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Goats to help prevent wildfires in Nevada City
Prescriptive grazing can cost $500-$1,000 per acre and around 200 goats can knock down an acre a day.
City council seeking goats to graze greenbelt

Nevada City council is seeking funds to get a cohort of goats to graze over 450 acres of greenbelt, in a bid to reduce the risk of wildfires.

A GoFundMe page has already garnered over $20,000 out of the $30,000 target.

Goats will graze on bushes, trees and manzanita, while sheep graze on grass.

The move comes after unprecedented fires in California, particularly Paradise. However, time is of the essence, as local ranchers have already rented out their goats and sheep for the spring, summer and autumn, so the project must be carried out this winter.

Prescriptive grazing can cost $500-$1,000 per acre and around 200 goats can knock down an acre a day. The council is prioritising where the risk is at its highest.

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Public urged to provide homes for swifts

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 The RSPB is calling on the public to help provide new homes for swifts, as figures show the birds' numbers have fallen to less than half what they were 20 years ago.

Swifts arrive in the UK late April-May and can spend up to three months in the country. The RSPB attributes the birds’ decline to modern buildings, which lack the nooks and crannies they need to build nests.

While some house builders have agreed to integrate swift homes into new buildings, the RSPB believes more can be done to help this incredible bird. 'Just, 1,000 additional new nest boxes could make a difference’, the charity said.  

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Detection time for omeprazole reduced to 48 hours in racehorses

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the detection time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. This is effective from 1 February 2019.

Omeprazole can be prescribed for the management of gastric ulcers in racehorses; however, studies have recently become available that show no direct effect of omeprazole on performance.

Tim Morris, the Authority’s Director of Equine Science and Welfare, commented: “Medication control in horse racing is essential to allow treatment for good welfare but also to ensure fair racing by medication withdrawal before racing. Trainers have asked for more information, especially on anti-ulcer medications, and we have used existing information to make a harmonised detection time for omeprazole available as soon as we could.”