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.
Pee Time is Just TMI
Oct 18, 2013
We know a lot of folks who make their living doing animal research—feed efficiency, grazing patterns, etc.—and we can usually follow the logic in the results. But, dagnabbit if we can see the value in knowing that it takes the average mammal 21 seconds to pee. In fact, even Grist.com says no one "has thought seriously about this phenomenon before." We think that's an astute observation from Grist. Not quite sure what to make of the researchers observations about pee time, though. We label such stuff TMI—too much information.
Mayor Bloomberg Agrees with Us!
In our view, graffiti is graffiti regardless of who creates it. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently thinks likewise as he told reporters this week, "I just think there are some places for art and there are some places [not for] art. And you running up to somebody's property or public property and defacing it is not my definition of art."
Bloomberg was talking about this guy named Banksy who has become a media darling because he's an "elusive British street artist," which is a creative way of describing his illegal graffiti. The Mayor may not like Banksy's work, but the media loves it. The New York Post headline Thursday was "GET BANKSY," along with a handful of stories.
Just to clarify, this is the news we're left with since Harry Reid and John Boehner are taking a long weekend.
Timber! Loggers Go Back to Work
Loggers were forced out of work by the government shutdown, but now a federal judge says they don't have to wait on a paperwork backlog to start their chainsaws. A ban on logging went into effect when the government shutdown, we presume, because there were no feds on duty to supervise the logging.
But, interestingly, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department didn't delay plans to start shooting barred owls in Northern California as part of an experiment to determine if that might help northern spotted owls reclaim territory they've been driven out of the past half-century. We're guessing PETA is not fond of that plan.
How Not to Deal with a Feral Cat in the House
A barn cat is a good thing to have on most farms, but apparently feral cats have become a menace in Australia. Folks there claim the cats have decimated native wildlife and backyard "chooks," which is Australian for chickens. Residents have been trapping the cats, but one man's "run-in with a feral cat at his house near Alice Springs plays out like a comic strip."