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.
Will Cattle Price Rally Continue?
Nov 12, 2013
All-time cattle price records fell like Congressional approval ratings this fall. Can the trend continue in 2014? You bet, say market analysts. The fundamentals surrounding the beef complex suggest next year could be one of the best for producers. Supplies of cattle and beef will be smaller and grain prices have fallen to three-year lows. If Mother Nature cooperates, it could be a banner year.
Funeral for a Stranger
World War II ended 68 years ago, but there are still plenty of us thankful for the outcome and the sacrifice of those who served. America celebrated Veterans Day yesterday, but possibly the most inspiring story came from England where about 500 people attended the funeral of a World War II veteran they didn’t know. Harold Jellicoe Percival, who was known as Coe, served as ground crew on the famous Dambusters raids carried out in May 1943 by 617 Squadron. Percival, who died last month at 99, never married or had children. It was feared no one would attend his service so the funeral home put an advertisement in the local paper appealing for people to attend. The response was "just remarkable." Thank you veterans!
Wolves wearing a GPS collar in Washington state are called "Judas wolves," since they betray the location of their pack. Ranchers and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are using satellite downloads to monitor the location of wolves that may pose a threat to cattle. It’s an expensive project, but an alternative Washington officials and local ranchers felt obligated to use since last year’s strategy – government trappers and sharpshooters – was deemed inappropriate. When word circulated about those tactics, the Department of Fish and Wildlife was flooded with angry emails. The new, non-lethal tracking methods, however, appear to be successful.
Food Safety for Animals
Livestock and pet foods may soon have the same protection as human food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved this week to propose preventative measures to protect animal foods from disease-causing bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants. Preventive Controls for Food for Animals is the fifth rule that FDA has proposed this year as part of the food-safety framework envisioned by the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act that focuses on preventing foodborne illnesses. The FDA says the proposal is important because animal and human health are intertwined.