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It’s no secret that beef is what's for dinner. However, things that happen after dinner don't usually involve products from the beef industry. Bill Gates is trying to change that with his search for a new type of contraception: BEEF CONDOMS. Through a grant awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, research is being conducted to develop a condom made from beef tendons that will be stronger and thinner than traditional latex. If it works the Beef Checkoff sure could have some fun with new slogans.
We're meat and potatoes kind of people. Give us a juicy ribeye and some hash browns, and we'll be pretty content. But this story out of a Canadian day care has got us a little flummoxed. A mother of two children was fined $10 when the daycare she sends her children to deemed the lunch she'd packed wasn't up to code. Roast beef, potatoes and carrots, with an orange for dessert and milk to wash it down sounds good to us. Apparently, $10 worth of Ritz crackers makes it a balanced meal.
While visions of cowboys on horseback lassoing calves and bringing in the strays conjures up thoughts of the American West, it could also be halfway across the globe. In Israel, the cowboys are just as handy as they come in Texas or Montana, and it is evident in this photo editorial. The Golan Heights region of Israel where the ranch is located happens to be near Syria where a civil war has been rampant and adjacent to the cease fire zone the countries share. Even with the Israeli army training on the land with live ammunition, it is hard not to look at these images and think you're in the States.
Juan Ponce de León may not have found the Fountain of Youth when he discovered Florida, but the state could help rejuvenate a decreasing national cowherd. Beef producers in the Sunshine State are in a good position to increase the state’s herd says Jim Handley, executive vice president of the Florida Cattlemen's Association. Currently, there are 910,000 beef cows in Florida which is down from a record high of 965,000. With the development of land for housing slowing and acreage originally for citrus production or timber being changed to pasture, the time is right for more cattle to graze in Florida.
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