Leighton Smith

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Customers driving changes to beef standards

VANCOUVER – When Ben Campbell heard Earls was switching to Certified Humane beef from the U.S., he had a different reaction than many Alberta …

Gene Editing Makes Cows Without Horns

With no apparent negative effects<p>Cattle have now been made hornless through genetic editing, with no apparent side effects, researchers say.<p>In the United States, roughly 80 percent of all calves raised for dairy and 25 percent of beef cattle get their horns removed every year — that's 4.8 million …

Lab-grown meat is here – but will vegetarians eat it?

No animal died to make this burger. No bleating calf was separated from its mother; no manure polluted the waterways; no blood was shed on the slaughterhouse floor. But vegetarians and vegans aren’t lining up to get a mouthful just yet.<p>On Monday, Netherlands-based researcher Mark Post served his …

The Vocabulary of Cattle Branding Irons & The Rustlers Who Alter Them To Steal Cattle

A recent article on Modern Farmer shares the history of the “symbols, visual puns and jaunty combinations of letters, numbers and styles” found on …

A Guide To The Fascinating Secret Language Of Cattle Branding

The concept of cattle branding may make some people squeamish, but the nearly 500-year-old practice is one of the main factors keeping the world's …

Drought Puts Texas Ranchers, And Cattle, At Risk

In the cattle town of Emory in East Texas, the worst drought in state history is threatening a way of life. Scorching temperatures and a lack of rain have forced many ranchers to sell off their stock.<p>Normally before being brought to market, cattle are penned in a rancher's best pasture to be …

Grass linked to Texas cattle deaths

<i>Updated Mon. 2:11 p.m. ET</i><p>(CBS News) ELGIN, Texas - A mysterious mass death of a herd of cattle has prompted a federal investigation in Central …

Dutch farmers launch €150m cow poop-to-power project

As we wait for the world's meat eaters to fall in love with bloody veggie burgers and fake meat (or, you know, carrots), something needs to be done …

The true cost of food

The true cost of food has been an issue that has affected me since the beginning of my farming life. Ever since I started farming back in the 1970s, …

How GMOs Help Us Reduce Food Waste & Its Environmental Impact

Producing enough food to meet the needs of a growing global population, while limiting our impact on the environment is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges of our time. Reducing food loss and waste is and will continue to be a critical part of the solution.<p>Today, we produce more than enough …

Communication for Climate-Smart Farming

<i>One of the ultimate injustices of climate change is that those who have contributed to it the least are those most vulnerable to its impacts. Highly dependent on small-scale and rainfed agriculture, sub-Saharan Africa stands to be struck severely by climatic instability. Thankfully, radio has</i> …

This Is What a Climate-smart Farm Looks Like

Wildlife<p><i>How One Kenyan Farmer Went From ‘Nothing’ to the Envy of the Neighborhood</i><p>Purity Gacaga’s small dairy farm in Embu, Kenya, is a model of climate change adaptation. All photos by Tim McDonnell.<p>The highway from Nairobi to Purity Gacaga’s dairy farm runs through the croplands of central Kenya: …