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.
Canada Boosts Beef with $14 Million
Aug 23, 2013
For research and innovation in the Canada’s beef industry, $14 million will be spent over five years and managed by the Beef Cattle Research Council, says the Calgary Herald. A combination of provincial contributions, money raised by the industry through the beef checkoff plus fed money adds up to $14 mill, a number that Canadians are hoping is enough to help the industry face growing challenges.
Sounds like quite the beef booster, eh?
Pet with Caution
Three children and one adult were infected with E. coli from the EKKA (Royal Queensland Show) petting zoo in Brisbane, Australia, the BarfBlog reports. At least they’re not blaming the animals. The petting zoo was described as controlled chaos, "kids crying and falling in poop, animals scarfing down food, and parents chatting with friends and not noticing their toddler doing things that shouldn’t be done in a petting zoo."
Read all about it, but wash your hands before putting them in your mouth.
And check out a list of disease outbreaks from petting zoos across the country, thanks to Kansas State.
Cattle Rustler Nabbed
A man who allegedly stole 15 cows in York County, South Carolina, got caught and charged with larceny of livestock, according to TheState.com. Luckily, it should be easy to prove as they were sold to a packing house which had surveillance footage and kept receipts of the cows with ear tags. Unfortunately, they were slaughtered.
Here's Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers’ Theft Prevention Tips.
PETA’s Saving Marine Mammals, One Movie at a Time
PETA’s latest mission – saving marine animals in parks, like SeaWorld, according to MNN (Mother Nature Network). How are they doing that? Well, not letting them be in movies, apparently. "The constant deprivation that marine mammals face at SeaWorld is suited to a horror film, not a comedy," says PETA about some SeaWorld scenes that will appear in Anchorman 2. They want those scenes cut from the film like Pixar did from "Finding Dory" after PETA pressure.
Butter Cow Gets Violated, Buy a Shirt
Recall the butter cow incident? The one where "animal rights" crazies from Iowans for Animal Liberation covered the iconic Iowa State Fair butter cow in red paint, scrawling "Freedom for All" on the display? Yep, that incident. Well, now you can own your very own "Butter Cow Security" t-shirt. Gotta love merchandising.