Ranching http://www.kplu.org en Drought, wildfires force ranchers to look for efficiencies http://www.kplu.org/post/drought-wildfires-force-ranchers-look-efficiencies The people who raise cattle destined to become steak or hamburger on your dinner plate are feeling the pinch. Wildfires this summer have scorched more than a million acres of Northwest rangeland. In addition, the Midwest drought is driving up feed costs across the board.<p>Now ranches and feedlots are looking to cut their feed costs in the short term... And longer term, have an eye on making the cattle themselves more efficient.<p>The cost of feed is by far the biggest expense on the ledgers of most Western beef farmers. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 06:36:00 +0000 6542 at http://www.kplu.org Drought, wildfires force ranchers to look for efficiencies Understanding infertility in cows could shed light on humans' too http://www.kplu.org/post/understanding-infertility-cows-could-shed-light-humans-too <p>It turns out humans and cattle have some of the same fertility issues.</p><p>Researchers at Washington State University have received <a href="http://news.wsu.edu/pages/publications.asp?Action=Detail&amp;PublicationID=32346&amp;TypeID=1">more than a million dollars </a>from the National Institutes of Health to look into what causes lost pregnancies in beef cattle - and also what that can teach us about miscarriages in humans.</p><p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:01:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5987 at http://www.kplu.org Understanding infertility in cows could shed light on humans' too