livestock

Agriculture/Drought
2:23 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

MU professor: drought-damaged corn as feed can pose health risk to livestock

Drought-stricken corn in Missouri's Boone County.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews/Malory Ensor)

A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock.

Tom Evans is an associate professor of veterinary pathobiology at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine. He says nitrate levels can accumulate in drought-stressed corn and pose a risk to animal health.

Many farmers across the Midwest are abandoning ruined corn crops and salvaging what they can to feed to their animals, especially cattle.

Read more
Ag disaster
12:56 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Nixon calls for 'flash grazing' for Mo. livestock owners

Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has called on the Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission to allow livestock farmers to let their herds flash graze temporarily in so-called “exclusion areas.”

Read more
Animal Welfare
4:39 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Hardee's to end use of cramped crates in pork supply chain

This photo shows sows in gestation crates. The Humane Society of the United States provided the photo, which the organization says was taken during its 2012 undercover investigation at a Wyoming breeding facility supplying pigs to Tyson Foods.
The Humane Society of the United States

The fast food chain Hardee’s says it will stop buying pork from suppliers who use gestation crates – the cramped metal cages where many industrial pork producers house pregnant sows for most of their adult lives.

The cages are not much bigger than the pigs themselves, making it difficult for the animals to move or lie down comfortably.

Read more
Agriculture
4:35 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Novus to host international animal agriculture roundtable

Novus International headquarters in St. Charles, Mo. Novus will host a roundtable on June 15 about animal agriculture and feeding the growing world population.
(via Novus International)

Close to 30 representatives of the animal agriculture industry are meeting in St. Louis tomorrow to discuss the challenges of feeding the world’s growing population.

The international roundtable is being hosted by St. Charles-based Novus International. Novus produces animal feed additives and nutritional supplements.

Read more
Elk Reintroduction
2:48 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Elk reintroduction: a different kind of Missouri comeback

You can also see photos of the elk and find out more about the reintroduction above. And, for more information about  the elk restoration efforts prior to their arrival in Missouri, see the video below the story text.

Starting tomorrow*, elk will be back in Missouri. They haven’t been here since the mid-1800s, when hunting and habitat loss drove eastern elk to extinction.

States from Arkansas to Pennsylvania have since reestablished their elk populations. And now Missouri is trying to do the same.

But not everyone is happy about the state’s elk reintroduction plans.

Read more