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Grazing the Net

RSS By: Greg Henderson and Friends, Beef Today

Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining. 

Some Mad Cow Stuff

May 21, 2013

This is a pretty detailed look at how BSE wormed its way into the Canadian cow herd. Don't worry. It's old news and it winds up pointing that the problem is, at worst, very rare.

And, in England, they still get the occasional case. But now it's being passed around ,not by beef, but by blood transfusions and medical procedures.

The toll of "closing" the border

Start this review of immigration policy with a read on how desperate immigrants are to get into the U.S. and then continue on to read a bit about Washington's effort to convince voters they are going to do something about it all. Oops. We mean "solve the problem."

Yak. Yak. The farm bill gets another hearing.

The full Senate is undergoing a debate on their version of the farm bill this morning. And yes, they are all paying full attention.

They're blaming the Brazos County e. Coli problem on ground beef

FSIS inspector takes the horse slaughter spotlight

Pollan does some germ gazing

Michael Pollan has a darned interesting piece in the latest edition of the New York Time's Sunday Magazine. He points out that lots of bacteria are important allies in mankind's survival. Here are links to the whole looooong article and a shorter piece in a later paper. The former is worth using a non-subscriber chit.

Gut bacteria that guard against E. coli

As if to reemphasize Pollan's point, these researchers indicate that the right bacteria--already in our guts--can protect us from the effects of E. coli

Good news from USDA

USDA researchers say they've found a way to greatly enhance the identification of FMD virus.

Crazy ants

Everybody who has fire ants would like to find a way to eradicate them. Turns out crazy ants are doing just that. The trouble is, nobody wants crazy ants, either. Some recent coverage:

Fox: Crazy Ants Driving Out Fire Ants

Christian Science Monitor: The South Welcomes Crazy Ants

TAMU: Tawny "Rasberry" Crazy Ant

Offloading cattle in Tasmania

The downunderers are about as dry as the western U.S., apparently, and facing a fall and winter with "too little fodder." So they are "offloading," and facing a bad market as a consequence.

Tyson welfare panel

We suspect you'll hear more from these folks later.

Hard choice: Food safety or wildlife

The Nature Conservancy says that all the efforts to keep poop out of the vegetable fields in California is hampering biodiversity.

Flash: We're getting older every day

Of course this is not news to Kevin Spafford but there are a bunch of agricultural practitioners getting, politely put, "on up there."

Argentina government kills its beef industry

China's government is helping, too.

Protecting their oh-so-safe consumers from that nasty New Zealand stuff.

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