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.
Silky Smooth Situation
Mar 31, 2014
You've heard of milk baths for beauty, but these Siberian milk and cheese plant workers took things a little too far when they bathed in large vats of milk, and then posted pictures of the event on Russian social media. While that thought might curdle your desire for a glass of moo juice at breakfast, the incident actually highlights the tremendous lack of sanitary oversight in the country's food industry. In the last five years, Russian law limited inspections of such facilities to only once every three years.
Now who's up for some international travel?
When we are grazing around the net and see the headline "Vegan strippers let it all hang out," how can we not click for a quick read? The world's first (and only?) vegan strip club is in Portland, Oregon. And it turns out, most the ladies of the evening are not vegan, but they must abide by vegan principles while at work. That means only faux fur panties and fake leather bustiers. The article actually focuses on their view of politics. But there's one stripper who caught our eye (actually ah, yeah ... her comments caught our eye). She is particularly concerned about the American food supply and is setting aside her stripping money to purchase a 30-acre farm. There, she plans to live with like-minded individuals and raise her own food. The group plans to live off grid and is exploring the energy possibilities of humanure ... yeah, you guessed it: human manure.
It's OK to click, we did.
There's a showdown setting up in central Nevada that might be worthy of a new Bonanza episode. Rancher Cliven Bundy grazes cattle on public land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Bundy hasn't paid BLM grazing fees since 1993, and the government agency has threatened to seize his cattle. He contends the BLM isn't the proper landlord of the land, citing family ancestors who worked the land long before the BLM was an acronym. It looks as if the face off is coming to a head. The government showed up with trucks and trailers a few days ago. But the jury's still out on if anything will happen. The BLM also said it was prepared to remove Bundy's cattle in 2011.
What would Ben Cartwright say?
Kudos to the NY Times for a positive look at ranching
Vehicle shopping? You might want to look at a Japanese amphicar. Yep, you guessed it -- or more likely you didn't -- the amphicar can run on roads or water. A company developed the car to help drivers negotiate impassable roads and flood prone areas in Southeast Asia. Somehow we don't see the concept taking hold in much of drought-ridden California or Texas.
Does this car float your boat?
Drought-wise mayor of Tank Town sells a different idea