Talk aims to debunk livestock-production myths

Jude Capper, who teaches dairy science at WSU, will address "the 'Good Old Days,'" "the role of extensive, grass-fed systems" and "food miles."

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WALLA WALLA -- Debunking common myths about the environmental impact of livestock production will be the topic of a free seminar Thursday.

Jude Capper, Washington State University assistant professor of dairy science, will present "Demystifying the Environmental Sustainability of Food Production" at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 124 S. 7th Ave.

Among topics Capper will address will include "the 'Good Old Days,'" "the role of extensive, grass-fed systems" and "food miles."

A native of the United Kingdom, Capper is continuing her research at WSU to investigate the environmental impact of dairy products produced from differing on-farm management practices, the use of feed additives to improve efficiency and the effect of different dairy breeds. She is also developing similar models to evaluate the environmental impact of beef production, comparing historical and modern production practices and the effects of growth-promoting technologies used within the industry.

The seminar is being sponsored by the Walla Walla County Cattlemen's Association. Information is available from John Fouts at 524-2685 or by e-mailing fouts@wsu.edu.

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