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.
Stuffed Animals Hauled to Slaughter in NY
Oct 14, 2013
We admit: most modern art is lost on us. Our appreciation for such work is, well ... similar to our understanding of the anti-meat movement. Which explains why we never heard of this guy Banksy until now, but he was rather busy over the weekend trying to tarnish the image of livestock producers. Banksy is an England-based street graffiti artist (some people get arrested for that), political activist, film director and painter. He set up a display in Central Park where he sold "original signed Banksy" paintings for $60. Then he hired a truck to drive through Brooklyn hauling screaming stuffed animals being taken to slaughter. Makes one want to swear off eating stuffed animals.
Not all Chicken Nuggets are Created Equal
We don’t eat much chicken—and certainly never in public. But there seems to be a lot of folks who do, so we thought this was an interesting report by a Mississippi doctor, who says, "Our sampling shows that some commercially available chicken nuggets are actually fat nuggets," he told The Salt.
Problem is, his sample size was two—as in two over-the-counter purchases. As you might expect, the National Chicken Council didn’t like the report, and they make some valid rebuttal points.
Bad Weather, Bad Politics—the Perfect Storm Hits S.D. Ranchers
The killer blizzard that hit South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana devastated the region’s livestock industries. Ranchers have been left to clean up on their own while politicians allow the federal government to shut down. The dead cattle number in the tens of thousands, and many ranchers lost everything. Where is the outrage from John Boehner and Harry Reid? FEMA is notably absent. Meanwhile, the 6,000 ranches hit by the storm have no safety net. Individuals from around the country, however, are calling in to offer help.
Better Livestock Handling Tips from the U.N.
It may not be your first source for cattle breeding and feeding tips, but the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued some recommendations to curb greenhouse gas emissions. They say these practices could trim greenhouse gas emissions by livestock by up to 30 percent. The report doesn’t mention that some previous claims about livestock’s carbon footprint have been described as inaccurate, among other things.