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.
A Dog's Life
Jun 13, 2014
We believe every cowboy should have at least one good horse and one good dog in their lifetime. We've had one of each, and we've been on a mission to find adequate replacements since their passing. Our current dog Bandit, however, falls well short of adequate. We've been at a loss to figure out what to do with Bandit until we saw this story on Modern Farmer, and another at BuildingPeace.org. It's about dogs that sniff out land mines. Seriously. This story says it takes a special dog to learn to sniff land mines. Hey, Bandit's special! We're going to sign him up for training. Don't worry the mine-sniffing success rate is 97%.
Drought Reshaping Cattle Industry
America's ongoing drought has driven cows to market and many to new homes in far-away states. Since 2010, Texas has lost 24% of its total beef herd. Oklahoma is down 13% and Missouri 8% lower. But it's not just ranchers that are affected by the drought. Feedyards are feeling the pinch, too. Earlier this year, Nebraska passed Texas as the state with the most cattle on feed.
All of which leaves us searching for a silver lining to this long dry, and we thought we found it when researchers confirmed there are fewer mosquitoes. Except...those same researchers say the surviving mosquitoes are bigger, nastier and more persistent.
Pigs Can't Fly
We were shocked by this video of what appears to be a full-size market hog making a daring escape while in route to the slaughterhouse. No, not surprised pigs can't fly. But, utterly dumbfounded by the cell-phone recorded evidence of hogs being hauled to market in a dump truck rather than a vehicle designed for livestock.
Beef Recalled For Specified Risk Materials
Approximately 4,012 pounds of fresh beef products were recalled due to concerns about specified risk materials (SRM), a component of the firewall against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). FSIS officials say the safety risk for consumers is remote.