Breaking Bad: The Western
Mar 11, 2014
Many of the best westerns have been based on the good ole boys chasing down the bad guys. Those nefarious fellas were generally involved in cattle rustling and nowadays it has resulted in a pretty hefty payday thanks to record high beef prices. Modern day criminals aren't just doing it to get rich; they're also funding other illegal activities like using meth. ABC News' Nightline went out with chief agent Jerry Flowers of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture's law enforcement division and his posse to find two cattle thieves who weren't smart enough to use aliases like Breaking Bad's chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White, aka Heisenberg.
Extreme Dairy Makeover
Dairies and feedlots have a lot in common. Both operations feed cattle on a regular basis throughout the day. Both are trying to maximize production. But what happens to a dairy barn once it has outlived its use for cows? In Wisconsin, extension livestock facilities specialist David Kammel is recommending that those barn doors be opened up to the possibility of feeding steers. We think Kammel offers up some good food for thought to chew on including a crowding tub made out of an old Harvestore silo and a bunker silo repurposed as a windbreak.
Cattle have a lot of different job titles across the world. Bucking bulls are athletes. Oxen used as draft animals can be seen as farmers. The Hindu religion views cows as sacred, so priest might be a good fit too. Firefighter could soon be added to that list of job qualifications thanks to an experiment being performed in Australia. Cattle will be grazed in the high country of Victoria on government land and the study will see if there is an impact on fuel loads to reduce bush fires.
Beefed Up Market
Compared to this time last year feeder profits are looking outstanding. Cattle lost feedlots $54 per head a year ago, now they're making $233 off each calf. What a difference a year makes.
But just last week feeders were making $50 per head more at nearly $285, almost twice what they made the previous month.