Based on this year’s weather conditions throughout parts of the U.S. and Canada, the threat of deoxynivalenol (commonly referred to as vomitoxin or DON) in wheat crop is a real issue farmers are currently facing. But when it comes to knowing how much DON-contaminated wheat grain or wheat straw farmers can actually feed animals without incurring negative production and health effects, the questions of how much is too much comes top of mind.
An article recently published by Agri-View, discusses this conundrum and suggests that before feeding any potentially contaminated wheat grain or wheat straw, farmers should sample the product to determine its contamination level. Once you know the contamination level, you can then determine how much you can feed before you reach the upper DON limit. [ More ... ]
Herds of 2,000-pound beasts with horns the size of full grown men is not the typical image that comes to mind when you envision the picturesque island of Hawaii. Nor would you believe that these “beasts” do not belong to the grizzly bear or mountain lion family, but are rather cows, the wild Hawaiian cow, to be exact.
What is being done about these cows is causing animosity between native Hawaiian hunters and the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). According to Hawaii Administrative Rules the DLNR considers the cattle an invasive species that are damaging the local ecosystem, and has resorted to managing their population through airborne shootings and other organized hunts. This however, does not settle well with local hunters who grew up surrounded by the cattle and consider hunting them a 200-year tradition. One hunter in particular says these cattle are a way for the isolated state to provide some of its own meat, and is what he and his eight sons rely on to survive. [ More ... ]
Over the millennia that we have been fighting rats, researchers have provided nearly endless solid scientific rationale for us wanting to hit any we see with a baseball bat about 17 times.
They spread disease, eat our food, contaminate our food and homes, bite us, and are generally unlikable.
The BBC reports that there are farmers in Southeast Asia that now believe that if we can’t beat them, we might as well eat them. In the article, one rat trapper explains that these rats are not the nasty rats seen in horror movies and nightmares. These rats are better-tasting rice-fed rats — or so they claim. [ More ... ]
A recent study has apparently proven that dogs would prefer that humans would just shut the heck up, and get down to petting them on their furry soft little heads, behind their ears, or oh my, on their cute little tummies.
The research, which was co-authored by Dr. Erica Feuerbacher of the University of Florida and Dr. Clive Wynne of Arizona State University, found that dogs preferred petting to vocal praise, whether it came from the dog’s owner or a stranger. The study also found that dogs will only respond to vocal praise if it comes from an owner they are very familiar with. [ More ... ]