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.
PETA Protesters Take Stupid to New Level
Jan 10, 2014
PETA protesters laid an egg in Toronto. The group was on hand to protest a dairy meeting, much to the delight of Sun News broadcasters Brian Lilley and David Menzies. If you thought the PETA folks were a little wacky, two of the protesters interviewed for the segment take stupid to a new level. While protesters campaigned to let the "cows go free," Menzies asked one woman "how would the cows survive?" "That's nature's work," she replied. To which Lilley responded, "the Ontario coyotes will have a field day with that one." Another woman suggested the cows would all go to sanctuaries. Hmmm. Are there enough sanctuaries for all the cows in North America? We think so ... they're called farms.
The Face of "Big Ag"
Freelance journalist Tove K. Danovich, founder of the blog Food Politic, calls the Peterson Brothers from Kansas the "face of Big Ag." Actually, the Peterson Brothers—famous for their music video parodies such as, "I'm Farming and I Grow It," which has nearly 9 million views—are what we would call family farmers, but that's not a point of contention we have with Danovich. Indeed, we aren't directing you to this web site to nitpick about what Danovich gets wrong, but what Greg Peterson helps her get right. For instance, she asked Peterson what changes he would make to farming: "I wish people could spend as much time appreciating farmers as they do attacking our methods." If Greg is the face of "Big Ag," we'll gladly accept that.
"Where's The Beef?" Plus 30
Thirty years ago this week Clara Peller made "Where's the Beef?" a classic 1980s catchphrase, and helped boost Wendy's annual income by 31%. That all happened two years before Seattle Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch was born, but the team is ready to show fans "the Beef" this weekend when they offer a new giant hamburger during their playoff game with the New Orleans Saints. Lynch is known as "Beastmode," so the new burger at CenturyLink Field in Seattle is called "The Beast." With two slices of bacon, two slices of cheese, two hamburger patties, two slices of ham and 1,743 calories we think "The Beast" is a bit much, but Clara Peller would be proud.
Cows Dumped at Sea
Scandinavian officials are investigating how and why 11 dead Holsteins washed up on beaches along the Baltic coast this week. Detectives in Denmark and Sweden believe the cows were dumped from a ship sailing Baltic Sea, and they are trying to trace which livestock transports have passed through the waters separating the two countries in recent weeks. Veterinarians have found no trace of disease in the dumped animals.