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.
The Livestock Apocalypse Sperm Bank
Aug 19, 2013
Ever wondered how we could repopulate a post-apocalyptic Earth? Well, as long as there’s a human left, there will be beef. Thank God. The National Animal Germplasm Program has the goods – 700,000 straws of common, rare and vintage semen. And actually, you can get semen for free now. If you’ve got a good reason.
The Modern Farmer has more on what may be the largest semen repository in the world. But, the details on how the facility will survive the apocalypse are top secret.
Beef Cattle Outlook – More of the Same?
The USDA released its Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook and again "higher year-over-year commercial cow slaughter" sets the stage for lower cow inventories, calf crops and ultimately feeder numbers.
The USDA report also discusses imports/exports and the impacts of the absence of the National Agricultural Statistics Service survey.
Could Disease Resistance be Related to Color?
New research at Iowa State University suggests that non-black cattle may be more resistant to Salmonella. Although Salmonella is "not of huge economic importance to cattle" it is important to packers who don’t want any chance of salmonella contaminated ground beef. What could this mean for our industry? It may be too soon to tell. The August Hereford World has the whole story.
Birth Control for Cows
An Argentinian veterinarian designed an IUD (intrauterine device) for older brood cows who are being fed for harvest. The "practically inoffensive" device will help cattlemen in Argentina reduce the financial burden an unwanted pregnancy causes. In fact, the Argentinian government is even subsidizing the distribution of about 440,000 IUDs to producers. The Raw Story has the device details.
Problems with Wolves?
According to The Albuquerque Journal, U.S. Fish and Wildlife is now doling out $850,000 to help reduce conflicts between livestock and the Mexican wolves they thought would be a good idea to release. Makes a lot of sense, right?
HSUS is Mad at the City of Raleigh
It doesn’t take much to anger "animal activist" group Humane Society of the U.S (HSUS). Now, HSUS is suing the Raleigh (North Carolina) Transit Authority because they wouldn’t run the HSUS’ advertisement on the side of city buses. The advertisement showed "pigs confined in pens on factory farms." Kudos to Raleigh for standing up to HSUS. And maybe even more interestingly, North Carolina is the nation’s second-largest pork producing state. WRAL has the piggy story.