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.
We Kill Cows, Don’t We?
May 14, 2013
So we're all bulled up about the ever-pending end of the liquidation phase, which just HAS to happen soon, and it turns out we're still killing cows. Faster than even the last couple of years, which were themselves extraordinarily dangerous for mama bovines in the drought belt.
The Drs Tom Troxel and Michael L. Looper of the University of Arkansas take a few paragraphs to marvel about it.
Tennessee governor: no to ag gagging
Bill Haslam vetoed the ag gag law passed by the Volunteer state's legislature, suggesting he empathizes with the intent, but frets about the constitutionality and the impact on freedom of speech.
Good press for electronic cattle management
We ran onto a couple of interesting pieces on the promise--as in "not here yet, but worth following"--of using Smart Guy Stuff to manage cattle. Virtual fencing, health management, feed intake. That kind of stuff. Dean anderson is always a great interview and The Atlantic took him aside for a long interview on his electronic cattle management researchers at the Jornada station in Southwest New Mexico. He's got some awful handy stuff coming if the manufacturers ever catch up. Are you listening, AllFlex?
The BBC has some information on how electronics are impacting thing on the wrong side of the Atlantic.
The reason to read this silliness about eating dogs
"Choose vegetarian" transit ads compare eating cows to eating dogs is to get to the comments, wherein one fellow advises us:
"I love dogs because they ALWAYS greet me with a friendly yelp and a wagging tail. Unlike my wife who almost always greets me with an unfriendly yelp and won't let me near her tail - except when she is in the mood. So yeah, I love dogs because they are great companions - and I eat cows because they taste good. Dogs make terrible bar-b-que and cows are lousy at playing fetch."
COOL. Lots of discourse
Deadline looms on the mandatory Cool thing. Will USDA stand by its original plan? Will it suit the WTO? Will Congress change the ground rules anyhow? There are lots of opinions:
Next volley over meat labels due soon
NFU: 2013 Farm Bill gaining momentum
Meat packers say Obama administration labeling rules will cripple industry
Labeling we can support
Another story on USDA's lax oversight of needled beef cuts.
More about immigration
Most of the papers would rather talk about the sundry Obama scandals of the week, but immigration "reform" continues to get some attention.
We’re not talking to you, of course, but just on the off chance some of our other readers happen to be lax with the guns around the house, we include this piece about a father being charged. You read it here first: Gun safety is about to become gun control advocates’ equivalent of the MADD campaign against drunk driving.
Another zinger comment on this story about Whole Foods putting chicken in their vegan salad.: "How do you know someone is a vegan? Don't worry, they'll be sure to tell you." That's too true for comfort. Veganism is the Fad of the Day.
NCBA is on this long list of organizations opposing dairy's supply management plans.
We learned it in England. Here's a nice piece about why we like steak so much in the U.S.
Pitts on equestrian one-up-manship
Finally, you'll want to look in on Lee Pitts' take on the importance of proper horsemanship.