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.
COOL Is Anything But
Jul 25, 2013
The fight continues over mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef as a lawsuit was filed earlier this month arguing that requiring that label is unconstitutional and bad for business, says Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram. Cattlemen’s groups don’t see the difference between southern cattle on one side of the Mexican border and the other, and Canada is mad too, threatening to start a trade war.
On the other side of things—a pro-labeling groups’ spokesperson, from LA, says to a rancher who doesn’t see the point of sorting his 4,000 head before he sells them: "If he doesn’t want to segregate his cattle, then he shouldn’t get cattle from Mexico." Oh, how we love it when city folks offer such useful advice.
Read more about how COOL is still a hot topic.
New Legislation to Keep Your Personal Info Private
NCBA gives kudos to Senators Grassley and Donnelly for introducing legislation Tuesday to protect livestock producers’ personal info from being passed around by the EPA. It’s called the Farmer Identity Protection Act. NCBA’s past president J.D. Alexander says this is a step in the right direction to fix a problem created by the "incestuous relationship between environmentalists and the EPA."
NCBA’s press release has the details.
New York Times Gives Farmers Advice
The New York Times weighs in on how prolonged heat and drought are affecting food production in the West. Gary Paul Nabhan suggests spreading compost on fields, collecting rainwater and reusing grey water, and "initially focusing on edible tree crops and perennial pastures—rather than providing more subsidies to biofuel production from annual crops."
He also points out that "last year, some farmers made more from insurance payments than selling their products."
We’re not sure about the "tree crops," but the rest sounds good for ranchers. Don’t miss any of his tips by reading the whole story.
A group of Australian farmers made the long trip to the Midwest U.S. to tour two John Deere dealerships and a Caterpillar equipment factory. But, cattle were the topic of discussion as they toured purebred beef operation Sydenstricker Genetics in Mexico, Mo. Blogger Sara Brown was there to help answer their questions on everything from youth agriculture programs, to grain marketing to smartphone apps.
She has the scoop on her Beef Today blog.
Pet Pig Gets Cancer Treatment
When Nemo, George Goldner’s pet pig, wasn’t feeling well, he took him to Cornell University Hospital for Animals, where he was diagnosed with cancer. Though a pig has never been treated for cancer before, after four months and maybe tens of thousands of dollars, Nemo is in remission.
The Huffington Post has this unusual pig's tale.