Kersbergen quoted in BDN article on farm animal abuse during winter


Rick Kersbergen, a sustainable dairy and forage systems expert with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Farm animal abuse and neglect starkly visible in the winter, says animal advocate.” Kersbergen said nutrition, or the lack thereof, is what he finds to be the biggest problem in regards to farm animal welfare. “During the winter, people are paying a fair amount of money to feed these animals,” he said. “They need more feed during cold weather. It’s an economic issue. If you can’t afford to feed your animals, that’s a tough one. It’s a tough situation that people get into. It’s a matter of them trying to plan ahead and do what they need to do.”