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.
Cows Gone Wild, Hikers Terrified
Oct 25, 2013
Cattle are trespassing at the 18,000-acre Chino Hills State Park in the foot hills of the Santa Ana Mountains east of Los Angeles. Many are calling the cows feral, and there have been several incidents of the cows scaring hikers and campers. Park rangers are concerned about the potential for a dangerous interaction between the cattle and humans, so they’ve hired cowboys to come in and roundup the strays, but that strategy has had limited success.
Bad Science, Good Politics
We think Elaine Watson makes some astute observations about the ongoing debate over whether food produced with GMOs should contain labels. Writing for Foodnavigator-USA.com, Watson says the food industry "does not appear to be winning hearts and minds when it comes to persuading the public of the merits of GM crops, or why mandatory labeling of ingredients derived from them would be a bad idea." Some pro-GM spokesmen believe the PR strategy of fighting labeling of GM foods has "backfired."
Canadian Cattle No Longer Welcome at Tyson
Here’s the reality of COOL (country-of-origin labeling): Tyson Foods Inc. has stopped buying Canadian cattle for slaughter and processing in the U.S. Supporters of COOL suggest that’s a good thing, though opponents heartily disagree. Tyson says COOL forces additional costs on the company "without providing any incremental value to our customers." Less beef on the U.S. market might be a good thing, except that supplies are already at historic lows, which has driven retail beef prices to historic highs. Will U.S. consumers pay even more to know the complete origin of their steaks? We’re skeptical.
Does this Milk Taste Bad?
The national Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention kicks off next week in Louisville, KY, and high school students from across America will compete in various activities. One interesting competition is the Milk Quality and Products Career Development event where teens taste samples of milk to assess its taste, quality and freshness. Students must learn to identify off-flavors in milk, and samples in the competition are spiked with trace amounts of garlic powder, vinegar and other substances to create those off-flavors.