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.
Merck Pulls Zilmax
Aug 16, 2013
Mid-morning Friday, news broke that Merck is temporarily suspending sales of Zilmax. No new information was provided in the Wall Street Journal report. However, Agweb says the sales halt will give the company time to conduct an additional scientific audit on the product. Merck plans to monitor the process of feeding Zilmax and will follow identified cattle from the feedyard to the packing plant to determine the potential causes of mobility issues.
Chicago Tribune says the FDA is working with Merck on lameness claims.
Bloomberg also reports.
We often graze at Grist.org for those off the wall stories, but today we applaud their news. In light of civil unrest in many parts of the world, Grist highlights the link between a lack of food and social revolution. They comment about investing in methods to increase food production and sustainability. What’s funny is that they praise a Newsweek reporter for predicting this in 2012. That must make those in agriculture Nobel prize nominees for seeing the writing on the wall years ago.
Now if we can just get them to look a little further and see what we are doing and tie that together with passing a farm bill.
Speaking of a farm bill, Missouri farmers packed the house in order to tell their elected reps it’s time to get busy, Agri-Pulse reports. However, not much progress has been made according to USagnet.com
Business Insider shares an interview with the "world famous" butcher Pat LaFrieda. He talks beef supply, herd rebuilding and grass-fed beef. What’s interesting is his efforts to educate his consumers about how nearly all cattle are grass fed for most of their lives. He also throws in some info on the carbon footprint of grass vs. grain fed beef.
Indonesia is digging into price-fixing schemes when it comes to beef. Import restrictions have made the red meat a high priced item, but something locals were willing to pay for during Ramadan.
Whopper vs. narcotics
Have a Burger King Whopper instead of heroin or opium. That was the odd marketing strategy of Burger King in Russia, according to Ad Age. The commercial has been pulled from TV, but they did put it on the company’s official YouTube channel -- so you don’t miss out.
HSUS Gets Bad Decision
Food Safety News reports the injunction sought by the HSUS against two horse slaughter houses could be invalid. Irony #1 – the HSUS is who thinks it’s invalid, and they’re the ones who asked for the injunction. Irony #2 – once again, why is this news for Food Safety News?
Floating Faux Pas
If you’re going to steal a truck with a welder and torch on the back, then sink it in a lake to hide the evidence, you might want to disconnect the hoses first. Cattleman Magazine reports how some fishermen were able to sink this thief.
It’s a cat. It’s a bear. It’s an olinguito! Read all about the first carnivore species to be discovered in the American continents in 35 years. Science Daily has the furry details.