Did you hear about the plane that didn’t crash?

Did you hear about the plane that didn’t crash?

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No, probably not.

Because that wouldn’t make for a very good story, would it?

You only hear about the rare plane that does crash because it makes for a story.  According to statisticbrain.com, the odds of being killed in a plane crash are 1 in 29 million.  So, I wouldn’t say that plane crashes are the norm, would you?

This same reasoning can be applied to agriculture.

You see posts or hear about a farm abusing their livestock; However, this is NOT the norm.  These people are horrific and should be punished to the full extent of the law.  These rare, awful stories get the media attention, but like a plane crash they are just that-rare.  You hardly ever hear about the normal farms that do the right thing, care for their livestock and the land, and provide for their communities and the world.

By now it is widely known that stress releases cortisol and other hormones that increase sickness and decrease production, both of which cost a farmer or rancher money.  Abusing livestock or causing an animal stress is detrimental for the health and pocketbook of livestock owners.  An extensive amount of money is put into research every year on handling practices and ways to continue improving low-stress management of livestock.

Please form your own opinions. Get your own facts and learn the full story.

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Thank you for caring!

Wildlife Wins

Throughout the United States, farmers and ranchers participate in various efforts to keep wildlife species off the endangered list.  Today’s blog post will be about recent happenings with the Sage Grouse.

With sage grouse numbers on the decline, there was threat that the bird would be placed on the endangered species list.  However, conscious efforts from ranchers and environmental organizations to ensure conservation plans and reestablish habitat for the sage grouse kept the species off of the list.  In 2010, the Natural Resource Conservation Service started the Sage Grouse Initiative.  Since the start of the initiative 1,129 ranches have conducted conservation efforts on 4.4 million acres across the West.  This has not only led to saving the sage grouse, but has in turn also benefited 350 other species whose habitat is also sagebrush.  One example is the green-tailed towhee.  This sagebrush songbird was able to increase in population by 81 percent.

How have ranchers played a role?  One way ranchers have participated is to restore an abundance of conifer trees back to sagebrush landscape.  According to the SGI, junipers and pinyon pines have increased in range by 600%.  This is detrimental to native plants and animals. These trees also consume a large amount of water, converting wet meadows to dry landscapes.  Other ranchers have put in fences and water ways to improve their grazing plans, established conservation easements, and marked their fences to prevent bird collisions.  These practices not only benefit the sage grouse and many other species, but they benefit ranchers as well.

Ranchers do care.

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(sagegrouseinitiative.com)

 

(blogs.usda.gov)