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.
Alert: Ticks are Working for the Vegans
Mar 07, 2014
While we're not sure which group has recruited them, the lone star tick has apparently teamed up with one or more vegan advocate groups and are working to turn avid meat-eaters into reluctant vegans. One bite from these reddish-brown parasitic arachnids and your meat eating days are over.
In all seriousness, this is a concern for folks in the Southeast. A bite from the lone star tick is causing people to develop a serious allergy to red meat. More specifically, people develop an allergy to a sugar called alpha-gal, which is present in red meat. If you develop this allergy, it can cause rash, swelling, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea and all around nastiness when you eat anything involving red meat. Unfortunately, this sudden allergy brought on by tick bites is becoming more and more commonplace. In fact, in a recent story on USA Today, "Clinics with the Vanderbilt Asthma Sinus and Allergy Program are diagnosing one or more cases a week."
We suggest an all-out war on ticks! Take no chances, kill on sight ... the ticks, that is, not the vegans.
Historic Angus Herd Honored
The Historic Angus Herd Award is presented to Angus breeders that have been in continuous production of registered Angus cattle for 50 or more years. This year, Double Dye Farms of Shelbina, Mo., is being recognized. Their herd was founded in the 1940's and they're still at it today. With five generations under their belt, Double Dye Farms and the Dye family truly have something to be proud of and we hope they continue on for another five-plus generations.
Visit www.ANGUS.org for more information on the Historic Angus Herd Award and to view a list of awarded members since the program began in 1988.
Celeb Salami? Eww!
We wish we were making this up. It's too weird to be true, right? This has to be a hoax. Unfortunately, it seems to be the real-deal, at least in theory. A company called BiteLabs is attempting to create a test-tube meat using tissue from celebrities and mixing it with other meats to produce "artisanal salami." The company claims that their "test-tube meat would eliminate environmental and ethical concerns associated with livestock production." Yes, we couldn’t agree more. After all, cannibalism is much more ethical.
International Women's Day
Tomorrow is International Women's Day. Given , this is a holiday that we've never heard of before but it reminds us that behind every cowboy is an equally hardworking cowgirl (though they can just as often be found out front leading the herd). All of us at Grazing the Net would like to recognize the women of agriculture for everything that they do.
There are some great groups just for women in ag, like:
If you happen upon any lady farmers this weekend, tip your hat to them … not that you shouldn't do that anyway.