livestock http://iowapublicradio.org en World Class Auctioneers Compete in Des Moines This Weekend http://iowapublicradio.org/post/world-class-auctioneers-compete-des-moines-weekend <p>If Russele Sleep wins this year’s World Livestock Auctioneering Championships, he says it would be a huge honor. “I used to go to markets with my dad and watch the auctioneers sell calves. I loved it… winning would be like getting my super bowl ring.”</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:47:59 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Emily Woodbury 42537 at http://iowapublicradio.org World Class Auctioneers Compete in Des Moines This Weekend An Unexpected History of Carnivore America http://iowapublicradio.org/post/unexpected-history-carnivore-america-0 <p>The battle surrounding meat and livestock production ranks among the longest-waged and hardest fought in American history. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with historian and author, Maureen Ogle. Her new book is titled <em>In Meat We Trust</em>.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:43:36 +0000 Ben Kieffer 42284 at http://iowapublicradio.org An Unexpected History of Carnivore America Virtual Reality for Chickens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/virtual-reality-chickens <p>Would you eat the eggs of a hen lost in virtual reality?</p><p>On this <em>River to River</em> segment - a proposal by Austin Stewart of Iowa State University to give real, captive chickens a true virtual experience of roaming a free range.</p><p>“All the chickens in this world would have microphones so they can squawk at one another and socialize," says Stewart.</p><p><em>Spoiler alert: </em>While Stewart admits that this is not a real business proposal, he is trying to provoke discussion on our lives as people living in "boxes" as well as communication on our livestock practices.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:22:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41078 at http://iowapublicradio.org Virtual Reality for Chickens An Unexpected History of Carnivore America http://iowapublicradio.org/post/unexpected-history-carnivore-america <p>The battle surrounding meat and livestock production ranks among the longest-waged and hardest fought in American history. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with historian and author, Maureen Ogle. Her new book is titled <em>In Meat We Trust</em>.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:10:29 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Emily Woodbury 34653 at http://iowapublicradio.org An Unexpected History of Carnivore America Johnson County Hog Farming and CAFOs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/johnson-county-hog-farming-and-cafos <p>How do you stop plans for a new housing subdivision near your property? Well, how about starting a hog operation right next to it? That's exactly what some residents north of Iowa City are doing.&nbsp; Today on "River to River" we'll hear from both sides of the feud.</p><p>We'll also visit a hog confinement to find out where your bacon comes from.&nbsp; We'll also hear pro and con voices concerning concentrated animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs.</p><p></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:00:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer 19306 at http://iowapublicradio.org Johnson County Hog Farming and CAFOs More Money for Livestock Inspectors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/more-money-livestock-inspectors <p>The head of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources &nbsp;asked the governor and his budget advisors for &nbsp;more than a million dollars to hire new inspectors for the state’s livestock facilities.&nbsp; But that&nbsp; may not be enough to prevent the federal Environmental Protection agency&nbsp;</p><p>from taking over enforcement of clean water standards.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:31:45 +0000 Joyce Russell 11362 at http://iowapublicradio.org More Money for Livestock Inspectors My Farm Roots: Nathan Dorn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-nathan-dorn <p>Down a stretch of rural highway and country roads lined with fields, about an hour south of Lincoln, Neb., lies the Dorn family farm. That’s where Nathan Dorn grew up, where his grandfather farmed before him and where his father, uncles and cousin now farm beside him.</p><p>Dorn’s strong ties to the land made the decision to continue the family tradition of farming an easy one. But it also leaves him feeling misunderstood by the average American.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:00:59 +0000 Camille Phillips 8532 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Nathan Dorn Hoop Barns Protect Cattle From Heat http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hoop-barns-protect-cattle-heat <div class="article-body"><p>Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.</p><p>Some cattle producers are protecting their herds by putting them hoop barns, which are gaining acceptance across the Midwest. The simple structures are made from stretching fabric over strong metal arches, or hoops, providing vital shade and protection from rain, snow or sun.</p><p>Tanner Rowe, a cattle producer near Dallas Canter, Iowa, has found hoop barns can give cattle a much-needed break from sweltering heat.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:38:33 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 4994 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hoop Barns Protect Cattle From Heat Drought hurts grain farmers, but hits livestock producers hardest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-hurts-grain-farmers-hits-livestock-producers-hardest <p>It&rsquo;s official: Iowa is deep in the throes of a drought. State climatologist Harry Hillaker is calling it the worst drought since 1988. Yesterday Hillaker joined Governor Branstad at a town hall in Mount Pleasant. Farmers from across the state came to share concerns&mdash;but the most worried? It wasn&rsquo;t those with thirsty grain crops;&nbsp; it was livestock farmers.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:22:57 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 4862 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought hurts grain farmers, but hits livestock producers hardest Dairy industry pushes for reform http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dairy-industry-pushes-reform <div class="article-body"><p>Many dairymen are calling the government price support system broken, but just how to fix it isn&#39;t clear.&nbsp;There&#39;s debate over how much the government should step in to help in tough times and as to what degree it should let the free market govern.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:00:12 +0000 Jonathan Ahl & Kathleen Masterson 16 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dairy industry pushes for reform