Are Peonies Toxic to Livestock?

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Many flowers and plants commonly found in backyards and gardens can be toxic to animals. Paeonia officinalis is, according to Roman historian Gaius Plinius Secundus (23-79 BC), the oldest cultivated flower. Peonies produce large blossoms in almost every shade of red and are prized by gardeners for their lush beauty. Modern cultivars can be virtually…


Livestock farmers hard pressed for loans

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Although banks are prioritizing agricultural production as ordered by the central bank, most livestock farmers say interest rates are still too high for them to borrow. Nguyen Van Son, a pig farmer in the Mekong Delta Province of Tien Giang, said he needed 60 million dong (US$3,000) to revitalize his farming which was severely damaged…


Upbeat Andersons’ forecast for dairy livestock sectors

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The outlook for beef and sheep businesses is encouraging – while milk price increases look like restoring profitability for a typical dairy business this year. Those are the upbeat forecasts from specialist consultants Andersons, released for next week’s Dairy Event and Livestock Show. Two reports will be launched by Andersons’ director Richard King at the…


North Carolina crops, livestock battered by Irene

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RALEIGH, N.C., Aug 29 (Reuters) – Hurricane Irene caused serious losses to North Carolina tobacco and food crops and could drive some farmers out of business, the state agriculture commissioner said on Monday. The dollar cost and the percentage of crops and livestock lost will not be known until later, but the arrival of Irene…


Prices of livestock fixed for Eid

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With just a few days to go for Eid al Fitr when the consumption of meat increases, the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) has fixed the price of Australian livestock at RO85 for the slaughter house in Muscat and at RO90 for other wilayats. The Ministry of Agriculture will be responsible for ensuring that…


Public Authority sets livestock consumer prices

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MUSCAT — The Public Authority for Consumer Protection has set a sale price of RO 85 for Australian livestock in abattoirs in Muscat Governorate and RO 90 in the rest of the country. This was made in co-ordination with the importing company. Officials will inspect abattoirs and markets to ensure adherence and book violators. The…


Japanese firm enters feed, meat tie-up

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HCM CITY — Japan’s Marubeni Corporation has tied up with a food company based in Dong Nai Province near HCM City to set up an integrated food production and supply system centred on meat distribution in Viet Nam. It has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dong Nai Food Industrial Corporation (DOFICO) to manufacture…


Livestock a bridge too far

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Businesses are hesitate to invest in livestock breeding despite exceptional profit rates. Pumping money into livestock breeding was risky currently despite its exceptional profit margins of 20-25 per cent, said Nghe An Animal Breed Centre director Luu Cong Hoa. “Besides, the [animal husbandry] sector is always threatened by epidemic outbreaks. Once an outbreak took place,…


Veterinarians, livestock owners must be vigilant

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FARGO – Severe drought in the southern U.S., coupled with extreme wet conditions in the upper Midwest, is creating situations in which North Dakota veterinarians and livestock owners may see health problems not normally found in the state. FARGO – Severe drought in the southern U.S., coupled with extreme wet conditions in the upper Midwest,…


Off-the-wall idea creates perfect livestock bedding

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LIVESTOCK farmers worried over the rising cost of straw and other materials used for bedding have been presented with a novel solution which fits in with the drive towards recycling. David Hamilton, of Hamilton Waste, Drem, collects waste building materials, including plasterboard, from all around Scotland. After investing in specialist machinery that removes all contaminants…


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