Grazing the Net
Greg Henderson and Friends
Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining.
Nudity OK at BundyFest!
Apr 23, 2014
Wear your guns but not your clothes. Is that the message Cliven Bundy stood up for in his range war with the BLM? Wait ... what? Yes, we know Bundy's protest of the BLM began over grazing rights to a remote portion of the Nevada desert. Now, however, Bundy's challenge of authority raises a laundry list of legal questions, and some folks who would be described as Bundy's political opposites are using his arguments to invade the same desert Bundy claimed for his cows. Sean Shealy has announced plans for an anti-Bundy festival called BundyFest! with 240 bands playing 24/7 between Sept. 5 and Oct. 5. Shealy says if Bundy's arguments against the BLM are sound, then BundyFest! should not require permits, visitors can camp anywhere, and full nudity will be acceptable.
We're intrigued by the booming marijuana business after its legalization in just two states. But the new industry is much more than just growing and selling pot. For instance, Potbotics is a new company using DNA seed readers to suggest best growing cycles for cannabis cultivation, as well as EEG brain scans to help doctors recommend medical marijuana strains and track results.
Clients of Potbotics are promised a "fully integrated growth plan that can raise their yield of cannabis by 20%." Legal marijuana, therefore, is allowing mainstream companies and scientists to create business models designed to improve benefits and increase production and profitability. Can GMO marijuana be far off?
Robots in the Milking Parlor
We've always avoided dairy work, but if we ever ventured into that business we would want one of these new dairy robots. New York dairy farmers are also singing the praises of the robots – they never complain about getting up early, working late or being kicked. Scores of the machines have popped up across New York's dairy belt and in other states in recent years, changing age-old patterns of daily farm life and reinvigorating the allure of agriculture for a younger, tech-savvy — and manure-averse — generation.
Beyond the Blizzard
It's been six months since that freak devastating blizzard hit western South Dakota, but the financial and emotional impact of the livestock losses remain. Scott and Heidi Komes lost 75 cows and 45 calves in the storm, but spring has the couple busy rebuilding their herd and their dreams. The Komes received 20 heifers through the Heifers for South Dakota program established to help storm victims. Those heifers are now calving and helping ranchers like the Komes recover from Mother Nature's fury.