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Rare baby camel makes his debut at a zoo in Hungary

A baby camel of the endangered wild Bactrian or Camelus bactrianus ferus species made a first appearance at Budapest Zoo on Tuesday, following its birth last week. Baby Ilias, a male, was born on April 9, to its eight-year-old mother, Iris, whose maternal line has lived at the zoo for several generations. Ilias -- whose father came from a zoo in Miskolc, a city in north-eastern Hungary -- was only presented to the media on Tuesday to give him time to bond with his mother, zookeepers said.

Remaining cattle released to Nevada rancher after armed standoff: witness

BUNKERVILLE, Nevada (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management released on Saturday the remaining cattle of a Nevada ranching family that the agency had seized in a dispute over grazing on federal land, according to a Reuters witness.

Nevada governor airs complaints about BLM roundup, rancher dispute on range outside Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A Republican U.S. senator added his voice Wednesday to critics of a federal cattle roundup fought by a Nevada rancher who claims longstanding grazing rights on remote public rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said he told new U.S. Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans shouldn't be penalized by an "overreaching" agency.

Pig virus threatens US outdoor grilling season

A dark cloud is menacing the cherished US summer season of outdoor grilling: a deadly pig virus that has been sweeping through farms and driving up pork prices. The porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus was first officially detected in the United States in May 2013. Now it is active in 27 of the nation's 50 states. The contagious virus is not transmissible to humans and poses no risk to food safety, assures the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). But it causes diarrhea and vomiting in pigs and is fatal in piglets.

Flood of dead pigs in China reservoir

Hundreds of dead pigs are being recovered every month from a Chinese reservoir, partly due to government efforts to stop carcasses making their way onto the dining table, state media said Wednesday. The revelations about the reservoir in Qionglai, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, are the latest scandal relating to food safety to hit China.

Dairy supply management costs billions, limits dairy industry: Conference Board

OTTAWA - The Conference Board says Canada's protectionist supply management system is costing consumers of dairy products billions of dollars, while also acting as a drag on the industry it coddles. The report argues that Canadian consumers pay $2.6 billion — or about $276 per family — more a year than those in other countries as a result of a system that inflates prices for dairy products, including milk and cheese.

North Dakota latest state to confirm case of deadly pig virus

By Meredith Davis (Reuters) - North Dakota is the latest state to confirm a case of a deadly pig virus which has killed an estimated 4 million pigs in the United States since its discovery in the spring of 2013. The first North Dakota case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, was confirmed in the eastern part of the state this week, the North Dakota State University Extension Service said in a statement on Thursday.

Bovines with buddies learn better, says new UBC research on Holsteins

VANCOUVER - If you're cattle are easily rattled or your heifers seems a little half-witted, maybe they just need a bovine buddy. New research out of the University of British Columbia suggests dairy calves learn better when they're in pairs, which might help them get the hang of that new robotic milker or feeder.

Ranchers pray for rain in drought-hit California

Californian rancher Nathan Carver squints as he surveys the parched fields where his family has raised cattle for five generations. Normally, they would be covered in lush green grass. But the western US state's worst drought in decades has reduced the land to a moonscape, leaving the 55-year-old father-of-four praying for rain. "My grandparents tell of the Dust Bowl years in the late 30s when it was very bad and dry with dust storms blowing. But this is as bad as we have ever seen it in my lifetime," he told AFP.

Ranchers pray for rain in drought-hit California

Californian rancher Nathan Carver squints as he surveys the parched fields where his family has raised cattle for five generations. Normally, they would be covered in lush green grass. But the western US state's worst drought in decades has reduced the land to a moonscape, leaving the 55-year-old father-of-four praying for rain. "My grandparents tell of the Dust Bowl years in the late 30s when it was very bad and dry with dust storms blowing. But this is as bad as we have ever seen it in my lifetime," he told AFP.
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