Latest Livestock farming News

Scientists spur some activity in brains of slaughtered pigs

Apr. 17, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death. The brains could not think or sense anything, researchers stressed. By medical standards "this is not a...

Fourth-generation dairy farmer quits the milking business

Apr. 16, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A dairy farm operated for four generations by one Ohio family is set to run dry. Dwight Raber, of Raber Dairy Farms in northeast Ohio's Stark County, said he's losing money and can no longer make a living doing the work his father, grandfather and great-grandfather did before him....

About 1,000 turkeys die in fast-moving farm fire

Apr. 16, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

DENVER, Pa. (AP) — A fast-moving blaze at a farm in Pennsylvania's Amish country has left about 1,000 turkeys dead. WGAL-TV reports the fire started Tuesday morning at around 3 a.m. at a turkey coop in Denver, about 63 miles west of Philadelphia. All turkeys inside were killed and the structure was...

California's largest cattle-raising operation to be sold

Apr. 15, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

COALINGA, Calif. (AP) — Harris Ranch Beef Holding Co., California's largest cattle-raising operation, is being sold. The company's 800-acre Central Valley feedlot, which can hold up to 250,000 cattle, and its slaughterhouse and processing facilities are being sold to Hanford-based Central Valley Meat Co....

Family ranch uses higher-end breed to produce healthier meat

Apr. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

FAIRMONT, Okla. (AP) — Linda Woodruff and her family raise the Japanese breed of Wagyu cattle on their family farm, Silverwood Wagyu, east of Fairmont. The name comes from "Wa," which means Japanese, and "Gyu," which means cow. Silverwood also is a hybrid name, as Woodruff's son, Jeremy, manages the farm's...

Alabama authorities seek killer of 2 cows

Apr. 13, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A cow killer could be on the loose in Limestone County. Wendell Powers says he's been raising livestock for 15 years and he just lost two of his beloved cows. WAAY-TV reports the Powers believes someone intentionally shot and killed the animals and he's looking for some answers....

Minnesota farmer's tearful video underscores industry woes

Apr. 12, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

PINE ISLAND, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dairy farmer frustrated by the industry's rising financial pressures has taken to social media to voice his concerns in an emotional video that's been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Mark Berg, 26, told the Star Tribune that he posted the six-minute-long...

Bill to shield Nebraska farmers from nuisance suits advances

Apr. 10, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would expand protections for Nebraska farmers against public nuisance lawsuits has advanced in the Legislature despite objections that it could infringe on neighbors' property rights. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday with a 31-7 vote. Sen. Dan...

Man charge in connection with dead, neglected cattle

Apr. 10, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

EXETER, Neb. (AP) — A 30-year-old man has been a charged in connection with the discovery of hundreds of dead and ailing or neglected cattle at his farm in southern Nebraska's Fillmore County. County court records say Aaron Ogren is charged with one count of theft, two counts of prohibited sale of...

Dairy safety net program expected in June

Apr. 9, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An insurance program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June, the U.S. Farm Service Agency says, but farmers say it won't tackle the underlying challenges they face. Dairy farmers are in their fifth year of low milk prices that have driven...