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.
Got Cheese Brine?
Nov 25, 2013
Wisconsinites have embraced the "cheesehead" moniker, and Packer fans adore wearing those silly looking cheese-shaped hats. We've been known to throw out a few cheesy insults of our own to some of our Wisconsin editors, but we must admit this is an idea of real genius. Folks in the Badger State have discovered that cheese brine—the salty water that soft cheeses float around in—can be reused to keep roads from freezing over in the winter. That's because salt brine has a freezing point of 6 below zero, but cheese brine doesn't freeze until 21 below zero. What's next, the Packers spreading cheese on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field?
Heifers for South Dakota
Here's a story that will make you proud to be involved with agriculture. It's about neighbors helping neighbors. Cattle from Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota have already been delivered to ranches hit by the freak October blizzard in South Dakota, and more are on the way. Ty Linger's dream of finding heifers for South Dakota ranchers has mushroomed into a multi-state effort called Heifers for South Dakota.
Feeder Cattle Prices Weaken
A softer tone was evident in feeder cattle prices last week, with the over 600 pound kind trading steady to $3 per cwt. lower. Demand for calves, however, remained firm with prices unevenly steady to $5 per cwt. higher. Friday's Cattle on Feed report pegged October placements 10% higher than last year, while total inventories remain 6% under last year.
Undercover Abuse Charges
In a bizarre twist of the law, a Colorado woman who recorded video of animal abuse on a Colorado ranch now faces animal cruelty charges. Taylor Radig, who claims to have worked as a "contractor" for the animal rights group Compassion Over Killing, filmed alleged animal abuse at Quanah Cattle Company from mid-July through September. Radig's charges stem from the fact that she didn't report the abuse when it was happening, which is a violation of Colorado law. The video was delivered to the Weld County sheriff two months after she quit working at the ranch. Three ranch employees have also been charged in the case.