A Friend in Mother Nature
Jul 29, 2013
Rain throughout the Southern Plains have washed away the dust on our "good news" sign when it comes to feeder cattle. Cattle Network reports good competition for feeders, and with the corn crop enjoying cooler temps, AgWeb says, December corn is well below $5. Maybe those with cattle in the feed yard can see some black ink in the near future instead of just red.
If your friends are asking questions about antibiotics in the beef supply, the Mom at the Meat Counter recently blogged some interesting and down-to-earth scientific facts on the subject. These could come in handy at the water cooler.
Better Brown Bag It
Workers from several fast food chains are going on strike today, demonstrating their distaste for their anti-super-sized wages. You may also have a tough time purchasing clothing at Macy’s or undies at Victoria's Secret. The Washington Post reports they are headed to the picket line as well.
But never fear...if you’re still looking for a burger, London has the answer. How about a little in-vitro beef? Sheer bliss can be found in a 5-oz. burger of synthentic meat, grown in a laboratory from the stem cells of a slaughtered cow, says the Daily Mail. Intrigued? Before you jump across the pond to try this devine masterpiece, check on the value of the U.S. dollar. This delightful dining experience cost £250,000 to produce, and today that’s upwards of $384,000. Never mind the fact that the uncooked product is grey and slimy, somewhat resembling raw oysters or squid.
As if that didn’t turn your head enough, perhaps the biggest underlying problem with this story in the Independent is the professor who created the product claims that "animals are very inefficient" at producing meat. Has he checked out what his burger costs?
We’re not sure, but this sounds like the food version of Wife-Swap—an app that lets you swap your leftovers with someone else that has too much of a good thing. Proponents say it’s a great way to waste less food. Others caution a food safety hazard. We think we’ll pass....
Open for Business
Good news for cattlemen on the High Plains. OKC West Stockyards has reopened after it was demolished in the May 31 EF5-rated tornado that struck the El Reno and Oklahoma City areas. The auction barn was closed for just 53 days as most of their entire facility was rebuilt. If you’re losing a little faith in humanity, read how the neighboring auction barn in Woodward, Okla., not only helped OKC’s customers, but also gave OKC West the commission on those sales. Oklahoma Farm Report has the details.
Farm Bill Still Flopping In the Air
We are running out of things to report related to the farm bill because, honestly, there’s not much to report. Fox News says Obama won’t agree to any spending cuts and Agri-Pulse reports the House and Senate are about as close as to a compromise on the farm bill as the British and the Colonists were to sitting down for tea in Boston in 1773.
Free Isn’t Really Free
Grist reports the FDA wants free-range chickens to have free range, but just not near other animals—especially wild birds or mice. They go so far as to suggest farmers install fences or netting to keep them away from other animals. Hmmm...free range at its best?
If the thought of reality TV makes you roll your eyes, jump over to GAC this Thursday evening for Farm Kings. We haven’t seen an episode yet, but Farm & Ranch Living says the show is about four brothers who just want to make farming cool again. We’re all for that.