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.
"This Year I'm Going to Watch Stuff Die"
Mar 10, 2014
As California gets drier and hotter, no one is more vulnerable than farmers. And no one is likely to have to do more to adapt to what many experts fear will be a more drought-prone environment. But California farmers aren’t the only ones dealing with drought. Sixty-five percent of America's cow herd is in states that are under drought conditions.
Beyond the devastation for farming and ranching, all California residents are struggling with the consequences of a dry winter. One town is worried about having enough drinking water.
You know a drought is serious when Lady Gaga tapes a public service announcement on water conservation.
Just Pick One Already!
Has the start of Daylight Savings Time left you feeling groggy today? Lots of folks are beginning to wonder why we don't just pick a time and leave the clocks alone. There are at least 22 reasons why we should abolish Daylight Savings Time.
When the time changes each spring and fall we're reminded of the old joke that Daylight Savings Time is like cutting the end off a blanket and sewing it onto the other end to make the blanket longer. Whatever time it is, however, doctors say our internal body clock sets itself according to the sun, releasing hormones that make us alert at sunrise and sleepy at sunset.
Cattle Markets Remain Strong
Cattle markets remain strong despite last week's decline. Cash fed cattle fell $2 off of record highs set the previous week, but feeder cattle were steady to $4 higher. Demand for grass cattle remains red-hot, and this week may see aggressive bidding on tight supplies. Cash cattle markets are supported by higher-trending boxed beef values that suggest consumers have not been driven away by higher retail beef prices.
The Changing Grocery Business
Safeway and Albertsons announced a $9 billion merger Thursday, and analysts say it's just part of an industry-wide shake-up that is transforming how consumers shop for food. Specifically, traditional grocery stores have seen increased competition from big-box retailers such as Walmart that already has one-third of the national grocery market, and drug stores such as CVS.
How much has the grocery business changed? Out of 128 categories of items carried by supermarkets, the stores have a 50% or more market share in only 60 of them.