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.
They Slaughter Horses
Apr 17, 2014
The BLM stepped in road apples again. They've taken plenty of heat for their attempt to confiscate Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's cows, even as it became clear Bundy was in arrears on his rent for 20 years.
Now the BLM is under fire for gathering a herd of horses in northwest Wyoming and handing them over to officials who sold the animals to a Canadian slaughterhouse. Wild horse advocates are not happy. They say they should have had the chance to intercede, but the BLM says the horses were abandoned – not wild – and that it publicized the sale beforehand.
Burger King might want to change its name to Chicken King after the company's most recent move. The king of burgers has announced that it will introduce the Chicken Big King, an updated version of the Big King hamburger. Burger King's president Alex Macedo says, "As beef prices have increased significantly over the last 20 years or so consumption has gone down. Chicken is growing in consumption quite a lot." We sure hope the Whopper doesn't change to the Clucker anytime soon.
The COOL Down
Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) continues to frustrate beef producers, but an end could be in sight. The U.S. Court of Appeals will hold a hearing on May 19 to discuss a lawsuit filed by a collation of packers and industry groups to stop the more stringent rules that have been set in place for COOL. U.S. trade partners, Canada and Mexico, have not appreciated what COOL has done to their producers. Canada is looking at placing tariffs on U.S. imports, while Mexico has been sending fewer cattle. Last year nearly 990,000 head of cattle were imported from Mexico, down approximately 480,000 head from 2012 year.
Goats have been picking up in popularity on hobby farms, and now the farm animals notorious for climbing are getting their own penthouse towers. The first goat tower was said to have been built in the 1800s by a Portuguese wine farmer. Nearly a century later a South African vineyard and cheese maker followed suit making a tower that is home to 750 Saanen milk goats. There have even been some towers popping up on farms across the U.S. Now the question is who will be the brave cattleman that retrofits a silo for their cows to climb?