Posts Tagged ‘animal’

Sale of Junior Champions draws thousands of animals

JACKSON — Young Mississippians took approximately 3,000 animals to Jackson to show at the Dixie National Livestock Show, but only 44 animals were judged worthy of competing in the annual Sale of Junior Champions. Mikayla Shelton is one of hundreds of Mississippi youth who groom their goats, lambs, steers and hogs all year long in […] [...]

State’s dairy farmers still facing steep feed costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — This year continues the trend of high feed prices, making it very challenging for Mississippi dairy farms to make a profit. Lamar Adams, dairy specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said prices farmers are paid for their milk have been higher than in recent years, but feed prices have remained […] [...]

Officials approve naming beaches critical habitat for turtles

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Officials say they won’t have any problems if Mississippi beaches are named critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing nearly 750 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi as protected habitat. South Carolina officials have said that could make it harder and […] [...]

Slaughterhouse official responds to PETA video

PONTOTOC — The president of a north Mississippi meat processor said a video released by an animal rights group shows two instances in which pigs were not stunned properly before slaughter. Southern Quality Meats president Don Haynie said in a news release that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals did not give his company […] [...]

Fish and Wildlife awards grant for bat disease study

by Associated Press Published: June 28,2013

Tags: animal, bat, disasease, ecosystem, environment, fauna, federal agency, grant, outdoors, research, rodent, study, wildlife

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $42,248 in federal funds for white-nose syndrome projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the grants will support research and detection of the fatal bat disease, and response to it. States also will use the funds to monitor bat populations. Mississippi is among 28 states receiving grants. Fish and […] [...]

USDA revokes zoo’s license; owners plan appeal

by Associated Press Published: May 15,2013

Tags: animal, animal cruelty, animal rights, appeal, federal agency, judge, justice, license, tourism, tourist, visitor, zoo, zoological park

COLLINS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has revoked the exhibitor’s license of the Collins Zoo following a hearing before an administrative law judge. The decision adds to the stack of legal troubles facing zoo owners Gus and Betty White following the most recent Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks raid of the U.S. […] [...]

Wild hogs continue to hurt economy, ecosystem

by Associated Press Published: February 14,2013

Tags: agriculture, animal, damage, destruction, economy, ecosystem, environment, farm, farmer, farming, outdoors, wild hog, wildlife

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s rapidly growing wild hog population is cutting its own destructive swath through the state, and along the way exacting a heavy toll on the state’s ecosystem. Wild hogs, sometimes referred to as feral pigs, are swine that were once domesticated and were released or escaped into the wild. Their ability to […] [...]

Livestock auction sets new records, passes $5M milestone

by MBJ Staff Published: February 13,2013

Tags: agriculture, animal, auction, bid, cow, farm, farmer, farming, goat, hog, lamb, livestock, pig, sheep, steer, youth

JACKSON — After a week of intense competition, 42 animals and their exhibitors qualified for the 44th annual Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, Mississippi’s premier youth livestock auction. Thirteen hogs, 12 lambs, nine goats and eight steers were auctioned off at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds’ Trade Mart. For the first time, the animals were […] [...]

Cochran cosponsors bill to reauthorize Wildlife Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation to reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), which leverages federal funds with private resources to promote fish and wildlife conservation. Cochran is cosponsoring the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act (S.51), which would reauthorize a program created by Congress in 1984 […] [...]

Cattleman to change plea to guilty in loan fraud case

ABERDEEN — Court records say a man will plead guilty to hiding the sales of cattle and using fake invoices to avoid paying back a federal loan. A filing in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen says Clint Mann intends to change his plea. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 19. Court records say Mann obtained a […] [...]

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