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.
The Beta Debate
Aug 12, 2013
This morning’s news roundup clearly shows that editors have had the weekend to think about and research Tyson’s decision to not accept cattle fed Zilmax. Some compare the decision to ban Zilmax cattle similar to major league baseball’s decision to kick A-Rod to the curb. The Motley Fool goes so far to say the beef industry has a doping problem. The Wall Street Journal’s headline, "Drugs in Our Beef: Bigger Cows, More Worries" certainly doesn’t make many housewives want to run to the meat counter. And, Colorado’s KUNC radio asks if it’s all a marketing ploy by Tyson to boost foreign sales.
NCBA Prez Forrest Roberts issued a statement regarding the situation, supporting the responsible use of the product, but also acknowledging Tyson’s right to make individual company decisions.
Ironically, just days before the Tyson announcement, Facts About Beef published an article on beta-agonists written by a former USDA undersecretary. It’s a good read, especially if your non-ag friends are shying away from eating beef at their next meal.
On a positive note, NCBA announced the Environmental Stewardship Award Regional Winners at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference. These seven operations are the shining light of the beef industry. If they could only receive 1/10th of the press that the Tyson-Zilmax story has garnered…
Print Me a Ribeye, Medium Rare, Please
Would you consider dining on a steak that was created by a 3-D printer? Or on a late night drive, pop open a vial of inhalable caffeine? These products may not be so futuristic after all, Cattle Business Weekly reports.
Brazil is serious about corn production. Although summer corn declined, second crop corn almost quadrupled. This has doubled the nation’s corn production, Agropages.com reports.
COOL Goes to Court
A showdown at the OK Corral, well actually in a district court room, is scheduled for August 27th, where a judge will hear arguments from the meat industry to block the USDA’s mandatory country-of-origin labeling rule.
Tit for Tat
Apparently a writer for TIME noticed a HumaneWatch.org billboard as she boarded a train at Union Station. Her story about the organization, the Center for Consumer Freedom and its work to uncover the "support" HSUS gives local humane society shelters weaves a twisted web of discontent between the groups.
Reaching Across the Aisle
When Congress comes back from vacation, immigration reform is expected to be one of many things on their to-do list. It appears that many businesses that rely on immigrated workers are coming together to get their point across – no matter their political affiliations. The LA Times reports.
The Washington Post’s headline "Baltimore Researchers Turn Carnivorous Fish Into Vegetarians" was more than enough to make us click over to this story.
ABC News offers the "Top 13 Vegan and Vegetarian Protein Sources." Yummmmm-y! Hemp, poppy seeds and a few other things we can’t pronounce top the list. We think a steak sounds much more appetizing.