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.
Can't Get Eggs With Two Roosters
Dec 10, 2013
That concept may not be a revelation to you, but it was a lesson learned the hard way by the zookeepers at Drusillas Park in East Sussex, United Kingdom. That's where two sloths, Sofia and Tupee, were placed two years ago in hopes there would soon be a baby sloth. Except, somebody forgot to examine the genitalia of the two sloths--they're both male. We admit, we've never examined sloth genitalia before, but how hard can it be?
A Bounty on Drones?
A Colorado town is considering placing a bounty on drones. Deer Trail, Colo., population 598, was scheduled to vote this week on an ordinance that would allow residents to shoot down drones, but the vote has been postponed while a district court decides whether the ordinance is legal. The town's mayor thinks the vote will take place early next year. The ordinance specifies the kinds of weapons and ammunition residents could use and puts a bounty on recovered parts: $25 for the fuselage or wing, $100 for a whole drone that has U.S. Government markings. The feds, naturally, aren't fond of the idea of their drones being shot down. The FAA issued a statement that warned, "Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane."
"Sometimes We are Mean to Cows"
Dairy Carrie loves agriculture and the 100 cows on the dairy she and her husband operate. But she admits, "I have the smallest brain-to-mouth filter known to mankind." Case in point: This week Dairy Carrie--better known to her family as Carrie Mess--posted on her blog a column titled: "Sometimes we are mean to our cows." Then she explains that farmers sometimes have to go to great lengths to get a down cow up and moving for the health of the cow. The reason? "A down cow is a dead cow," she writes. PETA and Mercy for Animals members probably won't understand, but farmers and ranchers will. "After giving it our all, the cow gets up," Carrie writes. "She is sullen, scared and probably hates us but she is alive."
The calendar hasn't even turned to winter yet, but we're already experiencing frigid temperatures and lots of snow across much of America. South Dakota's freak blizzard that killed thousands of cattle was six weeks ago! What's up? Are we staring at one of the worst winters in memory? Possibly, but it's probably safe to assume we won't see temperatures anything near Earth's new record low that was announced this week. Scientists say the new record low is -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit, set during August of 2010 and observed in Antarctica. Scientists say that's about 50 degrees colder than anything in Alaska. Brrr!