We've known for a long time that a cheese burger paired with an egg was a tasty dish, but research done at the University of Montreal has shown the pairing is essential for brain development. Asparagine is an amino acid that is readily found in meat, eggs and dairy products. The body naturally produces asparagine so it was previously considered non-essential. Dr. Jacques Michaud, who was a co-author on the study, says the amino acid is crucial for brain development and for brain cells to function properly it depends on the local synthesis of asparagine. Looks like there are some vegans who should reconsider their dietary choices, but they may not be smart enough.
Soldiers Saluted with Steaks
A round of applause is deserved for a group of cattlemen from Nebraska who jumped through a lot of hoops to insure home-grown beef was delivered to U.S. troops who are currently serving in Afghanistan. First the producers couldn't get the trucks to deliver to the Air Force base in Delaware that would be sending the steaks overseas. Then there was some difficulty finding a grocer in Delaware that had beef sourced from Nebraska. After finally finding a Safeway with ribeyes from the Cornhusker State and a $3,000 money order went through the steaks were finally on their way. We're proud to report it was a "mission accomplished."
Beef for the Holidays
We're not that fond of the magazine Mother Jones, but every once in a while they'll publish something that catches our eye. The publication recently took a look back in history to determine why particular meat dishes are eaten at certain holidays and why beef typically isn't one of them. Much of it had to do with the time of year and if the animal was ready for harvest. Hams were ready for Easter after curing. Turkeys were good and fattened for Thanksgiving after gorging all fall on acorns. This Thanksgiving we hope you'll be passing the roast beef and not the traditional turkey.
Drones have been a hot topic in agriculture and producers in Oklahoma are finding all sorts of uses for them. Plus, you can read about the good, the bad and the ugly of these unmanned arials and watch them in action to see if you could use them on your farm. Who would have ever guessed that remote-control flying crafts would become part of farming?!
Tuberculosis Found in Nebraska Herd
A case of bovine tuberculosis was discovered in a single cow from a northeast Nebraska cow herd.