If you were homeless and starving, would you eat chicken? A French tourist in New York this week discovered the answer. Paris native Karine Gombeau visited New York's Little Italy neighborhood last week and saw a man sifting through the garbage. Assuming he was homeless, she offered him her leftover pizza. When asked what she offered, Gombeau said it was barbecue chicken pizza, and the man took it. Chicken on pizza? That revelation leaves us flabbergasted, but there's more to this story. The man was no hobo, it was Richard Gere, a Hollywood A-list actor who was in character on the set of his new movie, "Time Out of Mind." Gere accepted the pizza, never revealing to Gombeau his true identity. So, did he eat the pizza? Gere has been rumored to be vegetarian, but he says that's not true. However, he admits he hasn't eaten red meat in 30 years. Hmmm. We think he ate the chicken.
Water Doesn't Come From a Spout
Food doesn't come from a store, and water doesn't come from a spout. It's a concept some Californians don't grasp. In the midst of the state's worst drought in recorded history, Governor Jerry Brown reminded Californians this week that watering lawns does not fall into the category of necessary water use. But it wasn't just individuals Brown was targeting with his proclamation. He also had to order homeowners associations to stop threatening to fine individuals who comply with water conservation measures. In other words, stop watering lawns and washing off driveways.
Windy City Stockers
There's a new stocker cattle operation in the midst of Chicago. The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences will graze four head of stocker cattle this summer on 12 acres somewhere in the midst of the Windy City. And we give a shout-out to the Nebraska LEAD Program that donated the cattle. Nebraska LEAD was funded with the help of the University of Nebraska to promote agriculture, primarily to young people.
The pasture was once a tree nursery, but has since been converted to Timothy grass. Principal William Hook says he hopes the cattle gain 40 pounds a month. We think the principal shouldn't be surprised if the cattle gain much better than the 1.3 pounds per day he hopes.
Profit Tracker: Beef Margins Tick Higher
Profit margins for both beef and pork producers moved slightly higher last week, ending a month-long downward trend. Both sectors remain solidly profitable.
Cattle feeders recorded average profits of $179 per head last week, about $3 per head more than the previous week, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. The margins represent a $229 per head improvement over last year.