Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Six new calves and counting!

These two bull calves are not twins, but brothers. The mamma belongs to the calf on the right, but is being an attentive surrogate as the other calves mother eats. The calf on the left is only hours old and both are doing great.

I am amazed at the ease that a Hereford cow gives birth. Don't get me wrong...I'm sure it's hard work, but in my current state (8 mos pregnant) I can not help but admire the mamas in the pasture. We are getting a new calf of two almost every day.  There really are very few things in this world cutter than a baby calf.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pink Slime Still Making Headlines

This Cow Thinks Pink Slime is Yucky!

The dollar menu at fast food joints along with unhealthy school lunch for children is driving the obesity epidemic in both children and adults in this country. Pink slime is one of the culprits. This is also known as " LFTB (lean finely textured beef)" a less offensive phrase used by the huge factory farms and slaughter houses.

Here is a link to a short article in a Dallas Newspaper blog highlighting one farmer raising his beef on a sustainable and healthy scale. It's called "Pink Slime Economics: A Local Cattleman on How Beef Prices Will Rise, and Why That's OK" He had some good thoughts on pink slime and it's detrimental effects on the food industry.

The article concludes with: ...But, Hamilton says, "I think it's important for people to finally begin to understand why the price of my beef is so high. ... Because when you look around, we're the sickest country in the world."