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Livestock disaster plans can offer peace of mind

When storms hit, disaster plans help livestock farmers weather the damages.



High school students apply ag coursework to cattle operation

Vocational agriculture classes are growing in popularity in many public school systems. Some Virginia high school ag programs have a greenhouse or give students the opportunity to raise small farm animals like goats. But only three in Virginia offer a chance to work with cattle on a real farm. One of those is the Giles County Land Lab.



Speaker: Farmers can train beef and dairy herds to eat weeds

Farmers can reduce feed costs and increase their profit by teaching cows to eat more weeds than grass, a nationally known livestock expert says.



AFBF: FDA’s livestock antibiotic proposals based on theory

Citing a lack of data to support limiting antibiotic use in livestock, the American Farm Bureau Federation has told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that it is concerned about proposals that would restrict antibiotic use based on unproven theory.



Black vultures prey on farmers’ minds, herds

The number of federally-protected black vultures in Virginia has grown over the past 30 years, and the birds have become a nuisance for many farmers, preying on live calves, lambs, piglets and other vulnerable animals.



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