Livestock

In general, livestock such as poultry and swine are managed in housed, temperature controlled systems. Adjusting these systems to adapt to outside temperature changes may mitigate some of the negative impacts of climate change. However, despite current technologies to manage livestock temperatures, high summer temperatures sill cost swine producers over $300 million every year. As livestock producers adapt to climate change, management and energy costs associated with increased temperature regulation will likely increase. In the future, producers may consider selecting breeds and breed types that are genetically adapted to changed climate conditions.

NW Cattle

A changing climate introduces challenges for ranchers and natural resource managers. The following resources are designed to help them adjust their practices or even transform their operations: Adaptation Partners Adaptation Partners is a science-management partnership focused...

Climate Adaptation Resources for Northwest Rangelands

Herford cattle near Miles City, MT

Researchers in the Northern Plains have been studying different ways of managing rangelands during drought -- including matching forage demand with forage production through adaptive management. Here is a summary of on-going research into adaptive management. Adaptive Management...

Adaptive Management: Matching Forage Demand with Forage Production

Southern Pasture at Dickinson College Farm

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   Farmers in the Northeast are exploring options to adapt to the changing climate. Higher average temperatures and more intense rains impact farms and can take a toll on livestock. Intensive...

Dickinson College Farm's Silvopasture

Angus Glen 360 Image

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   Angus Glen Farms practice a type of agroforestry known as silvopasture. This practice is a blend of the sustainable production of livestock, forage, and trees on the same land. Maintaining...

Agroforestry at Angus Glen

Climate change may affect animal agriculture in a variety of ways. These include the ability to produce feed-grain, the quality of pastures and forage crop production, animal health, growth, and reproduction, and disease and pest distributions. Outside of their ideal temperature...

Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate

Ongoing changes in climate have substantial impacts on the $76 billion agricultural sector in the Midwest. Assisting producers with adaptation practices that can improve their water availability and maintain soil productivity, will also reduce the variation in crop production...

Agricultural Adaptation in a Changing Climate

Changes in climate and extreme weather have already occurred and are increasing challenges for agriculture nationally and globally. Many of the impacts are expected to continue or intensify in the future. Because of the sensitivity of agriculture to weather and climate...

Agriculture in a Changing Climate

The impacts of climate change on grazing lands and the livestock operations that depend on them will vary by region, type of grazing land, vegetation community, and the type of livestock. These impacts are superimposed upon other factors such as land ownership, historical and...

Grazing lands in a changing climate

In the Northwest ranchers, landowners, and land managers are facing the challenges of a changing climate and are altering their management decisions as a result. Warmer winters and springs can result in reduced snowmelt and more rain than snow in the mountains, reducing water...

Northwest Ranching - Adapting to Climate Change

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