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.
Aug 08, 2013
Yesterday, Tyson delivered letters to feedyards saying after September 6, they would no longer buy cattle fed Zilmax. Tyson cited difficulties with cattle walking as the reason for the moratorium, although Merck insists the product is safe and has been used for two decades. A sharp stick with a calendar can deduce that the September 6 deadline gives feedyards time to feed out and ship cattle currently fed Zilmax to the processor and pull the product from their ration for cattle soon to go on the show list.
The markets reacted to the news, pushing live cattle futures higher on the assumption of fewer pounds of beef in the future. Trading rumors predict a hole in October live cattle as feedyards push cattle up and out the door by September 5th. Reuters and Dairy Herd Network have the details.
Wanna Be A Packer?
If so, there’s an opportunity in South Dakota. The Argus Leader reports that Northern Beef Packers needs to sell, and sell quickly, to raise some cash. The till is empty, according to the investment company that loaned Northern Beef a cool $35 million.
It might not be a bad deal knowing that Cargill just doubled their yearly profits.
Or perhaps getting in the ag chemical business is the place to be, according to Crop Life.
Warning: I’m Fixin’ To Get You
Cattle don’t carry a sign that says, "Watch Out!" but they might as well, according to Temple Grandin. Beef Producer has more on Grandin’s talk about the early warning signs that a frightened calf is soon to become an aggressive one.
Whew. We sure are glad we don’t live in Germany. NBC reports the Green Party is pledging a weekly vegetarian day at all federal government workplace cafeterias if they win the national election. The group says the meat-free day would reduce the impact of farming on the environment and improve dietary health. The suggestion has led to some Grazing The Net-approved campaign signs like "Hands Off My Sausage!" We’ll be following this until election day.
Congress can’t seem to accomplish much these days, but it doesn’t stop representatives from trying. Rep. Bill Shuster plans to propose a water reform bill next month. Nothing like a drastic, nationwide drought to bring water needs to the top of the list.
Policymic reports on the one thing Congress forgot to do before their summer break – cancel it.
And while we’re talking about Congress, Schumer has high hopes for the immigration bill. That’s easy to say when no one is there to argue about it.
Pride in Sustainability
The Beef Board showcased its sustainability assessment at the cattle industry summer meeting in Denver.
Cowboy’s Last Ride
Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President Clay Birdwell passed away yesterday.
Food Bites Worth Trying
Yep, you read that right. The Grist reports about the latest supermarket fad – cotton candy-flavored grapes. We think this falls in the "things that make you go hmmm…."
NPR looks at the return in popularity for purchasing large quantities of meat, a.k.a. a half a beef, a quarter, etc., in the form of meat shares.
The Atlantic reports sleep deprivation can make you fat.
And, the one food bite you’d rather not take at the airport food counter: maggots.