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Increased productivity shrinks carbon footprint of cattle
November 2, 2009

PULLMAN – Discussion of the environmental impact of animal agriculture is very different when discussed in terms of productivity instead of individual animals, according to one of the newest members of the WSU Department of Animal Sciences.



“You can’t just talk about ‘the cow,’” said Jude Capper, assistant professor of animal science. “We have to think about it on an output basis, whether it’s milk, beef, pork or poultry. From 1944 to 2007, the carbon footprint of the cow has doubled, but during that same time period, the carbon footprint per gallon of milk has … » More …

Extension seeking pasture, feed for displaced cattle
August 12, 2005

PULLMAN — Wildfire notwithstanding, livestock have to eat, and Dave Bragg, director of the Washington State University Extension office in Garfield County, is helping coordinate efforts to get hay for cattle displaced by the School Fire about 15 miles south of Pomeroy. (Photo of smoke billowing from School Fire, taken in Asotin, Wash., by Lagene Taylor, College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources) Some 2,000 head have been moved to the east side of the county, Bragg said, about 200 head a day.Since last Friday, the fire has scorched nearly 50,000 acres in southeastern Washington, including summer grazing allotments in the Umatilla National Forest.”Some areas will … » More …