September 24, 2023


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Black Vulture Aid Act launched in Congress

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It is not onerous to discover a cattle producer who has had an issue with black vultures and the threats and injury they pose to the livestock. 

 The bipartisan Black Vulture Aid Act, led by Rep. John Rose (R-TN) and Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) has been launched.

It could enable a cattle producer to take black vultures that pose a risk to livestock. It additionally institutes a report that producers submit yearly detailing the variety of vultures they took.

The Nationwide Cattlemen’s Beef Affiliation introduced they’re welcoming the laws. 

“Throughout the nation, cattle producers are dealing with excessive enter prices and the worst inflation fee in 40 years. Livestock deaths because of black vultures are a monetary loss that nobody can afford proper now,” stated NCBA Director of Authorities Affairs Sigrid Johannes. “Giving producers larger flexibility on black vulture administration means one much less monetary burden to fret about. We respect Congressman Rose and Congressman Soto’s management and commonsense method to controlling this plentiful predator species.”

The invoice would enable a cattle producer to “take” (seize, kill, disperse, or transport) black vultures that pose a danger to livestock. Moreover, the invoice reduces allowing burdens and purple tape by instituting a easy report that producers submit as soon as per yr detailing the variety of black vultures they took. Streamlining the system and lifting the cap on variety of black vultures that producers can take is a commonsense method to managing a totally recovered, aggressive, predator species.

“Black vultures have developed right into a deadly predator for new child calves, costing Tennessee cattle producers 1000’s of {dollars} in misplaced income annually. We respect Congressman Rose’s invoice as a major software to assist management the over-population of those predators,” stated Tennessee Cattlemen’s Affiliation Government Director Charles Hord.

Black vulture depredation charges have elevated throughout the Southeast lately, surpassing 30 % in some states like Florida.

“The Florida Cattlemen’s Affiliation appreciates Congressman Soto’s co-sponsorship of this commonsense invoice,” stated Jim Handley, government vice chairman of the Florida Cattlemen’s Affiliation. “The financial loss to Florida cattle ranchers from black vultures is important yearly, and we thank Congressman Soto for taking motion to help our trade with this laws.”


Cattle producers have skilled firsthand the devastating results of vulture depredation: 

Danny Clark, Lawrenceburg, TN: “Lawrence County livestock producers have been experiencing points with black vultures preying on newly born calves for a while. Financial loss along with the time and labor spent throughout calving season for these producers is devastating. Authorities accredited permits…permitting producers to make use of deadly means to manage these preying birds can be a problem…I do know this yr these black vultures have been the reason for [death for] at the very least one calf and injury to 1 cow as nicely, together with others in earlier years.”

Laura Wallace, Spencer, TN: “These buzzards have gotten 4 calves in a single season, placing super pressure on my little 97-acre operation…The [price of] diesel, fertilizer, fencing, feed, 24D [herbicide] have all gone up.”

Mark Russell, DVM, Tullahoma, TN: “Final yr I discovered one new child useless [calf] with its eyes eaten out. This yr I got here up on over 30 vultures within the discipline behind my home.”

Jeff Russell, Kingston, TN: “Throughout calving season…we’ve got fixed issues with vultures loitering in our pastures. I did lose one calf thus far this yr.  When I discovered it there have been 40-50 vultures within the pasture and in surrounding bushes. Each time a cow offers delivery the vultures are surrounding it and pestering the cow. We try and scare them off, however they’ve change into extra brazen and can return inside minutes. The inhabitants seems to be out of stability. There are too many and the stress it’s inflicting my cows is affecting their wellbeing and the protection of my newly born calves. Assist is required with this situation because it continues to worsen.”

A. T. Burchell, Columbia, TN: “I’ve a 200 head beef cattle operation in Columbia, Tennessee, and we’ve got had a continuous downside with black vultures attacking newly born calves.”


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