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Grazing the Net

RSS By: Greg Henderson and Friends, Beef Today

Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining. 

Candidate Asks for Urine

Aug 22, 2014

As previously noted, we tend to avoid poking fun at politicians since they make such easy targets. Alas, some politicians just stand up and demand that we recognize their ... umm ... activities. Such is the case with Oregon's Art Robinson. He's a congressional candidate who also happens to be the chairman of the Oregon Republican Party. Technically, Robinson is a scientist and he's never won a state-wide elected position, and his third try at unseating 4th Congressional District Rep. Peter DeFazio is almost sure to fail spectacularly.

That's because Robinson’s campaign seeks not just votes, but urine samples, too. It's no joke, Robinson told the Roseburg (Ore.) News-Review.

"This is a research field I've been involved in my whole adult life," he said. Two years ago Robinson gathered 39% of the votes in Oregon’s 4th.

Why ...

Does the world need a square-shaped watermelon?

It's even sillier when you discover cube-shaped melons are inedible. That's because they must be harvested before they are ripe. Still, the Japanese growers claim they're selling the square, inedible watermelons for at least $100 as decorative gift items. Goofy? We think it ranks right up there with jeans with holes in them, until we found this site that shows how to put holes in your jeans that look "professional."

Sandpaper or a cheese grater are the suggested tools. Then there's this tidbit of wisdom: "Grease ... Used sparingly, nothing beats it for natural looking staining."

Fighting Bull Beef

Beef from fighting bulls is experiencing a resurgence in Spain.

Surprisingly, some of bull fighting's biggest opponents favor eating the meat. If the animals killed in the bull ring aren't eaten, they argue, the meat goes to waste. Further, the fighting bull breed exists as a function of the bullfight, so the animals will be killed whether the meat is eaten or not. Reasonable. But those same proponents claim that the bulls are "happier, healthier cattle than commercial beef." We think them's fighting words, Señor!

No Horse Slaughter in N.M.

Valley Meat Co. has ended its efforts to build a plant near Roswell, N.M., that had envisioned horse slaughter for overseas meat buyers, state government officials told Meatingplace. The company's recent withdrawal of a request to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for a ground water discharge permit was the last straw, and came some 7 months after a federal spending bill slashed funding for horse slaughter inspection.

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