Judge clears way for unloved Markham cow statue to be removed – Toronto Star

Goodbye, sweet Charity.

After months of udder confusion and indecision, a Toronto judge put a swift end to Markham’s ongoing cow statue debacle this week after he dismissed a motion by the developer for an injunction to prevent the sculpture from being moved.

“The residents of Markham do not want the gift that the plaintiff wishes to give them,” Superior Court Justice Andras Schreck said in his decision Wednesday. “I am not satisfied that forcing them to accept the unwanted gift by granting an injunction is required to preserve the plaintiff’s rights or to prevent irreparable harm,” he said.

Last week, Markham council passed a motion to have Charity removed within 10 days, after residents said a sharp leaf from around her neck fell on the ground. Further examination of the sculpture by an engineer found there was “insufficient welding attaching 20 to 25% of the leaves to the rest of the sculpture and that there was a risk that those leaves would fall,” Schreck said.

But on Tuesday, lawyers for the developer Helen Roman-Barber and her company Romandale Farms Ltd. were in court arguing that moving the 25-foot high stainless steel statue on stilts, called “Charity: Perpetuation of Perfection,” would cause it “irreparable” harm. They also argued that Markham breached the “artwork donation agreement” when it reneged on its decision to keep Charity at the current location on Charity Cres., in the community of Cathedraltown at Elgin Mills Rd. and Major Mackenzie Dr.

Romandale Farms also filed a lawsuit seeking $3 million from the City of Markham, or a lesser amount of $1 million if the city also declares that it never acquired ownership of the statue, and if it returns it to the developer at a time and place determined Roman-Barber, at the city’s own risk and expense.

Roman-Barber is fighting to keep the memorial on the crescent as a tribute to her late father who owned a part share in Charity, a famous show cow, and the farm the subdivision now sits on. But since it was installed last year, residents have complained that the statue is too close to their homes, and was installed without consultation and notice to them.

In a statement, the city of Markham said following the court’s decision, the “donor has agreed to accept the return of the sculpture to the Donor. The City of Markham is working on removing the sculpture as soon as reasonably possible with the assistance of a contractor.

“The City will arrange for security personnel and by-law patrols to ensure the safety of residents and workers. The City of Markham has not yet confirmed when this work will take place.”

In his decision, Schreck commended Roman-Barber for her donation but said her will could not trump the desire of residents.

“The residents of Markham have stated, through their elected representatives, that they do not want the gift that Romandale wishes to bestow on them. A true philanthropist respects the wishes of those he or she wishes to benefit,” he said. “The balance of convenience does not favour allowing Romandale to continue to try to impose on the residents of the City a gift they do not want.”

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Woman suffocates under pile of cow dung to 'treat' snake bite – New York Post

A wife suffocated under a pile of cow dung after being told it would cure her snake bite.

Mother of five, Devendri, 35, from a village in Bulandshahr, northern India, was out getting some wood to burn for cooking when a snake bit her on her hand.

She ran home to inform her husband, Mukesh, and they quickly decided to call the local snake charmer.

The local snake charmer, Murarey, advised Mukesh to cover his wife in cow dung, suggesting it would suck out the poison.

People gathered outside the house and watched as Devendri lay outside as Mukesh buried her in cow dung and the snake charmer sat beside her and chanted mantras.

But after 75 minutes Devendri sadly died.

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Mukesh said: “My wife went out to get firewood and when she was collecting the wood a snake bit her. We tried some medicines, a grinded powder and tied a rope around her arm. But the snake charmer advised us to cover her in cow dung, so we did.”

“The snake charmer was confident he could help. We left her in the cow dung for 75 minutes. I never thought she would die, I really thought she’d survive and it’d work. I never thought this would happen.”

The snake charmer, Murarey, was filmed and said: “I’m known in this area to treat animal bites. I think the snake was a cobra. And yes, she died because she was buried.”

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Mukesh is now left to raise five children alone.

He is completely baffled the burial method did not work on saving his wife.

Station house officer Anand Veer, at Kakod Police Station, said: “We are not aware of this incident at the station. No one has reported anything or lodged a complaint.”

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Superstition is India is considered a widespread social problem and usually attributed to a lack of education in rural parts of the country.

Beliefs and practices vary from region to region, with many regions having their own specific traditions and superstitions.

Many beliefs are centuries old and are considered part of tradition and religion, as a result; any introduction of new prohibitory laws often face opposition.

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Dashcam footage shows close encounter between police car and cow – Independent.ie

A Harris County deputy was patrolling the roads when he stopped to assist motorists involved in an apparent traffic accident. Footage shows a cow then running towards the police vehicle.

The cow was seen charging at the deputies, who quickly moved out of the way to avoid the animal before it ran away.

During the regular 8 hour shift we encounter the good, the bad, and the big. We can handle criminals with no problem,…

Posted by Harris County Constable Pct. 3 – Constable Sherman Eagleton on Friday, April 27, 2018

The footage now has 21,000 views on the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton Facebook page.

Police said: “During the regular eight-hour shift we encounter the good, the bad, and the big.

“We can handle criminals with no problem, but when it comes to livestock… it’s no bull!”

Officers reassured the public that no animals, humans or patrol cars were harmed in the encounter.

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Mooooove! Cow chases cop – Sky News

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Mooooove! Cow chases cop. 14:23, UK, Monday 30 April 2018. A Texas deputy constable probably wasn't expecting to have to dodge an angry cow. Video: A Texas deputy constable probably wasn't expecting to have to dodge an angry cow when he arrived at the

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A Conundrum in Cull Cow Prices – Drovers Magazine

U.S. Federally Inspected (FI) cow slaughter cow slaughter has been running above a year ago, with both beef and dairy components increasing. Year-to-date (through the week ending April 13th), daily average FI cow slaughter was up 7% from a year ago with beef and dairy cow components up 10% and 5%, respectively. Nationally, cow slaughter levels are expected to remain above 2017’s until midsummer, and maybe longer.

Even with increased harvest levels, the Cutter cow cutout value has been above 2017’s. That wholesale carcass equivalent value is calculated weekly by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Typically, the wholesale value would increase seasonally, brought on by higher demand for ground beef. However, that wholesale value has been flat all year and has had a limiting effect on cull cow prices.

USDA-AMS, under the mandatory livestock reporting program, compiles from packers a national weekly direct cow and bull report on negotiated dressed prices (delivered to plant), it also contains a regional breakdown. The national average cull cow price so far this year has been below 2017’s. Yearto-date (16-weeks), the average heavy carcass (500-pounds and heavier) price has been $125.66 per cwt., that is down $3.83 (3.0%) from a year earlier. The price of lighter carcasses (400- to-500-pound) also has declined, slipping $4.19 per cwt. (-3.3%). Imports of slaughter cows, too, have been below a year ago contributing to this puzzle.

Regionally, for 500-pound and heavier carcasses, the South Central states (TX, OK, NE, KS, and CO) so far this year averaged 3.8% below 2017’s. In the eastern 26 states, which are reported as a category by AMS (from Vermont to Florida to Indiana), prices declined 5.3%. The north central region (NE, WY, MT, SD, and ND) this year’s price averaged down 2.3%, while the Midwest (MO, IA, MN, WI, IL) slipped 6.4%. In one region, slaughter cow prices have been higher year-over-year; that is the west (AZ, NV, UT, CA, ID, OR, and WA) where the rise was 6.9%. In May 2017, CS Beef completed construction and began operations of their new state-of-the-art packing plant. Clearly, competition for animals in that region has increased cull cow prices.

There are two keys to cull cow prices for the balance of this year; both are supply-related. First, low milk price is persisting and could increase slaughter even more than expected. Of course, drought conditions could expand this summer, causing more beef cows to be culled earlier than normal.

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VIDEO: Angry cow charges at Texas deputy – News 5 Cleveland – News 5 Cleveland

When police officers and sheriff’s deputies sign up to serve and protect, catching an angry cow is probably not one of the things they expect to be part of the job.

An angry cow was caught on dash cam charging at a Texas deputy while police were responding to a call of a cow that had possibly been hit by a car.

But the only thing wrong with the cow was a bad attitude.

After a few passes, the cow headed into the woods.

The constable’s office said no deputy or cow was injured.

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Speedy Texas Deputy Avoids Hard-Charging Cow – U.S. News & World Report

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A Texas deputy constable proved he's fleet of foot while facing down an agile cow that had a beef with motorists along a rural road. April 28, 2018, at 1:43 p.m.. Speedy Texas Deputy Avoids Hard-Charging Cow. Share. ×. Share on Facebook · Post on
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COW CHASE: Dashcam captures livestock hit by car charging at deputy – KTRK-TV


This was one chase that had a deputy moo-ving.

According to the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s office, one of the department’s deputies was caught on camera being chased around by a cow that may have been hit by a vehicle.

Deputy Andrew Ries encountered the cow shortly after his shift began along FM-2100 in the Huffman area. Ries saw two vehicles parked on the shoulder, prompting him to stop to investigate a possible accident, according to the constable’s office.

Instead, the motorists told Ries that another vehicle had hit a cow, which appeared to be uninjured.

However, as seen on his dashcam video, the downed cow started stirring and charged at Ries as he was backing away. The deputy is seen running around his patrol vehicle.

The animal then charged at him some more, and the deputy is seen running out of view. The cow eventually went into the woods, never to be seen again.

Ries returned to his vehicle and left after braving the bovine.

“We can handle criminals with no problem,” remarked Constable Sherman Eagleton’s office on Facebook. “But when it comes to livestock….it’s no bull!”

The constable’s office added no humans, animals or patrol cars were damaged in the cow encounter.

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This pet cow loves TV, beach days and his family – WMUR Manchester

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Madden had been raising horses all her life, but she wanted a cow ever since she was a little girl. Finn seems to be the perfect fit; at only 43 inches high, he is small enough to be both an indoor and outdoor pet. "He's a part of our family, and

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Fall Calving Herd: Cow-Calf Profitability Expectations for Spring … – Drovers Magazine

Spring is the time of year when fall calving cow-calf operations wean their fall-born calves and summer stocker operators place calves into summer grazing programs. The purpose of this article will be to examine the profitability of cow-calf operations that have recently sold, or will soon sell, their fall born calves. A very similar article was written last year that took this same basic approach and overall profitability is very similar to where it was at that time.

Table 1 summarizes estimated spring 2018 costs and returns to a traditional fall-calving cow-calf operation. Every operation is different, so producers should modify these estimates to fit their situation. Average weaning weight is assumed to be 550 lbs and the steer / heifer average calf price is assumed to be $1.45 per pound. This price is based on the mid-April 2018 market, which actually decreased slightly from March. Weaning rate is assumed to be 90%, meaning that it is expected that a calf will be weaned and sold from 90% of the cows that are managed and exposed to a bull. This is a relatively high weaning rate as this analysis will generally assume a well-managed operation and reflects more favorable weather during the breeding and calving seasons for fall calving cows. Based on these assumptions, calf revenue per cow is $718.

The pasture stocking rate is assumed to be 2 acres per cow-calf unit and pasture maintenance costs are assumed to be relatively low. At $25 per acre, this would include one pasture clipping and seeding some legumes on a portion of the pasture acres each year. Producers who apply fertilizer to pasture ground would likely see much higher pasture maintenance costs and these costs should be adjusted accordingly. Producers should also consider the stocking rates for their operation as this will vary greatly, especially for fall calving herds. Stocking rate impacts the number of grazing days and winter feeding days for the operation, which has large implications for costs on a per cow basis.

The primary cost difference between a fall-calving herd and a spring-calving herd is winter feed. Since fall calving cows are lactating during the winter, their nutrient requirements are higher when stored feed is typically fed. For the initial purposes of this analysis, fall calving cows are assumed to consume 2.5 tons of hay through the winter and that hay is valued at $90 per ton. This hay value is considerably above “market” price in most areas, but is high due to the greater hay quality needs of fall calving cows. In some settings, fall calving cows may be fed lower quality hay, in which case weaning weights (and revenues per cow) would be lower. An alternative strategy for some operations might be to feed lower quality hay and supplement cows during the winter. If this is done, both the cost of the supplemental feed and the additional feeding labor should be considered. Regardless, winter nutrient needs are higher for fall calving cows, and this comes at an additional cost. Mineral cost is set at $35 per cow, veterinary / medicine costs $25, trucking costs $10, machinery costs $20 (primarily for feeding hay as this does not include machinery for hay production or pasture clipping as they are included in those respective costs), and other costs $25. Marketing costs are assumed to be $30 per cow, but larger operations may market cattle in larger groups and pay lower commission rates.

Breeding stock depreciation is a key cost that is often overlooked. Breeding stock depreciate just like any other asset on the farm. For example, if the “typical” cow entered the herd as a bred heifer valued at $1,700 and her expected cull value was $700, then she would depreciate $1,000 over her productive lifetime. If we assume a typical cow has 8 productive years, then annual cow depreciation is $125 using a straight line depreciation method. This is the assumption made in this analysis, but the actual depreciation will vary across farms. When buying bred replacement heifers, this cost is obvious. With farm-raised replacements, this cost should be the revenue foregone if the heifer had been sold with the other calves, plus all expenses incurred (feed, breeding, pasture rent, etc.) to reach the same stage as a purchased bred heifer.

Finally, breeding costs are assumed to be $40 per cow and are one of the most misunderstood costs on a cow calf operation. Breeding cost on a per cow basis should include annual depreciation of the bull and bull maintenance costs, spread across the number of cows he services. For example, if a bull is purchased for $3,500 and sold two years later for $2,500, the bull depreciated $500 each year. Then, if his maintenance costs were $500 per year (feed, pasture, vet / med, etc.), his ownerships costs are $1,000 per year. If that bull covers 25 cows, breeding cost per cow is $40. A similar approach can be used for AI, but producers should be careful to include multiple rounds of AI for some cows and the ownership costs of a cleanup bull, if one is used. Breeding costs per cow may be much higher for many operations as these assumptions are likely conservative.

Note that based on our assumptions, total expenses per cow are roughly $585 and revenues per cow are $718. So, estimated return to land, labor, capital, and management is $133 per cow managed. This is very similar to our estimates for spring 2017. At first glance, this return can be misleading, so some additional discussion is warranted. A number of costs were intentionally not included in this analysis because they vary greatly across operations. Notice that no value is placed on the time spent working and managing the operation, no depreciation on facilities, equipment, fences, or other capital items is included, and no interest (opportunity cost) is charged on any capital investments including land, facilities, and the cattle themselves. So, the return needs to be thought of as a return to the operator’s time, equipment, facilities, land, and capital.

As one thinks about quantifying these additional costs, it likely makes sense to start with land. Cow-calf operators should at least cover the rental potential of that pasture ground. Similarly, there is a great deal of capital investment on a cow-calf operation in facilities, fencing, and equipment that should be considered. Finally, a cow-calf operator should expect some return to the time they spend managing the operation. This might be best illustrated by using a simple, bare-bones illustration. At a relatively low land rental rate of $30 per acre, this would represent another $60 per cow in opportunity cost given the two acres per cow stocking rate. A similarly low $50 per cow estimate for depreciation and interest on equipment, fencing, facilities, etc. (this would not include hay equipment as hay is valued at market price in the analysis) and $30 value for the operator’s labor and management, would suggest that return to land, capital, labor, and management would need to be $140 per cow. Again, these numbers are likely low and variable across operations, but thinking through them is important to understanding current cow-calf profitability. Put simply, well-managed fall calving herds are likely covering cash costs and breeding stock depreciation right now, but are not likely receiving anything but minimal returns to the their capital investment, labor, and management.

Table 1: Estimated Returns to Fall Calving Cow-calf Operation: Spring 2018
Steer / Heifer Calf Average   550 lbs $1.45 $798
Discount for Open Cows   10% open   $80
Total Revenues per Cow $718
Pasture Maintenance 2.0 acres $25.00 $50
Hay 2.5 tons $90.00 $225
Mineral       $35
Vet       $25
Breeding       $40
Marketing       $30
Machinery       $20
Trucking       $10
Breeding Stock Depreciation       $125
Other       $25
Total Expenses per Cow $585
Return to Land, Labor, and Capital $133

It is likely that the two most variable factors impacting cow-calf profitability are calf prices and hay / winter feed costs. So, table 2 shows estimated returns to this same fall calving cow-calf operation given a range of winter feed costs and calf prices. Note that the center of the table, which represents a steer / heifer average price of $1.45 and hay costs of $225 per cow perfectly matches the detailed budget shown in table 1. From there, calf prices are increased and decreased by $0.10 and $0.20 per lb.

Winter feed costs are increased and decreased by $50 per cow in table 2. This is done to capture a wider range of hay costs, winter feeding days, or other nutritional approaches employed by the cow-calf operator. For example, at 2.5 tons per cow through the winter, a $50 increase in winter feed cost would value hay $20 higher per ton and a $50 decrease in winter feed costs would value hay at $20 less per ton. Producers should consider where their operation likely lies on table 2 to better estimate their likely profit levels in this environment. Both tables 1 and 2 should help producers understand current returns to a fall calving cow-calf operation.

Table 2: Estimated Returns to Fall Calving Cow-Calf Operation given Winter Feed Costs and Calf Prices: Spring 2018
  Avg. Steer/Heifer Price, 550 lbs
Winter Feed Costs $1.25 $1.35 $1.45 $1.55 $1.65
$175 $84 $133 $183 $232 $282
$225 $34 $83 $133 $182 $232
$275 -$16 $33 $83 $132 $182
Note: Returns above are returns to land, labor, and capital based on the same assumptions used in Table 1.

Much like last year, it appears that fall-calving herds are likely covering their cash costs and breeding stock depreciation. However, each operator should also consider what return they need to adequately compensate them for their investment in land, capital (including depreciation), labor, and management. For example, if a producer felt that they needed a minimum of $140 return to compensate them for their time and investment as was previously discussed, our initial estimates in table 1 suggest that we are not reaching that level. Once enough producers start to feel this way, we will start to see herd liquidation in response to unsustainable profit levels over time. In the meantime, cow-calf operations should work to better understand their cost structure and what calf prices are needed to reach their profit goals. This will help them determine their best strategy as they make long-term decisions about their cowherds.

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