Texas cattle groups dispute over tick treatment ban – Charlotte Observer

Texas ranchers and several government agencies say a recent decision to ban a tool to treat a deadly tick could put cattle at risk.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller last month halted the use of 15 cattle fever tick spray boxes in South Texas for lacking ventilation. The boxes spray livestock with a chemical to eliminate ticks that spread bovine babesiosis.

The Texas Animal Health Commission says the disease kills 90 percent of the animals it infects. The commission has identified nearly 920 cattle exposed to fever ticks in 82 counties since September 2016.

Commission Director Andy Schwartz says the boxes allow safe treatment.

But a spokesman for the Texas Farm Bureau says cattle are in jeopardy and cattle raisers need a short-term solution.

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Give a Cow a Brush, and Watch It Scratch That Itch – New York Times

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Some researchers think mechanical brushes aren’t just some spa amenity for dairy cows — they’re important to the animal’s well-being.

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  • Aug. 8, 2018

Cows, like dogs and people, like a good scratch. Outside, they’ll rub their bodies against fence posts or trees to remove parasites or just stay clean. Some do it so much, they can break radio transmission towers if you don’t fence it off.

But many dairy cows in the United States never go to pasture. And even when they do, cows may spend winters tied up in a barn. So if a cow has an itch to scratch — what’s a cow to do?

In a lot of places, nothing.

But in some places, there’s the mechanical brush.

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This bristly, swiveling, motorized apparatus spins when a cow touches it, allowing the animal to reach places it couldn’t on its own. On average, cows will spend seven minutes a day rubbing their heads, necks and backs on these bulky body buffers. And some researchers think these mechanical brushes aren’t just some spa amenity for dairy cows — they’re important to the animal’s well-being.

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The pleasures of good grooming are not lost on cows, it turns out.CreditBenjamin Lecorps/UBC Animal Welfare Program

For the cows, using mechanical brushes may ward off parasitic outbreaks, scratch itches and remove dead skin. But grooming also helps many species — perhaps including cows — cope with stress.

In the end, she said, “science can only tell us what the options are. It can’t tell us what we ought to do.”

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Holy Cow! Herd of Bovine Helps Corral Suspect Fleeing From Police – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A suspected car thief trying to evade authorities in central Florida was captured after some heroic bystanders — a herd of cows — helped corral the woman and lead her to officers, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said Jennifer Anne Kaufman crashed a stolen Subaru Sunday night after a brief chase and hoofed it into a nearby pasture in Sanford. A passenger inside the SUV also attempted to flee but was captured by police K9, the Orlando Sentinel reported. A third woman stayed inside the vehicle and was taken into custody.

Video captured by an SCSD helicopter shows Kaufman stumbling upon a herd of about 20 cows who promptly start galloping after her.

Someone inside the helicopter can be heard in the video advising Sanford police officers on the ground “for good visual” to look for the “large group of cows” chasing Kaufman. 

“Looks like they may attack her,” the person adds as the cows move in closer to Kaufman.

The cows eventually cornered the suspect at a fence along a nearby dirt road, where waiting deputies took her into custody.

Kaufman, 46, is being held on a $4,500 bond. Charges against her include resisting an officer and drug possession. An arrest report did not have an attorney listed for Kaufman who could comment on the charges. 

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HOLY COW: Car thief corralled by cows while running from Florida officers, police say – Atlanta Journal Constitution

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… crashed a stolen car, bailed out and ran. And that's when the cows came home. The video then shows one of the suspects running through a cow pasture as the animals chased and surrounded one of the suspects, who was eventually captured by police.

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TV personality Anne Batley-Burton outraged by culling of cows – Independent Community Newspaper

A man was taken to hospital with moderate injuries after a cow attacked two people in Totara Park, Auckland on Sunday.

Animal rights groups say a cow and her calf didn’t deserve to be killed after injuring walkers in an Auckland park.

On Sunday afternoon, a woman and a man were trampled by cows at south Auckland’s Totara Park. The man was later taken to Middlemore Hospital with moderate injuries. 

The council said it was natural instinct for a mother cow to protect its calf and advised anyone on council property with stock to be “extra careful” during calving season.

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But it had the cow and calf culled in response to the incident, saying the cow had acted in an overly protective way against the walkers which came near it.

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Campaign manager for SAFE Marianne Macdonald said the decision to kill the cows was “appalling”.

A Friesian-Hereford cross cow and her calf have been killed after the cow attacked two people on Sunday (file photo).

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A Friesian-Hereford cross cow and her calf have been killed after the cow attacked two people on Sunday (file photo).

“I think it’s really sad that a mother and a baby have been killed in this situation,” Macdonald said.

“People should have been kept away from those animals. It’s someone’s responsibility to do that.”

Macdonald said public parks should not have farm animals in them, and if they did, people needed to be kept away from them – especially during breeding season.

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“That mother was just doing what comes naturally, she was protecting her baby.


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“It’s very sad and totally unnecessary.”

SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen said the public should stay away from animals and their young.

SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen said the cows didn't need to be killed for displaying natural behaviours.

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SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen said the cows didn't need to be killed for displaying natural behaviours.

“Many animals can be extremely protective of their young due to the maternal bond that forms, including cows with their calves,” Midgen said.

“SPCA recommends signs are put up when there are animals with their young on public reserves warning people to stay away, to protect the animals and people.”

Midgen said a better outcome would have been for the cows to be moved from an area with public access “rather than sending these animals to slaughter for displaying natural maternal behaviours”.

Real Housewife Anne Batley-Burton is outraged by the killing of the cows.

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Real Housewife Anne Batley-Burton is outraged by the killing of the cows.

Reality TV star Anne Batley-Burton also believes the cows should not have been put down.

“What the hell is wrong with these God forsaken people,” she said on Facebook.

“Why the hell should the poor mother cow and her baby be killed. I can’t stand it.”

Farm manager Peter Linton said on Monday that culling the Friesian-Hereford-cross cow and her calf was an emotional experience. 

The calf was a steer that was 8 or 9 months old, he said. 

“It was a drastic thing to do but it was a drastic thing to have happen,” Linton said. 

The situation was “very serious” and everything was done “appropriately” by experts, he said. 

“It’s for the public’s peace of mind.”

Cattle did not normally do these types of things and although he was unsure of exactly what happened, Linton thought the cow “must have been provoked in some way”.

Auckland Council’s head of parks services Mark Bowater said staff visited Totara Park on Monday and provided assistance to the site’s lessee, who manages the stock. 

“We worked with them to identify an individual cow being overly protective of her calf,” Bowater said. 

“During calving season, cows are typically very protective of their calves and do not like people to get near them.”

Auckland Council recommended people be “extra careful during calving season”, he said. 

“It is a cow’s natural instinct to protect their calves.

“Over this time people should keep their distance from cows, and ensure they never come between them and their calves.”


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Cow and calf sent to slaughter after Auckland attack – Newshub

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A cow and her calf have been sent to a slaughterhouse after two people were injured in a cow attack in Auckland on Sunday.

Aimee Wedgwood was running loops through Totara Park when she noticed a group of cows acting suspiciously. As she was backing away, two of them launched an attack on her, knocking her off her feet.

A bystander intervened to help, using a stick – but he was knocked down by four cows and left with moderate injuries, including large lacerations to his legs.

Farm manager Peter Linton told Newshub the cows will be killed, and said it was "their time to go anyway".

The mother was a two-year-old, while the male steer was eight months of age and will now be made into veal.

Auckland Council head of parks services Mark Bowater said he’s reached out to the man involved in an effort to get more details about Sunday’s attack.

"We wish them both well and hope they recover from their injuries quickly," he said.

He said Auckland Council staff visited Totara Park on Monday morning and provided assistance to the site’s lessee who manages the stock.

During calving season, cows are typically very protective of their calves and do not like people to get near them, Mr Bowater said, asking locals to be extra careful in parks during this time.

"We recommend anyone that chooses to go in parts of our parks with cows is extra careful during calving season, as it is a cow’s natural instinct to protect their calves," he explained.

"Over this time, people should keep their distance from cows, and ensure they never come between them and their calves."

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Blind Cow Is So Happy To Be Reunited With Her Sister | The Dodo Reunited – Anchorage Press

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Somebody added cow's milk to Almond Breeze, FDA says, sparking a recall in 28 states – Washington Post


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In the decades-long war over milk — with purveyors of cow juice on one side and the people who make an increasing array of ecru-colored plant- and nut-based drinks on the other — this is as close to consorting with the enemy as it gets.

The manufacturer of a popular brand of almond milk has announced a recall for what some would say sacrilegious act: Somehow, cow’s milk got into their almond milk.

The recall affects nearly 150,000 half-gallon cartons of Almond Breeze almond milk shipped to wholesalers in 28 states, according to the Food and Drug Administration. That is less than 1 percent of all the refrigerated almond milk shipped by HP Hood in the past month.

HP Hood is a national dairy company based in Lynnfield, Mass. Among its brands are Lactaid and Crowley. But the company also handles the production of Almond Breeze, the brand of Blue Diamond Growers, a California almond cooperative.

This revelation could be more than enough to sour fans’ perception of the Almond Breeze brand, whose carton features almonds plopping into a sea of pure white liquid.

It was a perception carefully cultivated by Blue Diamond Growers, whose website features a picture of a single perfect almond sitting upright on a wooden table and another photo of a farmer meticulously inspecting a blossoming almond tree. If the photos weren’t enough, the text near the top of the page proudly proclaims: “Almonds are all we do.”

But a statement from Hood about the mix-up conjures a different image. The almond milk, after all, was produced in a factory — one that, almond drinkers now know, was essentially playing both sides in the milk wars.

“Although the almond milk is processed on a separate line and filler and we confirmed that the allergen control protocol all standard validation testing was conducted in accordance with our allergen control program, this particular batch of almond milk was contaminated with one container of milk through an employee error,” a representative said in an email to CBS News. “Hood made the decision to recall all of the product from this batch as a precaution.”

One person with a lactose allergy was sickened by the almond milk, but Hood said the product is completely safe to drink for anyone without that allergy.

For many, it was another salvo in the greater debate over what is and isn’t “milk,” with billions in revenue at stake.

People who ship the mammary secretions of cows argue that people who sell hemp, nut and soy-based drinks are using the centuries-old good name of milk to market products that should more appropriately be labeled soy juice or hemp drink.

In 2000 and 2010, the National Milk Producers Federation wrote the FDA to argue for a more exclusive use of the word “milk” on labels. At the time, federation spokesman Christopher Galen told USA Today, “We had to do something,” which included creating a Facebook page: “They Don’t Got Milk.”

Last month, the FDA said it planned to start heavily enforcing a regulation that says the only products companies can call “milk” are things that come from the “milking of one or more healthy cows.” In a statement at the Politico Pro Summit, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb summed it up this way: “An almond doesn’t lactate.”

The debate has also entered the halls of Congress. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) submitted an amendment to kill spending for the required FDA study that would look at relabeling, according to Roll Call, but it was defeated. Afterward, the National Milk Producers Federation declared a small victory.

“Today’s vote should send a very strong message to food marketers who have long been ignoring FDA’s food labeling standards by inappropriately using dairy terms on products that do not contain any dairy,” the federation said. “Those days are numbered.”

The other side argues that no consumer believes that when she buys, say, almond milk, that it originated from a cow. Declining sales of cow’s milk and the exploding market for alternatives is not due to the labeling on the carton, they argue, but rather what’s inside it. Increasingly health-conscious consumers view milk alternatives as simply better for them.

Nancy Chapman, executive director of the Soyfoods Association of North America, told The Washington Post in 2016 that her organization has conducted studies of shoppers and found that the “overwhelming majority” — 98 percent — don’t confuse it with cow’s milk.

“Folks are selecting soy milk because they know it’s not from dairy,” she said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly listed Kemps as one of the brands of HP Hood. Farmers co-op Dairy Farmers bought Kemps in 2011. 

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New Lincoln food truck rolls out with beef as the star in creative, craveable fare – Lincoln Journal Star

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His burgers, however, have been a staple and are already making their mark, he said. The patties are made from ground beef that includes prime cuts for higher fat content, which ultimately means a messy burger bursting with juices and savory umami flavor.

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Almond Milk Recalled For Possible Cow's Milk Contamination – HuffPost

The dairy company HP Hood is voluntarily recalling nearly 150,000 half-gallon cartons of refrigerated almond milk because they may contain cow’s milk, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The recall affects the company’s Blue Diamond Vanilla Almond Breeze with the use-by date of Sept. 2.

Cow’s milk is not listed as an allergen on the product, so people with allergies or sensitivities to milk “run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products,” the FDA said.

The company received a complaint in June from a customer who reported having an allergic reaction after drinking the almond milk, HP Hood spokeswoman Lynne Bohan said. The Massachusetts-based company has received no other reports of adverse reactions, she said.

Initial tests failed to detect the presence of dairy products, but a more comprehensive investigation showed that “milk inadvertently was entered into the processing equipment for almond milk,” Bohan said.

“We have done a comprehensive review into the situation and we’ve made corrective actions and made changes to our process to ensure that this will never happen again,” Bohan added.

Almond milk is a popular non-dairy alternative for people who are lactose intolerant or have other milk sensitivities. It makes up 64 percent of the non-dairy milk market, according to marketing agency Mintel. 

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