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.
Country Kids Cheaper to Raise Than NYC Pooches
Oct 22, 2013
We've known for a long time that raising a family in the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple wasn't for us. Now it looks like even having man's best friend in the urban jungle of New York City will break the bank. The folks at Bloomberg did the math and the cost to have a canine companion in America's biggest (and most pricey) city for a year is more expensive than a middle-income, two parent family raising a child. Of course, in New York City the price for walking your dog and kibble is outrageous, so it's probably better to just feed them Ol' Roy and let 'em run the streets.
Running Around Like a Chicken on a Tractor?
Poultry isn't exactly our forte around these parts, but for an Australian cattle producer his chickens have become quite the nuisance when he drives the tractor anywhere near them. Each time Dan Carney pulls his tractor into various paddocks that he houses up to 1,600 birds in he is swarmed by the pecking poultry who climb all over the tractor, particularly while it is running. The "chooks" (that’s Aussie for chicken) have yet to get the tractor out of neutral, but they love running the throttle and the loader, says Carney. Let's hope we never hear of chickens actually driving a tractor, that news would be just for the birds.
Truckers Becoming More Bandit Than Smokey
Apparently thieves are getting more daring in their attempts to swindle goods via semi-trailers. According to the Associated Press, con men are posing as legitimate truckers running their own truck and trailers. The burglars then gain access to information about shipments via online databases and show up to loading docks where they steal millions of dollars in merchandise, typically food and beverages. Looks like you better get a 10-4 if a trucker is who they say they are.
Too Much Time Online
Social media maybe a black hole that is sucking up time normally spent interacting with actual people. That's what a recent study by Scot Wallsten, an economist and researcher at the Technology Policy Institute, indicates. Wallsten outlines in his research the dilemma that being online can pose to work and social life through a series of charts and time calculations. He found that time spent online in a leisure manner took away from time spent making friends, traveling, learning, working and sleeping. Maybe this is a sign that less time should be spent Facebooking and Tweeting, with more time invested in actually doing something.