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A more accurate story
There has been quite a bit of coverage on the way congress prevented the meat inspectors' furloughs. Most credit the "powerful meat packers' lobby." This Washington Post piece is the first one we found that makes any effort to explain how ruinous a shutdown would have been for the cattle industry.
A breed of tail enders
Here's a nice bit of Florida cattle history. Looking at the cow explains a lot about where that one or two tail enders come from in order buyers' loads. Turns out they've just been trying to keep a historical breed alive all these years.
No wonder they call it the "show me state."
For cattlemen in much of the U.S., branding cattle comes as natural as coveting good horses, but it sounds like the folks in Missouri may have got a bit too trusting. They showed up by the "hundreds" to be shown how to freeze brand cattle.
On the good news side of the Missouri cow thievery business, they've charged a couple of guys who forgot to smile at the camera.
And in Montana
The Crow tribe buys back a ranch.
The animal rights movement keeps making progress and it's worrisome. Still, this story makes you wonder if a the neighbor's "almost trained" heeler would still cause wrecks if you required muzzles.
The Office of Inspector General thinks the way to make food safer is to inspect more of it.
Eat like a caveman?
This paleo dietician lady says we don't have to eat bugs and worms just because our ancestors did.
This smoking gun take on research strikes us as a bit more smoke than gun. But it's a technique that might provide some answers some day.
Should federal money help feeders keep the environment clean?
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