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.
Meat Eaters Unite!
Dec 11, 2013
We've yet to be criticized for ordering meat at a restaurant--then again, we live in "fly over country." Apparently the folks on the coasts who like meat have to deal with silly criticisms of their food choices, at least enough of them have that Andy McDonald of The Huffington Post created this list: "The 14 Dumbest Things Meat Eaters Have To Deal With." Our favorite is number 5: "Do you know what that's doing to your insides?" Answer: "Yeah, the meat is delivering tasty care packages to a hunger zone desperately in need of them."
Tyson's New Rule
Iowa cattle producers were told this week they'll need to meet specific animal welfare requirements next year if they want to sell their beef to Tyson Foods. That's the message Lora Wright, Tyson's beef supply chain manager, delivered to those attending the Iowa Cattlemen's Association meeting in Altoona, Iowa. Tyson's animal handling requirements, called FarmCheck, ensures the best practices for the farm, which are reviewed by a panel of 13 animal welfare experts. The company says the requirements are already being met by producers, but will now need to be verified by a third-party auditor who will visit farms to ensure compliance.
FDA Will Phase Out Some Antibiotics
The Food and Drug Administration asked pharmaceutical companies Wednesday to voluntarily revise labels of some antibiotics sold for use in food animals. "Because antimicrobial drug use in both humans and animals can contribute to the development of antimicrobial resistance, it is important to use these drugs only when medically necessary," the FDA said. Critics claim the new guidelines give companies too much discretion in policing their own use of antibiotics, but FDA said it has already received support from both Zoetis and Elanco, companies that sell a large percentage of the products that will be phased out.
Water for Bison Campaign
When the irrigation well dried up on Kathy and Ken Lindner's ranch last spring in Northern California, their bison meat business was in peril. The 600-foot deep well-nourished 120 acres of pasture and 100 acres of hay, but without water the grass has died. Lindner Bison steaks, roast and burgers are sold at the Santa Monica and Hollywood farmers markets. Repairing the water well, however, will cost $150,000, the Lindners have asked customers of their grass-fed bison for help. Their "Water for Bison" campaign is at http://igg.me/at/waterforbison.