Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped

A decade of no grazing has demonstrated positive effects on the richness of bird species.

Lisa Malm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~26 min

Tags: biodiversity birds agriculture nature interdisciplinarity farming sheep grazing in-depth insights-series rewilding

Sheep and bacteria are helping in the fight against coronavirus – here's how

The science of making reagents, the chemicals needed for the COVID-19 finger-prick test.

Paul Davies, Medical Research Council Unit Manager, University of Dundee • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  bacteria  covid-19  coronavirus  antibodies  sheep  scotland

Sheep and bacteria are helping in the fight against COVID-19 – here's how

The science of making reagents, the chemicals needed for the COVID-19 finger-prick test.

Paul Davies, Medical Research Council Unit Manager, University of Dundee • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  bacteria  covid-19  coronavirus  antibodies  sheep  scotland

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

Belching in a good way: How livestock could learn from Orkney sheep

The sheep of North Ronaldsay could teach other livestock how to belch in a way less harmful to the climate.

By Emma Jane Kirby • bbcnews
Jan. 3, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: environment agriculture sheep sheep-farming orkney

These goats and sheep at higher risk for deadly virus

A widespread and fatal sheep and goat plague virus is more likely to infect livestock when they're an owner's sole livelihood, a study in Tanzania shows.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Sept. 4, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: agriculture viruses livestock goats sheep science-and-technology

Ancient pee indicates when we started keeping sheep and goats

Urine salts offer clues to how people went from hunting sheep and goats in the wild to managing them as livestock.

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
April 24, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: agriculture archaeology livestock domestication goats sheep featured society-and-culture urine

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