3 Picks: Lame Cattle, Lawn Watering, BIG Combine
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Below, are today’s three chosen agricultural-related news picks.
1) Beta-agonists and Lame Cattle: Writers P.J. Huffstutter and Lisa Baertlein, for Reuters, tell us that “At a beef industry conference in Denver last week, the animal health auditor for meat producer JBS USA presented a video showing short clips of cows struggling to walk and displaying other signs of distress. The animals appeared to step gingerly, as if on hot metal, and showed signs of lameness, according to four people who saw the video. … The JBS presentation and Tyson’s decision to ban Zilmax-fed cattle underscores the increasingly complex tradeoffs facing the agricultural sector as it seeks to engineer greater volumes of food at low cost. Tensions have grown in the drive to meet that goal, including fears about animal welfare, mounting criticism by consumer advocates, and industry concern about the effect of biotechnology on product quality, such as whether beef still has the fatty marbling that some consumers like.”
2) Is the Era of the Lawn in the Parched West Over? (by Katie Valentine) “A number of the region’s cities are cracking down on a feature of American households that the EPA says sucks up more than 15 percent of Americans’ overall water usage — the grassy lawn. … From 2000 to 2010, the average per-person water use in Las Vegas declined by 30 percent, with the grass-removal program alone saving 9.2 billion gallons of water. … These drier-than-usual conditions have made one expert declare the “era of the lawn in the West” to be over.”
3) A sarcastic Reddit quote worth repeating:
Let’s make them bigger, SO MUCH BIGGER that they cost over $10 million and there is only one per state. We will tell stories of when we’re old of the good old days of actually owning one.
The comment was by a farmer about this, the S690 Combine by Deere…
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The luxury 2-seat cab comes with options of GPS and tracks, and it can be fitted with an 18 row corn head. Price: between $350,000 – $450,000.
Speaking of Deere, their latest earnings report beat expectations – AGAIN.
This news post was written and compiled by K. McDonald.