Yesterday was a red-letter day for meat haters. Two new reports laid a bulk of the blame for climate change at the hooves of livestock production, with beef cattle identified as the worst offender. A study examining the effects of livestock production was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that claims raising cattle in the U.S. requires 28 times as much land and 11 times as much irrigation water, and pumps five times as much planet-warming gases into the atmosphere than producing dairy, poultry, pork or egg products. Most major news organizations carried the story, which invited headlines such as "A Beef With Beef," and "Eating less beef is better for the environment than giving up cars."
A second study claims the methane and nitrous oxide released by livestock account for 28% of global warming activity. NCBA’s Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of sustainability and research, was unimpressed by the research. "The PNAS study represents a gross over-simplification of the complex systems that make up the beef value chain, a point which the authors acknowledge."
Once Colorado legalized marijuana, it was only a matter of time before an enterprising chef launched a business around cooking pot.
Blaine Alexandr-Hein is a private chef who teaches people how to expand their cooking repertoire by including marijuana. He says the goal is to keep the integrity and flavors of the food without overwhelming them with the flavor of pot. Hmmm. We’re guessing the folks cooking with pot aren’t that interested in the integrity and flavor of the food.
We don’t know any cowboys who routinely apply cologne before heading out to the barn, but a company from Portland, Maine, hopes to change that. Lisa Brodar, who operates Portland General Store, says she has created a cologne that is specially calibrated for cows. Which means she believes the scent of her cow-friendly cologne soothes and relaxes cows. But at $110 a bottle, we don’t expect the new scent to show up on ranches and feedlots anytime soon.
Cattle Feeding Margins Remain Above $280
Cattle feeding margins declined $22 per head last week, but remain more than $280. That’s a tidy profit, especially considering feedyards were losing more than $123 per head at the same time last year. The decline in profit margins was due to higher feeding costs and breakevens that were nearly $2 higher than the previous week, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker.