Calves Lost to Black Vultures a Shared Concern for Producers Meeting at Cattle Industry ConventionTue, 31 Jan 2017 17:13:09 CST
Producers from across the country are gathering in Nashville this week, attending the Cattle Industry and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Convention. Several issues concerning the industry will be discussed during the event, but members from Oklahoma and surrounding states have one particular issue top of mind - Black Vultures, and their impact on our cattle herds. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about this growing problem.
"We're seeing an increase in the number of these critter out in the countryside and especially during calving season right now," Kelsey said. "I've had several phone calls from members saying, 'Hey I'm losing calves to these Black Vultures - we need to do something."
As a migratory bird, the Black Vulture falls under federal jurisdiction which means the industry must appeal to the US Fish & Wildlife Service to address this issue. Kelsey says the issues extends beyond just Oklahoma, but into neighboring states like Arkansas, Texas and Kansas, too.
"It's a regional type problem, perhaps even national," Kelsey said. "But we need to address it from that standpoint and NCBA is a great forum in a way to do that."
Listen to Hays and Kelsey speak more about Black Vultures and other issues affecting cattlemen here at home, on today's Beef Buzz.
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