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Poison ivy-eating goats moved from New Jersey park in advance of shutdown - Fox News

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Are gassy cattle a bigger problem than US government thought?

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Cattle generate twice as much methane as the EPA supposed, according to a new report. The study's findings may also change assumptions about the safety of extracting natural gas, which consists primarily of methane.

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Josh Nelson's curator insight, December 5, 2013 9:05 PM

Cassie Chriswell: 

I think that the gassy cattle is a big problem.  According to the report, human-caused (anthropogenic) methane emissions account for almost 65% of the global methane budget, most of that comes from cattle.  This report finds that ruminant animals generate twice as much methane than previously thought.  Can you believe that anthropogenic methane emissions for all sources were 2.7 times greater in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, making up almost 30% of the atmospheric carbon released by the natural-gas industry.  The hope was that natural gas would help reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions vs. coal! 

Trevor Boyne's curator insight, December 6, 2013 8:34 AM

These cattle are creating double the amount of methane in which we thought was being created. Cattle make up 24 percent of the nations emmisions of methane. With over 90 thousand cattle, that makes up for a lot of methane. In fact they are the leading cause of human caused methane in the nation.

Connor Emmert's curator insight, December 10, 2013 11:07 AM

I think that methane is a problem but if its coming from the cattle then its natural and its sopposed to be there. and the greenhouse effect is actually pretty nice. I mean indiana is 10 degrees right now and well warmness is ok and if its natual then its sopposed to be there. Just learn to cop with it 

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Tens of thousands of cattle killed in Friday's blizzard, ranchers say

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Tens of thousands of cattle killed in Friday's blizzard, ranchers say October 08, 2013 7:33 am • Daniel Simmons-Ritchie Journal staff Tens of thousands of cattle lie dead across South Dakota on Monday following a blizzard that could become one of the most costly in the history of the state’s agriculture industry. As state officials spent the day calculating the multi-million dollar impact to the regional economy from Friday's storm, ranchers began digging up hundreds of cattle that are still buried beneath feet of snow. "This is absolutely, totally devastating," said Steve Schell, a 52-year-old rancher from Caputa. "This is horrendous. I mean the death loss of these cows in this country is unbelievable." Schell said he estimated he had lost half of his herd, but it could be far more. He was still struggling to find snow-buried cattle and those that had been pushed miles by winds that gusted at 70 miles per hour on Friday night. Martha Wierzbicki, emergency management director for Butte County, said the trail of carcasses was a gruesome sight across the region. “They’re in the fence line, laying alongside the roads,” she said. “It’s really sickening.” Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, said most ranchers she had spoken to were reporting that 20 to 50 percent of their herds had been killed. "I have never heard of anything like it," she said. "And none of the ranchers I have talked to can remember anything like it." While South Dakota ranchers are no strangers to blizzards, what made Friday's storm so damaging was how early it arrived in the season. Christen said cattle hadn't yet grown their winter coats to insulate them from freezing wind and snow. In addition, Christen said, during the cold months, ranchers tend to move their cattle to pastures that have more trees and gullies to protect them from storms. Because Friday's storm arrived so early in the year, most ranchers were still grazing their herds on summer pasture, which tend to be more exposed and located farther away from ranch homes. Ultimately, Christen said, she believed that more than 5 percent of the roughly 1.5 million cattle in Western South Dakota had been killed. "It's much higher than that," she said. "But I'm not sure where that number is going to land." Jodie Anderson, executive director of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, said the pain for ranchers is now compounded by dysfunction within the federal government. While the government has programs to help ranchers who suffer losses from catastrophic weather events, those programs are in limbo because Congress has failed to pass a farm bill. The legislation is normally passed every five years and controls subsidy and insurance programs for the agriculture industry. Making things worse, because the government is currently in a partial shutdown, ranchers are unable to ask federal officials questions about how they might be reimbursed in the future. "A lot of the government agencies that we would normally be turning to for those answers are furloughed,” she said. “So there's this sort of timing issue that's enhancing the frustration out there in cattle country." The shutdown was caused after House Republicans, including U.S. Rep Kristi Noem, R-S.D., refused to pass a resolution to fund the government unless Democrats weakened or delayed parts of President Obama's 2010 health care overhaul. On Monday, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., pointed to South Dakota's battered ranchers as another example of why House Republicans needed to continue funding the government without preconditions. "Like the snow storm, the government shutdown is causing major disruptions in people’s lives and every day business," he said in a statement. Whether they are eventually reimbursed for their losses or not, however, ranchers are likely to feel the pain for years. David Uhrig, 31, a rancher in Folsom, said he estimated about 25 percent of his herd had been killed, which meant far fewer calves this spring. “We are looking at years of rebuilding to get back to what we lost,” he said. In the short term, however, Uhrig had far more pressing concerns. Like most ranchers, he spent most of Monday searching his land for stray cattle or sorting out cattle that had drifted into neighboring herds. “It’s not uncommon at this point to find cattle that are five miles from where they should be,” he said. “Which doesn't seem like a lot, but to drift five miles in a storm — that’s a lot.” Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota’s state veterinarian, said that the next immediate challenge for ranchers would be disposal of carcasses. “That can be a significant source of disease spread, so we want to make sure those carcasses are burned, buried or rendered as quickly as possible,” he said. Oedekoven said disposal was primarily be the responsibility of ranchers themselves. However, the state was also helping ranchers get in touch with haulers that would take carcasses away for rendering. He added that, while the federal government was in poor shape to offer assistance because of the shutdown and a lack of a farm bill, ranchers should thoroughly document all cattle deaths. He said that could include taking photos, collecting cattle tags, or bringing in a veterinarian or farm service provider as an eye witness of deaths. “If you don’t keep good records about your losses you won’t be available for indemnity funds should they become available,” he said.


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Summer Rain Reimer's curator insight, December 8, 2013 1:38 PM

There was a blizzard  in South Dakota. They didn't know about the  storm coming .They left the cattles out over night and it snowed  really bad. The cattles got buried in the snow and they can't get out  because the snow was heavy . Over 10,000 cattles got killed by the blizzard. They hadent grown their winter coats to keep them warm because it takes a long time to grow the winter coats. But the blizzard came to South Dakota early then they expected and that why they had died. cause their coats didnt grow all the way in .

Josh Nelson's curator insight, December 9, 2013 5:16 PM

Cassie Chriswell:

This all took place in South Dakota!  It was a big blizard that cost a lot of money due to all the cattle lost.  Officals say that it is going to be a multi-million dollar loss due to the calculations.  That's not good!  Winds gusted up to and at 70 miles per hour on that Friday night.  It was so bad because most of the cattle hadent grown a there winter fur coat yet.  Most of the cattle got blown away or frozen to death due to the cold weather.   Estimates we made that 1.5 million cattle died in South Dakota due to the biggest blizard.

Connor Emmert's curator insight, December 10, 2013 10:53 AM

This kinda of thing really sucks. but theres really nothing anyone can do. I think maybe having more shelter may have helped though. the damage is in the millions , not to mention the farmers that dont have that kind of insurance. this is just a crappy thing all around

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The Grounds offer reward for stolen pet pig and lamb

The Grounds offer reward for stolen pet pig and lamb | Animal Science | Scoop.it
Kevin Bacon has been pig-napped.(A popular resident of The Grounds of Alexandria, Kevin Bacon, was pig-napped overnight, via @meganlevy http://t.co/KXJ3H98YxC)...
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Police watch over sheep costs €80000, and counting - Times of Malta

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Police watch over sheep costs €80000, and counting
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A round-the-clock police watch of 300 sheep grazing in a farm on the outskirts of Għarb has already cost taxpayers close to €80,000 in police salaries and overtime.
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Five Species You Thought Were Endangered That Really Aren't (Including the ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

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Summer Rain Reimer's curator insight, December 8, 2013 1:30 PM

humpback whales really arnt endangered because of the save the whales . their speices is widely misunderstood.

praying mantises are not at all indagered their are more than 20 diffrent species of mantises. 

clouded leopards thier is no data saying that their species is in decline . we dont here about them cause their almost the last thing on the cat chart , that why poeple think they are endangered.

komodo dragon - they can be come endagered if we keep hunting on them but their not endagered yet . their are about 5,000 wild one spreaded around multiple island.

polar bears their are about 25,000 polar bears worldwide and their are about 19 subpopulation of polar bears .people think their endagered cause of global warming .

Josh Nelson's curator insight, December 9, 2013 3:53 PM

Cassie Chriswell: 

 

Humpback Whales- 

- estimated at 125,000, and today they probably number about 80,000 individuals.

 

Praying Mantises- 

- illegall to kill then in the United States

- more than 20 species are found in North America 

 

Clouded Leopared-

- not a leopared at all, but it is the smallest of the big cat family

 

Komado Dragons- 

- only 5,000 left on tiny little islands

 

Polar Bears- 

- some people say that it is due to global warming that they became extinct

- only 25,000 polar bears left worldwide 

Olivia Haltom's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:09 AM

i thought it was intresting to find out these animals really arent endangered.

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Big Pork Deal Comes Amid Friction Over Livestock Drug – Utne Altwire

Big Pork Deal Comes Amid Friction Over Livestock Drug – Utne Altwire | Animal Science | Scoop.it
The proposed .7 billion sale of Smithfield Foods, America’s largest pork producer, to China’s biggest meat processing company comes amid significant trade friction between the two countries over meat and livestock.China bans ractopamine, a...

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Poison ivy-eating goats moved from New Jersey park in advance of shutdown - Fox News

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Halloween, a time for...sexy pizza, slutty chickens, and cleavagey Kermit the Frog?!?

Halloween, a time for...sexy pizza, slutty chickens, and cleavagey Kermit the Frog?!? | Animal Science | Scoop.it
Halloween, why you gotta be so sexified? Check out LadyAirington's thoughts on the matter. Or just click to see a sexy Oscar the Grouch. (#halifax #blogpost Halloween, a time for...sexy pizza, slutty chickens, and cleavagey Kerm...
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How dogs are teaching young offenders new tricks

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Kirsty Scott: Abandoned dogs are being trained by prisoners for rehoming in the first project of its kind in the UK (RT @McGreevyCoCrime: How dogs are teaching young offenders new tricks http://t.co/VJHMmdtjuj)...

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I think that this will help the offenders to do better. Some offenders do what they do because of lonelyness. So maybe this will help them to do better. It also helps the dogs to have a place tolive. It is a way to help the offenders and the dogs.

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vince tracy's curator insight, September 19, 2013 6:43 AM

There are clear links between training dogs and training offenders..