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.
Feb 05, 2014
Usually we're all about beef, and for good reason, but even we have to admit that nothing goes better with a big juicy burger than a few slices of crisp bacon. Bacon is one of life's great pleasures and, apparently, it is also incredibly romantic. At least that is what two couples who tied the knot at this year's Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival think. There is just something sensual and bonding about a bacon-themed wedding—one of the couples even smoked bacon-wrapped chops for the reception. So, from now on when you smell bacon, take pause and think of all the wonderful little things in life because it's not just the aroma of sizzling pig fat—love is in the air.
Conciliating Beef Cuts and Consumers
Not all cuts of beef are created equal, and no one knows that better than the consumer. Well, not all consumers are created equal either, but that is a-whole-nother topic entirely. Point is, not everyone wants a 14-oz. porterhouse sirloin steak—given, we can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want it but the fact remains, some just don't. This is one of the many topics being covered at this year’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association conference. Since producers aren't going to start growing smaller cows, how do we get smaller steaks? Well, researchers and meat scientists are looking at new cuts to please even the most discerning of consumers.
California Cattle are Drying Up
The drought has devastated the cattle industry in California. Ranchers are spending thousands on feed because the grass has burnt-up. NBC Bay Area has the story of one rancher in San Jose who's wondering if he can keep his head above water during this disastrous drought. With the costs of additional hay and the real possibility of having to start hauling in water, it is a dire situation.
"Animal House of Horror"
PETA is in the news again, but it isn't for their outrageous (usually laughable) antics—it's for the death toll of pets attributed to their so-called 'animal shelter.' To say PETA is a hypocrite is a gross understatement. According to the Center for Consumer Freedom's recently released review of PETA, the animal rights group has killed over 31,000 ""perfect" and "adorable"" pets. Worse yet, the report showed that 84% of the animals were killed within 24 hours of being in the care of the PETA shelter. And they call us murderers?!