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.
Biobullets for Bangs Ain’t Working
Jan 15, 2014
Shooting Yellowstone bison with vaccine-laced "biobullets" to prevent brucellosis is ineffective. That's the conclusion of Yellowstone Park administrators who say about half of the 4,600 bison tested positive for brucellosis, a disease that causes cattle and bison to abort their fetuses. In 2010, a $9 million plan—paid over a 30-year period—to vaccinate the bison using absorbable vaccine-laced bullets was implemented. Now, however, officials say the program has had minimal effects and they recommend scrapping the idea. So, you think shooting bison with a vaccine gun from a helicopter sounds silly? Not when you consider that some communities over-run with deer are capturing the does and sterilizing them – surgically removing the ovaries. What does that cost? The town of Cayuga Heights, NY, spent $35,808 to sterilize a dozen does last month. That's nearly $3,000 per animal!! We think bullets are the answer, and not the vaccine-laced kind.
Ranch-Country Etiquette: How to Cook a Steak
There are certain rules of ranch-country etiquette. For instance, you always stay for supper and compliment his wife's cooking; you never criticize his dog; and you don't tell him how to cook a steak. But there's lots of folks living in America that don't know a T-bone from a chuck roast, and they're not insulted in the least by advice on how to properly cook and serve a tasty ribeye. As the founder of Uncle Jack's Steakhouse in New York, Willie Degel is something of an expert on steak, and he shares his wisdom with "Daily Shot" host Ali Wentworth.
Beet Juice Keeps the Ice Away
The roads in a small town in British Columbia, Canada, smell like a Tootsie Roll. That's what one resident says of the test project using beet juice as an anti-icing agent on roads. The area receives an average of 75 inches of snowfall each year, and local officials are searching for ways to save on the cost of winter road maintenance. Beet 55, as the product is called, is a slightly sticky mix of sugar-beet juice and saline. Officials say its brown and doesn't stain, and it smells like caramel.
Australian Heat Wave
While the U.S. struggles under the grip of freezing temperatures, Australians are battling a heat wave of historic proportions. It's the middle of summer down under, and temperatures as high as 113 Fahrenheit have the Aussies in the country's southern regions concerned about wild fires. Wednesday was the second day of a four-day heat wave forecast across southeast Australia, after temperatures reached 113 F in the capital of Adelaide, near the city's record of 115 set in 1939. Dozens of wildfires have been sparked by lightning strikes.