Improving education is often viewed as critical for a nation striving to raise the standard of living for its people. In the northern Indian state of Haryana, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar says the state government is committed to provide quality education. He said that with a straight face.
You see, Khattar made his statements about education at the same news conference he announced new punishments for those guilty of slaughter and consumption of beef. Khattar boasted the bill that set punishment at three to 10 years imprisonment for beef crimes was passed unanimously by all 90 members of assembly.
Not crazy enough? Get this. Since cows are to be protected, Khattar told urban residents if they are unable to care for cows in their houses, they should ask their rural relatives to rear an extra cow on their account. It gets worse. The Haryana government has also implemented programs to help citizens with their individual cow sanctuaries. Under these programs, the government grants up to 50% for setting up a mini dairy with a minimum of five cows, with more incentives for “rearing indigenous cows.” That’s right, the country with one-third of the world’s poor (nearly half a billion people) provides monetary incentives for citizens to feed pet cows rather than people.
Farm Toys For Tots
Last week, we noted the petition at Change.org asking Wal-Mart to stop selling “slaughter trucks,” which is what vegans want to call toy livestock transport trucks.
The petition has over 12,000 signatures, but some ingenious agvocates have started their own campaign – Farm Toys For Tots.
A GoFundMe campaign raised more than $6,000 in 4 days to buy toy livestock trucks and other farm-themed toys to be distributed to the Toys for Tots campaign.
The agvocates taking charge are:
Ryan Goodman - Blog: Agriculture Proud
Carrie Mess - Blog: Dairy Carrie
Katie Pinke - Blog: Pinke Post
Diana Prichard - Blog: Righteous Bacon
But don’t plan on ordering the now-infamous “slaughter truck.” Wal-Mart says they’re out of stock because the ruckus the vegans created only raised the demand for the toys. It’s a 5 star item and all the reviews happened on or after the 17th when the nonsense began.
Australia’s Kidman Cattle Empire
Last week, the Australian government banned the sale of the world’s largest cattle ranch to a Chinese firm.
The company is known as the Kidman Ranch, which is owned by S. Kidman & Co. Ltd., a group of 10 cattle ranches, a bull breeding stud and a feed lot covering 101,411 square kilometers (39,155 square miles) in four states. That's an area bigger than South Korea.
But just who is Sir Sidney Kidman?
His story originates in the 1890s when Kidman and his older brother, Sackville, began an adventure that “would transform agriculture in Australia.” Today, the company supplies about 15,000 tons of beef to markets around the world.
Cattle On Feed
October placements of cattle into feedlots were down nearly 4%, according to USDA. That’s the lowest October placement level since at least 1996.
Marketings of fed cattle during October were down about 3.4%. Total cattle on feed was pegged at 10.974 million, an increase of 2% over a year ago. Feeder cattle prices have been called “a little scary.”