1/12/2018 7:16:00 AM/Categories: General News, Livestock, Poultry, National News, International , Ag Issues
Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports that since December, the H5N6 strain of avian influenza has been reported in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, South Korea and Taiwan, in addition to H5N8 outbreaks in Italy and Russia. The World Organization for Animal Health says more than 32 million birds were lost or destroyed since its last report in September, and regional outbreaks include countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Europe.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said it found no new cases of human infection with avian influenza in the Western Pacific Region between the last week of December and the first week of January, in its latest update. A total of 238 cases of human infection were reported in the area since January 2003, with 134 fatal cases. Globally, there were 860 cases of human infection of H5N in 16 countries worldwide between January 2003 and December 2017.
If there is a worldwide avian influenza outbreak it could mean consumers will look to other proteins.
Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting petitions for new plants to be added to the Montana Noxious Weed List. Interested parties who feel that a plant should be listed as a noxious weed in Montana can fill out a petition form (found at agr.mt.gov/weeds) and send it to Dave Burch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Chris Skorupa, Bridger, Montana; Rancher/Owner & Manager, Beartooth Fertilizer, Member of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association
From the Beaverhead-Deerlodge to the Lolo, the Greater Sage-Grouse makes its home in Montana’s National Forests for its unparalleled habitat conditions. As a species that has faced the label of a “threatened and endangered” species before, the sage grouse has emerged from that conversation as a success story for what can happen when ranchers, landowners, sportsmen, conservationists and federal government officials work together towards a common goal. As a result of these private-public relationships, the sage-grouse avoided being listed as threatened or endangered in 2015.