The Donkey Whisperer
Jul 18, 2014
You’ve heard about the horse whisperer, and the dog whisperer.
We now have a donkey whisperer, though he doesn't appear to possess the same animal behavior-modification abilities as other animal whisperers.
The donkey whisperer is from Texas, which will come as no surprise once you watch the short video. Posting of the link here is for entertainment value only, and should not be considered an endorsement in case you are looking for someone to whisper to your donkeys.
Sniffing Out Dyer's Woad
While our canine companions over the years seldom earned their keep, canine unemployment is not an option at the non-profit Working Dogs for Conservation.
Dogs were originally used to locate carnivore scat. Now, dogs are used to find invasive plants, invertebrates and contaminants such as heavy metals and pharmaceuticals.
One fully-employed dog is Seamus, trained to patrol Mount Sentinel in Colorado. His job is to sniff out dyer's woad, a noxious weed that takes over rangeland, choking out native grasses. When he finds the plant he stops and the GPS in his doggy backpack marks the location of the weed so it can be sprayed later.
Global Warming is Ruining Booze
We now have a big reason to put the brakes on greenhouse gas emissions. Global warming is ruining booze. Specifically, tequila. Apparently the hotter summers in Mexico are causing the blue agave plants used in tequila production to mature too early and they aren't absorbing the proper nutrients. That makes for weaker and less flavorful tequila.
Beef Exports Maintain Momentum
U.S. pork and beef exports maintained their strong momentum in May, with export volumes for both products exceeding last year's totals and value increasing by double digits, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports in May were up 5 percent in volume (102,967 mt) and 15 percent in value ($589 million).