 2018 12:38 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The world's largest pork company is teaming up with a major energy company to turn pig manure into renewable natural gas. Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy announced a joint venture partnership Tuesday to trap methane from hog waste and convert it into power for heating homes and...

Scientists warn new Brazil president may smother rainforest

Nov. 26, 2018 7:48 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Scientists warn that Brazil's president-elect could push the Amazon rainforest past its tipping point — with severe consequences for global climate and rainfall. Jair Bolsonaro, who takes office Jan. 1, claims a mandate to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms, calling...

Swiss reject plan to entice herders to save cow, goat horns

Nov. 25, 2018 2:02 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a national referendum on a cattle farmer's proposal to have the government subsidize herders of goats and cows if they let their animals keep their horns, official results showed. The Swiss federal chancellery said 54.7 percent of voters opposed the measure,...

In latest quirky Swiss poll, voters asked to save cow horns

Nov. 23, 2018 10:41 AM EST

CHESEAUX-NOREAZ, Switzerland (AP) — As a hollow cowbell echoes through a rolling, misty Swiss countryside, cattle herder Armin Capaul smiles and cracks wise about the feat he's pulled off: Using the country's system of direct democracy to force a vote on an issue dear to his life and livelihood —...

Swine fever adds to China's economic headaches

Nov. 23, 2018 6:14 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese pig farmers, already reeling from rising feed costs in Beijing's tariff fight with U.S. President Donald Trump, face a new blow from an outbreak of African swine fever that has sent an economic shockwave through the countryside. First detected in August, the disease has killed 1...

China's model village of ethnic unity shows cracks in facade

Nov. 21, 2018 11:21 PM EST

HOTAN UNITY NEW VILLAGE, China (AP) — In this corner of China's far west, rows of identical white concrete houses with red metal roofs rise abruptly above the sand dunes of the harsh Taklamakan Desert. A Chinese flag flutters above the settlement, and a billboard at the entrance says, "Welcome to the Hotan...