Livestock Articles




Arizona Agriculture: An Often Ignored Success Story (1)


One of the greatest resources of this country is our inspiration – an idea every time you turn around.

A Spark of Optimism for Ag Labor Reform


Farmers and ranchers need a reliable workforce to produce food for America, and accept that most of the workers they need come from other nations. It has been a long time coming, but U.S. lawmakers are increasingly recognizing this as well.

The Return of Tough Times in the Dairy Industry!


A year ago Arizona Agriculture interviewed Paul Rovey, owner of Arizona’s Rovey Dairy, chair of Dairy Management, Inc. and President of United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA). “The contrast from 2009 to today is night and day,” Rovey said back then. “2009 was painful, 2010 was our climb out year and 2011 should reflect gains.” He was correct. The 2011 numbers show gains; however, 2012 numbers won’t be revealed until this coming fall. But even without new numbers Arizona Dairy farmers know too well that the overall industry is hurting again. So recently Arizona Agriculture reconnected with Rovey to understand the current situation.

Sustainable Farming in Arizona: Debate Over Livestock Continues to be an Ongoing Challenge


By Paul Schwennesen, Southern Arizona Rancher and Young Farmer & RancherThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released a report back in 2006 stating that livestock contribute over 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, a larger impact than the world’s entire transportation sector. Pretty damning stuff. In fact, it’s the sort of “fact” that led to Sir Pa...

Is Market Speculation the School Yard Bully in the Dairy Industry?


By Kelly Moss, Owner of Mountain Shadow Dairy, LLCRemember those see-saws on the playgrounds? Those were a lot of fun and worked pretty well when they were balanced with equally sized kids on each end. Unfortunately they could cause some pain and discomfort when one side was manned by a bully that would jump off when you were at the top, letting you come crashing down. That's kind of what it...

Animal Agriculture and Responsible Antibiotic Use


By Alyn M. McClure, DVM with Herd Health Management, LPRecently, CBS News producers created a special report on the use of antibiotics in livestock production. The piece, reported by Evening News anchor Katie Couric, is not a factual representation of the scientific, safe and careful use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. My lifetime of experience in animal agriculture makes their report ...

Agriculture Wins on Hogwash Campaign


By Jim KlinkerExecutive SecretaryArizona Farm BureauYes, I said “wins” and you are scratching your heads thinking we lost when voters passed Proposition 204 by a better than 60 percent to 40 percent margin. You are saying to yourself that our hog industry lost the use of gestation pens and if veal production ever comes to Arizona, dairymen cannot use small pens to hold the animals. Yo...

Animal Rights in Arizona: It's Not About Stall Size


By Kaye Lunsford, United Dairymen of Arizona Arizona is the target of out-of-state anti-meat activists. Currently, these activists are gathering signatures in order to get an initiative on the November ballot that reads “Pigs during pregnancy and calves raised for veal must be given sufficient space to turn around, lie down, and fully extend their limbs when tethered, or confined in cr...