Livestock Health – Causes Care & Cures Of Common Cattle Diseases

If you are raising cattle in your farm, it is very important to know the types of diseases your cattle can suffer from to best manage and treat these diseases. Most of the diseases of cattle or any farm animal can be prevented through proper management and care. Tick Damage If your farm animals are suffering from ticks, they can cause severe damage to your cattle if left untreated for a long time, especially around ears and udder. The wounds made by ticks can be worsened by flies or bacterial infections. It is important to identify the tick attack early. Some ticks are more dangerous than others and cause greater damage, such as the ticks that cause heart water, red water and gall sickness in cattle. Prevention and tick control Use tick control products that are easy to use on your cattle. You may find pour-on, spray-on, or plunge-dip products found at your local farm supply stores. If you have the proper facilities, use the plunge dip methods. Pour-on could be expensive but the easiest method to use. To prevent tick attacks, keep the heavily effected animals separate as soon as identified. Check for ticks once a week in the wet seasons and once every two weeks in the dry seasons. Use vaccination to protect your cattle against tick borne disease. Anthrax Anthrax is a fatal disease caused by bacteria in cattle. It is also highly infections and causes fatality in farm animals across every continents of the world. Animals usually show signs of illness within two to seven days after swallowing the spores of bacteria, which produce extremely...

Headlines 10.31.12

Happy Halloween!  Here are this week’s headlines.  In honor of the holiday, we have an article about horror films that convey a message of sustainability and environmentalism, methane seeps accelerating global warming, vertical farms, hurricane Sandy and global warming, how America’s corn market is operating upside down, and finally, axolotls. Barry Levinson Makes Eco-Horror –  “The idea behind “The Bay” began after Mr. Levinson was asked to direct a documentary about environmental crises facing Chesapeake Bay. After watching a 2009 “Frontline” broadcast on the topic he opted instead for a graphic fictional treatment. “I don’t know that we pay attention to facts anymore,” he said over lunch in New York recently…  “We have to breathe the air and drink water,” he continued. “If you take one of those common elements, or put something into those elements, and make it the enemy, it becomes terrifying.” Climate Changing Methane Rapidly Destabilizing off East Coast – A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast has destabilized frozen methane deposits trapped under nearly 4,000 square miles of seafloor, scientists reported Wednesday. And since methane is even more potent than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas, the researchers said, any large-scale release could have significant climate impacts. Sandy Storm Surge, is This What Climate Change Looks Like – Excellent graphics. Vertical Farm in Singapore Produces a Ton of Food a Day – “The vertical farm, which has been developed by Sky Green Farms, consists of 120 aluminum towers, each extending up almost 30 feet in height. It can produce over 1,000 pounds of three kinds of vegetables per day, all of which are...

Headlines 10/24/12

Here are this week’s headlines!  We have news on food prices, expensive farmland, an excellent OpEd by Mark Bittman, the color blue and why you shouldn’t eat Chinese food.  Enjoy! A Simple Fix for Farming – Excellent piece by Mark Bittman about a study proving that more food can be grown without industrial outputs.  A must read. Another Food Crisis is Likely to Spur Revolution in the Developing World – “Some serious research has been done on the correlation between food prices and social unrest. The New England Complex Systems Institute has published several reports (NECSI). Their data show clear correlations during periods of food shortage in 2008 and during the Arab Spring period in 2011. Alarmingly, today the current food crisis is at the same type of levels that led to widespread unrest in 2008 and 2011.” Why China Has the Worst Farms in the World – Pictures and discussion of Chinese farms. Maggots in the Pasta: Why Europe Screens Tainted Chinese Food – “Cypriot inspectors found arsenic in the frozen calamari. The Italians discovered maggots in the pasta. There were glass chips in the pumpkin seeds bound for Denmark, and Spanish regulators blocked a shipment of frozen duck meat because of forged papers. It has been a rough year for Chinese food exports to Europe.” Eating Our Weight in GMOs – “Americans are unknowingly consuming vast amounts of genetically-modified (GMO) foods, reports the nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG). According to their analysis released last week, the average adult in America consumes 193 pounds of GMO foods every year…” How Record Food Prices Disrupt World...

Guy McPherson "Not Even A Spoonful of Sugar Could Help"

Next Tuesday, October 9th, at 7pm Mountain time, we will be featuring Guy McPherson, author of the blog “Nature Bats Last,” on our free webinar series.   Space is limited, so reserve your spot here. Guy McPherson is professor emeritus of natural resources and the environment at the University of Arizona, where he taught and conducted research for 20 years. He’s written well over 100 articles, ten books, the most recent of which is Walking Away From Empire, and has focused for many years on conservation of biological diversity. He lives in an off-grid, straw-bale house where he practices durable living via organic gardening, raising small animals for eggs and milk, and working with members of his rural community. I’m personally very excited about hosting Guy next week, and I’ve enjoyed e-mailing back and forth with him.  He’s a true expert, and as evidenced in the article below, possesses a unique and strong voice for some very difficult information.  Guy, thanks for telling it straight. “Not Even A Spoonful of Sugar Could Help” By Guy McPherson Television anchor Edward R. Murrow is credited with this expression: “Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.” Murrow understood the power of television to misinform the masses. This strategy has worked brilliantly on every front, but none more pronounced than the all-important issue of global climate change. Seeking “balance” on the idiot box has meant presenting two sides to a one-sided issue until it’s become too late to address the crisis. It’s now too late. Feel...

FREE Webinar with Guy McPherson – Nature Bats Last

On Tuesday, October 9th, at 7pm Mountain time,  we will be featuring Guy McPherson, Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at The University of Arizona, and writer of Nature Bats Last, on our free webinar series to discuss the near and long term impacts of climate change on humanity.  Guy comes armed with the latest data, publications and observations from across the globe. We will be featuring some of his previously published articles here on our blog in the coming week, so check back often! Space is limited, so register and reserve your spot today here. Hope to see you...

Headlines 9/19/12

Here are the headlines from this week!  Read, share, comment! US Drought Keeps Expanding –  “The worst drought conditions in the lower 48 states expanded for the third week in a row as the level of moderate-to-worse drought hit a high for the year, the U.S. Drought Monitor said.  Exceptional drought, the most severe category on a four- step scale, now covers 6.23 percent of the region, an increase from 6.14 percent last week, according to the Monitor, based in Lincoln, Nebraska. The category peaked Aug. 21 at 6.31 percent.  The four levels combined increased to 64.16 percent from 63.39 percent last week, the highest this year, the Monitor reported. The previous high was 63.86 percent on July 24.” New Zealand River Gains Legal Voice –  “Under a landmark agreement, signed in New Zealand earlier this summer, the Whanganui River has become a legal entity with a legal voice.  The agreement is the result of over a hundred years of advocacy by the Whanganui iwi, an indigenous community with a long history of reliance on the river and its bountiful natural resources.” Arctic Sea Ice Interactive – The Guardian has had excellent coverage around the Arctic Sea Ice and climate change, and this is a very revealing interactive tool. Expert Predicts Final Collapse of Arctic Ice in Four Years  –  “A global disaster.” Vanishing Ice is Planet’s White Flag of Surrender – “This new great melting heralds… the gravest of threats to civilization. Removing the lid from the pole will release heat equivalent to fast-forwarding human-caused climate change by two decades, say scientists.” Staggering Decline of Sea Ice at...