Going Green

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Criollo Cattle to New Mexico

Genetic diversity is important.

Old cattle breed offers modern solutions

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jan 23, 7:38 AM ET

JORNADA EXPERIMENTAL RANGE, N.M. - Ed Fredrickson is watching every move his cattle make by checking GPS units on their collars and using satellite imagery to see what plants they're eating.

The rangeland scientist wants to know if the herd — a variety of ancient criollo cattle he hand-picked from Mexico — has what it takes to thrive in the harsh, dry conditions of the West.

"It's going to get harder," he said. "How do we help these ranchers stay viable?"

Fredrickson hopes criollo cattle, which...(complete article here).

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