Rural America is more vulnerable to COVID-19 than cities are, and it's starting to show

Being able to identify communities that are susceptible to the pandemic ahead of time would allow officials to target public health interventions to slow the spread of the infection and avoid deaths.

David J. Peters, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, Iowa State University • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus livestock us-midwest rural mitigation slaughterhouses rural-policies

Why it's wrong to blame livestock farms for coronavirus

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some critics say livestock farms promote diseases that spread from animals to humans. An animal scientist explains how well-run farms work to keep that from happening.

Alison Van Eenennaam, Researcher, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: agriculture livestock swine-flu animal-welfare zoonotic-viruses veterinary-medicine pigs poultry biosecurity veterinary-science cows chickens

Climate change could wreck traditional sheep farming in Wales

Recent summers have offered a taste of things to come for Welsh farmers.

Mariecia Fraser, Reader in Upland Agroecology, Aberystwyth University • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture heat-wave livestock drought grass wales sheep-farming

East African herders drank milk 5,000 years ago

Traces of milk in ancient pots indicate that east African herders were consuming dairy 5,000 years ago.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: agriculture archaeology food kenya livestock tanzania science-and-technology milk dairy

Britain's endangered native ponies could help habitats recover – and Brexit offers an opportunity

Wild ponies have lived in Britain for over 4,000 years, but they're in danger of dying out.

Mariecia Fraser, Reader in Upland Agroecology, Aberystwyth University • conversation
March 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  livestock  culling  wild-horses  feral-horses  equine  conservation-of-native-species

Young California ranchers are finding new ways to raise livestock and improve the land

A new generation of ranchers is exploring sustainable ways to raise cattle, sheep and goats in California. Some are grazing herds on fire-prone lands, reducing wildfire risks and improving soils.

Leslie Roche, Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California, Davis • conversation
Jan. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  climate-change  agriculture  women  livestock  california  goats  sheep  cattle  grazing  wildfires  american-association-of-geographers  ranchers  regenerative-agriculture

To breed better cattle, ‘score’ gene mutations?

A scoring system for cattle DNA could help farmers breed fitter, more productive cows. Learning more about how genes affect health could help humans, too.

U. Melbourne • futurity
Jan. 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: agriculture genes livestock cows science-and-technology

Rotating cattle and crops can be OK for food safety

Experiments suggest it's possible for farmers to rotate cattle and organic crops on the same land without compromising food safety.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: sustainability agriculture livestock cows earth-and-environment food-poisoning

Map shows global rise in farm animal drug resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise as people around the world eat more meat and raise more livestock.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Sept. 27, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: agriculture antibiotics drug-resistance maps livestock earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

4 do’s (and 1 don’t) about keeping chickens in your yard

Backyard poultry farming may be to blame for the US outbreak of Salmonella. But there are some things you can do to protect yourself and your animals.

Greer Arthur-NC State • futurity
Sept. 11, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: salmonella livestock poultry chickens health-and-medicine

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