Rabo Report & Bighorn Capture
A new report out by Rabo Bank shows that the cow herd must grow if the industry is going to preserve existing infrastructure and regain lost market share. The report, "Outside In: Confined Cow-Calf Production as a Viable Model for Rebuilding the U.S. Cow Herd Numbers" finds that more innovation is paramount to the growth of the U.S. cattle sector. The downside is a 32 million-acre decline in pasture availability over the last ten years is hindering expansion and causing producers to weigh options that require less land.
Three infected Rocky Mountain bighorns will be captured this week and sent to a South Dakota State University research center. Scientists are hoping to figure out how to stop the spread of a bacterial pneumonia that has infected the bighorns. Wildlife officials will use a helicopter to capture the surviving members of a herd in Hells Canyon that once had nearly 90 individuals. The bighorns will be part of a three-year study involving about 40 sheep from the northwest and others.
That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.