Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sustainable Cattle Farming and Rangeland Management in the American West

The cattle farming industry has always been one of the biggest adversaries of wildlife conservation and biodiversity. Ranchers in the American West are perpetually scrutinized for their use of unsustainable practices of overseeing rangelands and inhumane ways of raising cattle. But in recent years, a new type of sustainable ranching is taking hold in the prime cattle regions of the American West. Can Cattle Farming be Sustainable? Intensive livestock farming accounts for a big chunk of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. In essence, conventional ways of raising cattle, such as growing hay for feed, allowing cattle to graze across vast expanses, using antibiotics, as well as killing off predators in the area, are inherently destructive.


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