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.
Lime Prices Go Loco
Mar 28, 2014
While we were watching the price of cattle and hogs shoot up, we missed the fact that lime prices have nearly tripled. A lime in many supermarkets can now cost about 53 cents, compared to 21 cents last year.
Bad weather and pests that reduced lime production in Mexico are the reason your margarita now costs more, and lime prices have increased so much lately that Mexican drug cartels have taken notice.
"If they're nice," one journalist says, "they put humongous taxes on the farmers. If they're not nice, they just kill farmers and take the land and take over lime production themselves." NPR also reports lime producers are now hiring security details to protect shipments of limes from organized hijackers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Electricity at $40 Per Head
Drought is not a concern for Parker Ranch CEO Neil "Dutch" Kuyper. Located on the big island of Hawaii, the famed 130,000 acre Parker Ranch gets plenty of rainfall, it's the $40 per calf electricity costs that keep Kuyper awake at night. The ranch has an extensive water system with large reservoirs and water tanks, but much of the water must be pumped. With 17,000 head of cattle, the Ranch's annual electricity bill is about $680,000.
We Eat Our Words
Yesterday we told you about this new word we learned, invasivores, which is what folks call themselves who eat invasive species that aren’t normally considered food.
To add some context to our description, we mentioned locavores and omnivores, but we bungled the definition of omnivores, even though we knew better. Several readers called us out on our error. So, to clarify, herbivores are those who eat a plant-based diet, and omnivores eat both meat and plants. We’re eating our words today, but to satisfy our carnivorous tendencies, we’re taking them with a side of crow.
Pink Slime Suit Moves Forward
ABC News failed in its attempt to have the $1.2 billion "pink slime" lawsuit dismissed. The suit stems from the company’s coverage of a meat product they dubbed "pink slime" in 2012. Beef Products Inc., filed the suit claiming the news reports led to the closure of three plants costing 700 people their jobs. Ruling Thursday, South Dakota judge Cheryle Gering said ABC isn't protected against liability by saying in its news reports that the product is beef, is safe and is nutritious. The case moves forward, and is likely to be a long affair.