livestock

Davin Gilmore

The first graduates of a new veterinary-medicine program offered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks have all been hired to work here in Alaska and the Lower 48. UAF officials say that shows the program is needed to fill a strong demand for veterinarians in Alaska.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

State Veterinarian Bob Gerlach told a crowd that turned out Saturday for the 46th Annual Delta Farm Forum that diseases that afflict livestock and wildlife are increasingly showing up in Alaska. He says other diseases that are on the increase in northern-tier states and Canada also moving in this direction, due to the warming climate, human-population increase and the movement of agricultural products worldwide.


Triple McLean Farms

A Delta Junction-area farmer is rebuilding a barn fire that killed 500 chickens and other livestock last spring.  Despite that and other adversity, Brandy McLain is determined to restore her poultry operation.