VIDEO: Cow strangles lion to death in Meru – The Standard

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A bizarre incident has left residents of Lucuiti in Igembe North stunned after a lion was reportedly killed by a cow, when the carnivore attacked it at a cowshed

In a phone interview, police confirmed that the lion did not die out of a gunshot or any cuts but was strangled by a rope from the cow

A bizarre incident has left residents of Lucuiti in Igembe North stunned after a lion was reportedly killed by a cow, when the carnivore attacked it at a cowshed.

In a phone interview, police confirmed that the lion did not die out of a gunshot or any cuts but was strangled by a rope from the cow.

“It is a bizarre incident which we are still pursuing. The reports from the members of the public indicate that the lion died out of strangulation after the cow it had attacked and which was tethered by a rope strangely fixed on the lion,”

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“The officers visited the scene and confirmed that indeed not gunshot of cut wounds were on the lion. However we are still investigating the incident, the lion carcass has been taken by the officers from KWS,” said a senior police officer attached at Kabache police post.

Stanley Mwenda a resident said the marauding cat had been terrorizing residents for close to two weeks and calls to have the Kenya Wildlife Services personnel capture the lion which has strayed from the Meru National Park were futile.

“We reported the matter the KWS but they had a challenge tracing the lioness during the day. Residents have been having ten days of scare but at least it over now before physical damage to human life but the collective psychological damage was tremendous on the community,” said Mwenda.

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“The beast died at the cowshed when her gambit to ill the cow failed. Fortunate enough the beast was strangled by the cow’s rope while attacking it,” he added.
The lion had killed goats, Sheep and cows at Amwathi ward.

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The coddling of the Canadian cow farmer – The Economist

DONALD TRUMP is cheesed off. Canada will be left out of a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), he said, unless it does something about its “tremendous trade barriers”, including an eye-catching tariff of “almost 300%” on dairy. Why would a country that embraces free trade erect protectionist walls around this sector?

Canada once had free trade in dairy products, but the market was plagued by boom-and-bust cycles, in which processing firms named their prices and small-scale farmers bore all the risk. Provinces argued about flooding each other’s markets with milk. The milky white flag of peace flew in 1972 when Canada instituted a “supply-management” system, which set prices for dairy products, and later poultry and eggs. Farmers were allocated quotas. Imports were strictly controlled, with high tariffs on imports over a set amount. Government subsidies were modest; consumers paid for the system through extortionate prices.

Supply management was not unusual when it was created. But countries such as Australia, South Korea and Britain have dismantled similar systems, and Uncle Sam has pressed Canada to follow suit. Canada protests that the United States has a surplus in bilateral dairy trade (about $418m in 2017) and that it subsidises its farmers. But the real reason the ruling Liberal government does not want to act is that eliminating the system would be politically sensitive and require the approval of the provinces. Of the 10,951 dairy farms that sold milk last year, 5,368 were in Quebec, where all political parties support supply management. Farmers would demand huge handouts if it ended. Many would go bankrupt without their dairy quotas, now worth some C$32bn ($24bn).

That might be a price worth paying. A recent poll by the Angus Reid Institute found that without compensating farmers, Canadians support “standing firm” on the system by a 45%-31% margin—even if it means losing NAFTA. With compensation, they would prefer to strike a deal. Support for keeping it is strongest in Quebec and lowest in western provinces, where non-dairy farmers do not have the same protection. Still, the political timing is tricky. The next general election is due in 2019 and the Liberals do not want to alienate Quebec, which accounts for 23% of seats in the House of Commons.

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31st Annual UT Beef Day & Tailgating Treasures – GlobeNewswire (press release)

Murfreesboro, Sept. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —
The 31st Annual UT Beef Day will take place on September 8th when the Vols take on Eastern Tennessee State University. The celebration will include a radio interview with Jennifer Houston, the 2019 incoming President of National Cattlmen’s Beef Association from Sweetwater, Tenn. during the “Kick-Off Call In Show”, free sirloin beef samples from Texas Roadhouse before the game, and a giveaway for a $100 gift card to Food City and Texas Roadhouse on the Tennessee Beef Council Facebook page.

“The much-anticipated Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner ‘SweepSteaks’ will kick off on September 9th at Food City stores. Fans who purchase fresh beef from participating Food City stores and use their Food City ValuCard will automatically be registered to win tickets to the Tennessee – Alabama game. So, buy beef and buy it often to increase your chances to win tickets to the big game!”, says Valerie Bass, Executive Director of the Tennessee Beef Industry Council. “Our state beef council is proud to be part of a new initiative with the Athletics Department and the UT Medical Center Pat Summitt Clinic. It’s a disease that hits home for us as Coach Summitt’s father, Richard Head, was a cattle producer and rancher in Cheatham County.  I believe it’s important that we all do our part in this fight”.

As football season kicks off, fans are ready to prepare tailgating favorites and find new crowd-pleasing recipes like sliders, chili, and quesadillas. You can score big points with your crew by beefing up the menu with new tailgate treasures like Nacho Beef Dip, Buffalo-Style Beef Bites or Maple Bacon Beer Burgers from BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.  

“Beef supplies 10 essential vitamins and minerals, including protein, zinc, iron, and B vitamins. But the best part is it tastes great!”, says Registered Dietitian, Karman Meyer with the Tennessee Beef Industry Council.

If you’ll be attending the UT vs. ETSU game on September 9th, be sure to stop by the Tennessee Beef Industry Council booth on your way in to Neyland Stadium to play for great beef prizes and see the friendly folks at Texas Roadhouse for a sirloin steak sample. Happy tailgating season to all! 

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Dead cows found in paddock with udders, ears and tongues removed – ABC News

A north Queensland couple has been left baffled by a bizarre finding on their property, which seems like something straight from a horror film.

Graziers Mick and Judy Cook were working on their property in Cloverly, north-west of Mackay, when Mr Cook noticed a dead cow carcass which appeared to have had its body mutilated, with its entire udder, ears and tongue removed.

Warning: This story contains images and content that some readers may find disturbing.

“It was like it had been surgically removed, I certainly couldn’t do as neat a job with a very sharp knife, and it definitely wasn’t an animal,” Mr Cook said.

“I thought at first it might have been poisoned, but then I got closer … I saw the body parts missing, there was no blood, even where the parts had been removed, no sign of struggle, just dead.

“There was just no reason or rhyme for it to be done the way it was done, people don’t use those parts, it’s just not something you would wish on your worst enemy.”

On the same trip, Mr Cook said he travelled down a little further on his property, about an hour’s drive from his house on rough terrain, when he found another dead cow.

The second one looked like it had been there for some time.

“By that point we are probably two hours from your nearest neighbour, it’s very mountainous country … there’s no way anyone can get there unless they come straight past our house.

“When I got down there I noticed another carcass, this one was a bit more deteriorated, looked like it had been rotting there for a bit.

“We don’t know how it happened, but we got onto the neighbours just to let them know.”

Local veterinarian David Lemmon said in his 40 years working in the industry, often with livestock, he had never heard of or seen anything like it.

“I deal with everything, you know — all creatures great and small. And I can’t think of any explanation for it, that’s not normal human behaviour is it? That’s something quite bizarre and ill, I would say the person that has done that is not mentally stable.

“We’re talking eyes, we’re talking ears, we’re talking udders. No, I’ve never heard of anything like that ever, that’s something or someone very ill who’s done that.”

In a statement, Queensland Police said it had not been notified about the cow mutilations, however, Mr and Mrs Cook said they had attempted to contact local police unsuccessfully.

Not the first sighting

According to Mr Cook, he and his wife came across two dead cows with their udders removed around the same area about ten years prior.

“I didn’t think much about it at the time, we didn’t really say anything about it,” he said.

“We just thought it was a bit strange, let it go and put it to the back of our minds.

“But when we saw it again just recently we decided to tell someone, we came back later and my daughter tried to do some research, she found a YouTube link to other similar stories.

“They basically said other people around the world have been finding similar cases since ’75 and starting in Yankeeland, it’s even left police confused.”

Cases of cow mutilation and murders have been reported around the world for over four decades, with carcasses found, sometimes one or two, sometimes dozens, with body parts such as ears, lips, eyes, noses, anuses and genitalia removed with “surgical precision”.

Speculation surrounding who — or what — might be responsible for the killings and mutilations ranged from satanic worshipers and government agents to aliens.

In the mid 70s the American FBI launched an investigation into the widespread cow deaths, however, were unable to offer a conclusion stating that their investigation was hindered by a lack of jurisdiction.

While no solution has been confirmed to date, some scientists have also attempted to justify the findings, stating they could simply be ordinary decomposition or even carrion animals.

Animals such as vultures, Tasmanian devils and coyotes often eat soft tissue body parts first which could explain why parts of the mouth, tongue, anus and eyes are often the parts found missing on the cows.

Scientists have also explained that when an animal dies, blood will naturally begin to clot and coagulate, creating the appearance that it had disappeared.

They weren’t, however, able to offer an explanation for the mass number of cow deaths over the years — for now it remains a mystery.

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Cow and calf elk found dead from multiple gunshot wounds north of Flagstaff – Arizona Daily Sun

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Two elk were poached between the night of Friday, August 30 and the morning of Saturday, September 1, according to Arizona Game and Fish. Both animals, a calf elk and a cow elk were found north of Highway 89 in Flagstaff. Each had been shot multiple …

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Evaluating the 5-Year-Old Seedstock Cow: Is She Pulling Her Weight? – Drovers Magazine

Weaning is a good time for herd evaluation. How did the cows do this year? Did each individual cow bring home a good calf? In the seedstock business, the bar is higher than in a commercial herd. Registered breeders need more from their cows than just an acceptable calf. They need calves that will become highly marketable bulls as well as heifers that can enter the herd as replacements and contribute positively to the next round of superior genetics.

Registered cows that fail to produce marketable bull progeny and/or herd-worthy replacement heifers don’t have a place in a seedstock herd. They may be acceptable as commercial females, but in a registered herd, they simply occupy space and use up resources that could be beneficially directed elsewhere.

Practical Application. Consider a 5-year-old seedstock cow that has just weaned her fourth calf. She’s bred back every year, which is one positive attribute. However, by age 5, she should have done more than that for her owner. With four calves to her name, she should have profitably contributed to the herd by producing at least one (better yet, two or three) marketable sale bulls and/or replacement heifers. Cows that fail to meet that goal by the time they’ve produced four calves might as well be removed from the seedstock herd and replaced.

Production costs are higher in the seedstock business compared to commercial operations, particularly in the areas of breeding, marketing and labor related to data collection/submission. Thus, any 5-year-old cow that has produced only feeder-quality steers and heifers is not pulling her weight.

For illustration, consider the three example cows shown in the table below. Each cow is evaluated relative to her contribution to the seedstock herd. Cow 1 has done an excellent job, producing two replacement-quality heifers and one marketable bull out of her first four calves. That’s three out of four, which is a good batting average. Cow 2 also performed well and has one breeding-quality bull and one replacement heifer to her credit in four calves. She’s made two solid contributions to both the short and longer-term profitability of the registered herd.

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Cow 3, on the other hand, has failed to make even one positive contribution. She is essentially a commercial cow that in four tries was unable to produce a calf that was a “breeder” not a “feeder.” This cow might be reproductively sound for another four calves, but her ability to contribute financially to a seedstock herd is seriously in doubt. There’s nothing particularly useful about this cow to a registered operation.

Conclusion. Seedstock breeders, from one to the next, may evaluate their own cows differently from the example provided in this article. Some might be more strict and decide that by age 4, a cow needs to have produced at least one salable bull progeny or one replacement heifer. That, of course, is up to the individual breeder. The important point is that every registered cow needs to contribute to the seedstock enterprise with progeny that themselves pass muster as breeding animals. A cow that can’t do that in three or four tries has no real place in a registered herd.

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Techniques for Reducing Sugar Content in Dairy Products Show Promise – www.thecattlesite.com

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Techniques for Reducing Sugar Content in Dairy Products Show Promise

03 September 2018

US – Dairy foods are popular among consumers, and sales gross more than $125 billion per year (IDFA, 2017). With dairy product popularity comes new demands from consumers for healthier, low-calorie products that taste the same as their higher calorie counterparts.

In a report published in the Journal of Dairy Science, researchers review the options available to the dairy industry to reduce sugar in products such as ice cream, yogurt, and flavored milk without sacrificing flavor.

The public health and consumer focus on health has increased in the past 20 years, leading to a significant push for healthier food choices including dairy products. Overconsumption of sugar, for example, can contribute to a host of issues such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and dental cavities.

“Dairy foods represent a large market,” explained lead investigator MaryAnne Drake, PhD, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences, Southeast Dairy Foods Research Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA.

“The dilemma of how to reduce sugar content without sacrificing flavor and negatively affecting product sales is challenging, as sugar plays an important role in dairy foods, not only in flavor, but also in texture, color, and viscosity. Replacing sugar can have negative effects, making substitution inherently difficult.”

Dairy products like ice cream, yogurt, and flavored milk are potentially high in unwanted added sugar. Some of the standard processes for developing healthier food products, such as fat, sugar, and salt reduction, result in an unacceptable flavor. Sweet taste perception can also be affected by texture of the food matrix and the presence of fat.

Other sugar reduction techniques include hydrolysis of lactose, ultrafiltration, and direct reduction. In this review, researchers review recent studies to assess the role of sugar, alternative sweeteners, and sugar reduction in ice cream, yogurt, and flavored milk and discuss the options available to the dairy industry.

Ice cream

Ice cream is one of the most heavily consumed dairy products in the world. To achieve the sweet taste desired by consumers, between 10 to 14 per cent sugar needs to be added. Studies have shown that reduced sugar and reduced fat products, such as ice cream, show a higher propensity for a bitter aftertaste and a lower intensity of creaminess. Among the promising options the researchers found were:

  • Calorie-reduced ice creams sweetened with sorbitol and sucralose were most accepted compared with other “light” vanilla ice creams or ice cream with a minimum reduction of 25 per cent of the total energy, sugar, or lipid.
  • Erythritol and lactitol are sugar alcohols that have been used to create low-calorie ice cream. Erythritol is more commonly used for sugar reduction in ice cream because it provides volume and texture and is only a fraction of sucrose calories.
  • Chocolate-flavored ice creams are typically formulated with higher sugar content to decrease the bitterness associated with cocoa. When the sugar is reduced, not only does the ice cream taste more bitter, but it also tastes less chocolatey. In one study, researchers proposed a solution by marketing sugar-reduced chocolate ice cream to dark chocolate lovers, who already desire and tolerate substantially higher levels of bitterness.
  • Frozen yogurt is often viewed as a healthy alternative to ice cream because of its lower fat content and the presence of lactic acid bacteria, even when frozen, but the sugar content is typically the same as regular ice cream. A study of frozen yogurt determined that substituting inulin and isomalt for sugar and fat led to a similar sweetness and a reduction in fat with no added sugar.

Yogurt

Yogurt is generally recognized as a healthy food because of its nutritional content, but it is usually sweetened with sugar to increase palatability. Several studies have reported that liking yogurt is influenced by texture, aroma, and taste and that sweetness is an important component.

  • Several studies found that sweetener blends of nonnutritive sweeteners have been very successful in reducing sugar content of yogurt.
  • One study reported that it was possible to produce a probiotic yogurt successfully using sweeteners without affecting the viability of the probiotic microorganisms. The addition of nonnutritive sweeteners did not negatively affect the yogurt-making process because the sweeteners did not break down over time.

Flavored milk

Flavored milk is popular among children and adults because of its special taste and ability to meet the dietary requirements for dairy foods in the United States. Studies have shown that flavored milk increases milk consumption. Chocolate milk, the most popular flavor, typically has higher sugar content and is therefore a frequent target for sugar reduction techniques. However, reducing sugar in chocolate milk is quite costly and many school directors choose the higher sugar alternative to reduce cost or choose to eliminate chocolate milk entirely. There have been several studies into alternative ways of reducing sugar calories in chocolate milk with some contradictory results.

  • One study showed that withdrawing a chocolate milk option meant that three or four additional foods needed to be added into the diet to replace the nutrients from milk, adding additional calories and cost. Therefore, sugar-reduced chocolate milk should be considered the cheaper alternative.
  • In another study parents preferred natural nonnutritive sweeteners over nutritive sweeteners as the sweetener source in chocolate milk.
  • Some studies found that added sugar could be directly reduced in chocolate milk and still be accepted by children and adults if it did not exceed 30 per cent.

Overall, the most successful techniques for sugar reduction in dairy foods involve replacing sugar with nonnutritive sweeteners, whether natural or artificial, because these provide the sweet taste desired by consumers without added calories. Direct reduction of sugar and lactose hydrolysis methods also show promise.

“Understanding current sugar-reduction techniques, research, and consumer response to sugar reduction in dairy products is important for dairy manufacturers in order to design and produce sugar-reduced products,” noted Dr Drake. “Sugar reduction is an inherently difficult task due to the many functions of sugar in food products, but progress is being made in developing products acceptable to consumers.”

“Reducing sugar is everyone’s responsibility in order to improve individual and public health and this review paper is timely to highlight options available to dairy industry,” commented Siva Kaliappan, Vice President Product Research, National Dairy Council, Rosemont, IL, USA.

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Investigation Launched After 'Gruesome' Cow Skinning Video Appears Online – Plant Based News

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A dispute was sparked over whether the cow was dead or alive

‍Ontario police have said that an investigation has been launched in response to a cow skinning video that circulated online – but that animal cruelty is not suspected.

The video reportedly appears to have been shot in rural Ontario – and it sparked debate over whether the animal shown was alive or dead at the time of skinning.

While the police maintain that the cow was dead when the video was shot – Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture will also investigate what its described as a ‘disgusting and gruesome’ video.

Police will be investigation to ensure the slaughter met the standards of Canada’s Food Safety and Quality Act

Slaughter

Sargent Paul Davies of the Halton Regional Police told Global News that the video was shot around the time of Eid – a Muslim holiday which often involves ritualistic animal slaughter.

He added that the primary purpose of the investigation is to determine whether the cow’s death fell in line with the country’s Food Safety and Quality Act.

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Robots in Idaho dairy farms help facilitate cow milking | East Idaho … – East Idaho News

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WENDELL — In the Treasure Valley, artificial intelligence is changing the way we get around, how we research, and even how we shop for cartons of milk.

But even a carton of milk from a rural farm in Idaho may have been produced with the help of robots too.

“We haven’t milked by hand for decades,” said Rick Naerebout, CEO of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. “We’ve moved beyond that a few decades ago.”

In the last few years, more and more Idaho dairies have begun implementing robots in their milking facilities.

“The brushes are going up and their scrubbing, each, uh, side of the utter, cleaning the cow, stimulating her, helping to let her milk down,” said Jerimy Craig, owner of Box Canyon Dairy. “There’s another employee there that is towel drying them off. Getting them prepared to put the machine on.”

And one thing’s for sure: milking is not what it used to be. The suction tubes that connect to the cow’s udders are designed to pulsate in a way that feels to them like real hands, avoiding pain or harm to cows with healthy udders.

But there are clear incentives for the investment. For one, efficiency. And two, it replaces jobs.

“We cut our employee numbers in half,” said Craig. “So, that alone, was, is huge.”

And robots are not the only technology being utilized on Idaho dairy farms.

“Every animal has an RFID chip in her. So when they enter the facility, we know what stall she’s in, what time she was milked, and it’s recording the amount of flow she gives each day. So we have the amount of milk she’s producing every day,” said Craig.

In turn, producing a “sink-or-swim” environment among competing farms.

“No longer can you really succeed by just being a good cow-person. You have to be a great business manager, a great HR person, and really have a whole suite of specialties that we didn’t have to have in the past,” said Naerebout.

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