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Black vultures causing livestock trouble

The Around Farm Progress podcast turns to an unsuspected pest for livestock producers – a predatory scavenger that eats more than carrion.

Pest problems in agriculture are not new, but the black vulture brings along some nasty challenges. Vultures, often thought of as nature's cleanup crew, consume carrion. Turkey vultures, those red-headed carrion eaters do just that but their black-headed cousins the black vulture has something different on the menu – weak, live animals.

Recently Jennifer Kiel, American Agriculturist, offered a report on a pest that has spread from the Southwest to the Northeastern U.S. Her graphic descriptions of what these aggressive birds can do to a weakened animal may not be for the faint-hearted but paint a realistic picture of what livestock producers face.

There are options for controlling the birds and shooting them is not always the best choice (which also requires a permit). Kiel shares other tips for keeping these birds away from livestock and shares that if farmers are seeing these hungry birds near their livestock to take extra precautions.

It's a little different discussion for the podcast, but one that offers solid advice livestock producers can use to save animals

Give it a listen.

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