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.
Bunch of Tree Huggers
Jun 06, 2014
Yesterday 2,001 tree huggers gathered to do just that—hug trees. A world record was accomplished when a group of students in Nepal celebrated World Environment Day by holding trees and beating drums for two minutes. This trumps the previous Guinness World Record that was set in Portland, Ore., last July by 936 like-minded individuals.
It's too bad we can't get people to be this passionate about growing grass...wait, there are people like that, but the plant is more of a weed. We’d venture to guess some of those tree huggers in Portland might have been smoking some of it, not so sure on the Nepalese students.
His Boys Can't Swim
On the topic of marijuana, apparently it may be bad for male fertility. A study published in a medical journal for Human Reproduction, researchers from England found that the morphology (size and shape) of sperm was affected by marijuana use in young men. Data was collected from 1,970 men who provided semen for fertility assessment and 318 produced abnormal sperm. "Cannabis smoking was more common in those men who had sperm morphology less than 4%," said Dr. Allan Pacey, lead author on the study. "Cannabis affects one of the processes involved in determining size and shape." We'd venture to guess that turning bulls out on a patch of Cannabis may not be best idea before performing a breeding soundness exam or breeding back cows.
Pork Industry in Peril
The pork industry is now entering its second year battling the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Thus far, there have been 8 million pig deaths traced back to PEDV in 30 states. Pig die offs have caused pork prices to jump to all-time highs with pork chops selling for $4.044/lb. this April. AgDay's Tyne Morgan reports that help could be on the way thanks to a new vaccine being produced by Hank Harris, president and CEO of Harrisvaccines. The vaccine is currently available through a veterinary prescription in the U.S. and through an emergency permit application to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Canada. He hopes the vaccine will receive a conditional license from the USDA, soon.
CDC Links Beef to Death
Health officials say a Texas patient is the fourth person in the U.S. to die of a rare brain disorder that is believed to be caused by consumption of beef products contaminated with mad cow disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a statement that recent laboratory tests confirmed a diagnosis of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the patient. It is believed that the death was caused by beef consumed in Europe or the Middle East.