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.
What the Frack?
Jun 20, 2014
The process of sending high pressured liquid that typically contains water, sand and chemicals to find deep pockets of oil and natural gas has been used since the late 1940s. But hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" has been a hot button issue lately because it has been blamed for well water being ruined to the point where it is flammable and possibly even earthquakes. A recent story from OffTheGridNews.com shares some startling information related to incidents involving cattle. In a report submitted by Cornell University, a U.S. rancher lost 70 head of cows that drank water exposed to fracking fluid. That has us saying, "What the frack?"
World Wide Cows
In last Tuesday's Grazing The Net we shared a link to 40 maps that help explain food in the U.S. Well, we’ve decided to take a global approach to it now and display some maps that show the distribution of cattle, pigs, and chickens around the world. The lesson in geography shows that China has a lot of pigs, about 450 million or 7 times what we have in the U.S. Globally there are approximately 1.4 billion cattle with the biggest hotspot being India, but that pales in comparison to the 19.6 billion chickens that inhabit the Earth.
Titanic Vegan Fail
Hollywood director/producer/vegan James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, are supporters of what is thought to be the first school to "terminate meat and dairy" form the menu. James is known for his blockbuster movies like Aliens, Avatar, and Terminator, but Suzy hasn't really been in the limelight except for her role in another popular movie of her husband's, Titanic. While promoting the new school program Suzy spouted off, "You can't really call yourself an environmentalist if you're still consuming animals. You just can't." This started a big backlash on Twitter when @NPRFood shared her thoughts. We also would like to say to Suzy that America's farmers and ranchers have done more for the environment than you or your billionaire husband.
Should Cow-Calf Producers Lock In Fall Calf Prices?
Cow-calf producers have a lot to consider when it comes to marketing their calves this year.
"While current price levels offer little or no profit opportunity for buyers of feeder cattle, those same prices could result in record or near record profits for cow-calf producers this year," says Darrell Mark, South Dakota State University economics adjunct professor. Mark shares some considerations that cattle producers will have to make when the time comes to sell their calves.