MU Extension project helps 93-year-old farmer – Houston Herald

Farmers like 93-year-old Harry Keutzer don’t quit just because their body parts slow down.

His hens, cows and pets depend on him. So do customers at the Kansas City-area farmers markets where he sells produce, eggs and hand-loomed rugs.

The Missouri AgrAbility Project, through University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, provides aging farmers with information, referrals and a variety of resources to keep working.

Lincoln University Extension farm and AgrAbility outreach worker Susan Jaster carried out an assessment of accessibility at Keutzer’s Lafayette County farm and made recommendations on how to make the home safer and more accessible.

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Harry Keutzer

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MU Extension state health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch said AgrAbility helps farmers with disabilities caused by age, injury or illness to keep farming. The program provides research-based information and appropriate referrals to other agencies as needed.

America’s farm population has been aging rapidly over the last 30 years. According to the USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, released in 2014, the average age of U.S. farmers is 58.3 years. There are now more farmers over 75 than between the ages of 35 and 44, Funkenbusch said.

Keutzer and his daughter-in-law, Stacy, grew 3,000 tomato plants in a high tunnel last year. They also planted a three-acre garden and put in a large plot of potatoes on a neighbor’s garden spot. Stacy picks all of the produce and Harry sorts it. Both wash and pack it.

Mobility is a challenge. When it rains, Keutzer has to stay inside and can’t work. But Keutzer’s energy level and stamina during the three-hour farm assessment surprised Jaster.

“He has the energy and deserves to be able to carry on his active life,” she said.

AgrAbility recommended a different type of scooter to reduce fatigue and help him maneuver around the farm over muddy and rough ground. The program also recommended a hydraulic lift to move pallets from the ground to make it easier to load produce onto the enclosed truck the Keutzers take to farmers markets.

Harry’s weathered hands are rarely idle and his mind remains active with farmer ingenuity. He finds it increasingly difficult to plant, so he and his son, Virgil, built a transplanter for their small tractor. It plants and waters the plant plug and lays weed-barrier plastic.

He uses his scooter to check on 100 chickens and takes buckets of water to livestock. He milks a three-teated cow that provides milk for two calves and a gallon a day for milk, butter, homemade ice cream and tapioca for the Keutzers.

He still enjoys cutting wood. He makes wine and helps his daughter-in-law cut fabric strips to make into loomed rugs. In October, he assisted a calving cow with a difficult birth.

Keutzer grew up working with his brothers on his father’s 500-acre farm at Creighton, Mo. He was so small when he started milking cows that his father had a special milking stool made for him.

He went to a country school until eighth grade. He said boys carried .22-caliber single-shot rifles to school, shooting rabbits and squirrels along the way to feed their families. And all boys had a two-bladed pocketknife, he says, to skin wild game and play “mumblepeg” at recess.

After school each day, he listened to 15 minutes of the Tom Mix cowboy show on the radio before starting chores. The radio wasn’t turned on again until 9:30 p.m., when the family listened to “Amos ’n’ Andy” and the news.

He farmed with a team of horses before buying his first tractor, a Farmall F-20. In 1942, Harry bought his second tractor, an Allis-Chalmers WC, at auction for $870.

He and other farmers anxiously awaited electrification through REA. On Jan. 7, 1945, he and his wife, Johnnie, celebrated her birthday in nearby Clinton. They returned home to a house lit with electricity, and their new Montgomery Ward refrigerator was plugged in and running.

He, his wife and a hired hand traveled the area baling hay from spring to fall. His wife drove the tractor as he put the 8 ½-foot wires into the baler. The hired hand tied the bales. It was hard work, but Keutzer and his wife made enough money to buy a new Kaiser automobile with cash.

In 1952, the Keutzers moved to southern Minnesota, where his uncles lived. He rented 320 acres on shares and was one of the first to plant soybean. Corn was selling for $1.25 a bushel under a government price-protection system.

Times were different then, Harry recalls. Farm implement dealers and oil companies helped young farmers get started by extending credit until crops were sold. He bought a four-row cultivator, planter, disk, a new corn picker and two new tractors – a John Deere 720 diesel and an IH Farmall 400 – on credit.

He and Johnnie also opened their home to 50 foster children during their time in Minnesota. The dinner table was often set for more than 20. He taught the children the value of rural life, hard work and being self-sufficient.

In 1959, his father quit farming and he returned to Missouri. Harry rented the farm next to his father’s and had 1,000 acres of South Grand River bottomland.

They farmed the home place until 1972, when Truman Reservoir took much of their land. They sold out and returned to Minnesota to a 45-head dairy farm.

His son met Stacy and married. She wasn’t a farm girl but quickly learned how to care for 45 bucket calves. They farmed there until Harry’s wife died, then moved to Iowa. He worked until he was 81 as a night watchman for Spee-Dee Delivery Services before moving to Napoleon.

Keutzer’s farming practices and lifestyle evolved as times and technology changed. He keeps current with technology by following farm auctions and news online.

Just as he learned to incorporate new farming methods throughout his life, he has learned to adjust as a farming nonagenarian.

AgrAbility gives him the resources to continue doing what he loves to do-provide food to feed America.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an agency of USDA, administers the AgrAbility Project.

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Brighten up your home – Waterbury Republican American

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CHICAGO TRIBUNENo need to break out the crayons. Beat the winter grays with bright stuff for your home. Here are some products to get you started.

1. Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders’ cheeky designs make clashing colors harmonious. His Herringbone carpet for The Rug Company is a case in point. $129 per square foot at The Rug Company, Chicago.

2. Primary colors and simple organic shapes mark the chairs from the Swedish design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune for Tacchini. The Kelly E Chair is $2,300, at Orange Skin, Chicago.

3. The Lindona Necklace from Songa Designs, an eco-friendly accessories line made by women in Rwanda as a way to establish their economic independence. Each handmade piece is made of repurposed natural materials such as banana leaf fiber, sisal plant, and cow horn. $48 at songadesigns. com.

4. Improve your mood by upholstering Vitra’s Mariposa sofa in a bold hue. Pick from dozens of colors including poppy red, grass green, magenta and lemon, pictured. $7,520 at hivemodern.com.

5. Four shades in different hues give the Tam Tam suspension lamp by Design Fabien Dumas a colorful personality. $1,093 at hivemodern.com.

6. Give time the attention it deserves with a clock that steals the proverbial show. Normann Copenhagen’s Watch Me Wall Clock is $50 at normann-copenhagen.com

7. Studio Job’s paper lamp for Moooi is inspired by classic lamps but draws on a crafty material. $1,703.00 at moooi.com.

8. Warm up any seat in the room with Maharam’s Millerstripe Pillow with fabric designed by famed 20th-century industrial designer Alexander Girard. The 17-inch pillow is 92 percent wool and 8 percent nylon and sports a cotton insert with a duck feather fill. $175 at maharam.com.

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Trump Criticizes Green New Deal FAQ for Farting Cow Reference – AgWeb

A proposal in Congress that seeks to limit greenhouse gas drew the ire of President Donald Trump during a recent rally for his 2020 campaign.

At Trump’s rally held on Feb. 11 in El Paso, Texas, he talked about the need for bipartisan cooperation between Republicans and Democrats. It was at this point he mentioned what he calls a “radical resistance, it’s the radical left” who are opposed to some of Trump’s platforms, such as building a border wall.

Trump went onto address the Green New Deal that was proposed on Feb. 7 by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

“I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane flights, of ‘Let’s hop a train to California,’ of you’re not allowed to own cows anymore,” Trump says.

The changes proposed by the Green New Deal would cause “a lot of problems,” Trump adds.

The mention of not being able to “own cows anymore” by Trump is a reference to a FAQ sheet released by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez before the Green New Deal announcement. 

The FAQ sheet says, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.”

Following pushback from the media, fellow politicians and farmers, Ocasio-Cortez has distanced herself from the FAQ sheet, saying that doctored versions and drafts made it into the press. However, the version that NPR shared was not doctored and came from Ocasio-Cortez’s office.

“It’s literally—clearly—irony,” Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent, told a reporter during a phone interview. 

Ocasio-Cortez has since removed the Green New Deal fact sheet from her website and encouraged people to look to the contents of the submitted resolution, H.Res. 109.

Despite the controversy over “farting cows” the Green New Deal proposal aims to work with farmers and ranchers. The collaborative effort has a goal “to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible.”

The Green New Deal could soon be up for vote, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offering to let it come forward in the Senate.

“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate,” McConnell says. “I’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”

It is unlikely that the nonbinding resolution would pass in the Senate, with Republicans holding the majority, which has some Democrats viewing McConnell’s move for a vote as a political tactic. The Green New Deal has 67 cosponsors in the House and 11 cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Democrats.

Nevertheless, moving into the 2020 campaign there will likely continue to be talk of “farting cows” and taking away cattle as long as the Green New Deal is still on the table.

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Republic man charged with stealing after missing cattle found re-branded on property – Springfield News-Leader

A Republic man’s missing cattle have finally been found — in his neighbor’s corral. 

Joseph William Tummons, 40, is charged with stealing after deputies say he re-tagged and re-branded six head of cattle that belonged to another man.

The alleged victim had six cattle that had been missing since Dec. 31, 2018. On Jan. 18, he told law enforcement that he had finally located them on Tummons’ property. Tummons rents land from the alleged victim, according to court documents.

The victim told a law enforcement official that he had 80 head of weaned calves on a 50-acre pasture about 40 days prior to Jan. 19, according to court documents.

One day, he found a hole in his fence. After repairing it, he counted his cattle and they were all there. Later that week, he found another hole in his fence that hadn’t been there. When he counted his cattle again, six were missing.

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The man fixed the hole in the fence and then ran his siren to call his cattle, according to court documents. He couldn’t find them.

The victim has two neighbors, including Tummons, and both said they hadn’t seen the calves.

“(The victim) said again he checked every group of cattle in the area where his cattle could have gotten in with, but they weren’t there,” court records stated.

On Jan. 14, the victim sold all of his calves — 74 in total, with six still missing, according to court documents. The victim said he brands his calves with his registered brand on the right hip and puts ear tags on the calves — steers get tagged on the right ear and heifers on the left.

While out feeding his cattle on Jan. 18, the victim said he knew of other pastures Tummons’ rented. The victim drove past 8247 West Farm Road 94 and saw six head of cattle standing behind a corral. They looked just like the ones that he was missing, court documents stated.

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“(The victim) said he hit the siren on his truck and the 6 calves came running up to the fence like all of his calves do when he calls them,” court documents stated.

The victim saw that the ear tags had been removed and replaced with blue numeric ones in the left ear. The cattle had also been freshly branded on the upper right hip, which is the same location he places his brands, according to court documents.

He couldn’t get close enough to locate his brand, so he called 911. Law enforcement officials contacted Tummons and he agreed to let them inspect the cattle inside the pen. A deputy, who is in the cattle business, said the brands looked three to four weeks old and smeared, court documents stated. There were four heifers and two steers. Both steers had holes in their right ears, which was consistent with an ear tag being removed.

“(The victim) said he thought it was odd Tummons didn’t want him there when he got the cattle up to be looked at,” according to court documents.

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The victim returned a couple of hours later to find no one else but the cattle in a corral. He could clearly see the bottom part of his brand that was underneath Tummons’ brand.

On Jan. 19, law enforcement officials used clippers to shave the calves’ winter hair and revealed the victim’s and Tummons’ brands. Both brands are registered through the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

“Tummons’ brand is registered to be placed on the left hip and (the victim’s) brand is registered to be placed on the right hip,” court documents stated. “After shaving the calves’ winter hair, four of the calves clearly revealed (the victim’s) registered brand on their right hips.”

The four calves were seized and released to the victim.

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On. Jan. 20, Tummons admitted during a post Miranda interview that he had moved the other two calves after the initial search two days prior from the property on West Farm Road 94 to pasture he rents near the Springfield-Branson National Airport, according to court documents.

“The two calves were inspected in the same manner as the other four, and (the victim’s) brand was clearly visible on the right hip after shaving the winter hair,” court documents stated.

The two calves were released to the victim.

During that same interview on Jan. 20, Tummons admitted that he placed his brand on on these calves on Jan. 4. Tummons was arrested Jan. 21 and booked into Greene County Jail. His bond was set at $5,000. According to court records, he is not to possess any livestock.

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No bull: Escaped cow runs through the streets, snarls traffic in Bible Hill – CBC.ca

Police chased an escaped cow for almost an hour through the streets of Valley and Bible Hill, N.S., on Thursday.

The cow's temporary freedom posed a risk to pedestrians and drivers.

The cow ran down streets, through backyards and into wooded areas. Traffic was controlled and two schools delayed dismissal while the cow was pursued, RCMP said in a release.  

"We're certainly not farm animal experts by any means," said RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke "Just managed to make sure that no one got hurt or you know no accidents or anything like that while the cow was loose."

The cow was eventually wrangled by workers after it wandered onto a frozen section of the Salmon River.

It was returned to its enclosure in Salmon River. It left some minor property damage in its wake.

No one, including the cow, was injured, police said.

While it's not uncommon that farm animals escape in the province, Clarke said escapees become police matters if they become traffic hazards.

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The USDA says pink slime is ground beef – Quartz

Everybody seems to be trying to make a comeback these days, deserved or not. Even “pink slime.”

The term became a dirty word back in 2012 after ABC News ran a segment on beef slaughterhouses, coining the term and setting off a public debate about what’s going into the meat products that we eat in the US. Beef Products Inc., a company that makes pink slime, sued the television network for defamation after its sales plummeted, and two entities settled for a reported $177 million in 2017.

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Now the US Department of Agriculture this week reclassified the product, saying it can officially be called “ground beef.”

The term “pink slime” is actually a derogatory one for all the little cuttings and “trim” that appear when cattle carcasses are being sliced up into steaks. At the end of that process, a slaughterhouse essentially packs up all those trimmings and ships them off to be processed into ground beef. Ground beef has a limit to the amount of fat it can contain—no more than 30%—and to control that, processing facilities run those trimmings through a special system.

First the trimmings are heated to about 100° F (37.7° C). Then they are put through a centrifuge to separate the fat tissue from the muscle tissue. The muscle tissue is sterilized with ammonia (which is commonly used in food production and safe in small amounts) and the resulting product is called “lean finely textured beef,” or pink slime. Or… err… “ground beef.”

Whatever you want to call it, it’s making a comeback under a nicer name than pink slime. And if it can make a comeback, who can’t?

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It is a strange way of treating divine cow – Free Press Journal

One hopes not, but it could be the shape of things to come. The redeeming feature is that Muslims are not alone in objecting to the Madhya Pradesh government invoking the National Security Act to book three men for cow slaughter. Several Hindus, apparently even including a Bharatiya Janata Party member, feel the action was inappropriate. Otherwise, there might have been some danger of the absurdity of 172 million Muslims pitted against 1.2 billion Hindus over 191 million cattle.

That sounds as farcical as a Congress government under the pragmatic and secular Kamal Nath seemingly taking a stand that would have been more suitable for his BJP predecessor, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, or the same party’s chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath. Mr Nath has tried to make amends since then, declaring after a high-level meeting on the Cow Shelter Bill that his government would “not spare anybody involved in mob lynching or instigating violence in the name of cow protection.” Such a public commitment is necessary in light of several reported incidents of cow vigilantes attacking trucks transporting cattle.

 No matter what their motive, these vigilantes must be put down with a firm hand to save the peace from the peril of communal polarisation. Whether a state government can effectively stave off that danger is a moot point, given the Centre’s bias and its encouragement of the popular mood at the lowest level. The roughs and toughs recruited as cow vigilantes must be drawn from the dregs of society. The purpose of their organized effort is not to protect the sacred cow but to corner and browbeat Muslims.

The names of the three accused — Shakeel, Nadeem and Azam — on whom the NSA has been slapped are a giveaway. They are charged with killing a cow at Khandwa, and, predictably, the state unit of the BJP welcomed the move. But the Bhopal Central MLA, Arif Masood — another telltale name — says that the Khandwa district collector, Vishesh Garhpale (again, the name is revealing), who invoked the NSA, did not give the three accused a chance to explain their side of the story.

In any case, the NSA, which sanctions 12 months’ custody for anyone suspected of endangering national security, is hardly the right measure when a specific law to deal with cow-related offences already exists. The cow may be sacred to Hindus but its treatment compares with the treatment India metes out to children who are said to be the beloved offspring of Bharat Mata.

It was not for nothing that the Supreme Court recently admonished the Bihar government for providing incomplete details about the status of children’s shelter homes in the state and ordered the transfer of the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case from Patna to Delhi. The scandal involves more than 30 girls, some as young as seven, who were drugged and raped over a prolonged period. Among the accused are the shelter home’s politically-connected owner and his staff. Animals are similarly ill-treated.

In Chhattisgarh, 200 cows reportedly starved to death in August 2017 in a shelter run by a BJP leader. In December that year, 58 cows died in 28 days at a shelter in Madhya Pradesh. Some 500 cows starved to death in 2017at a cattle shelter run by the Rajasthan government when they were trapped in a neck-deep slurry of dung and fodder. The shelter’s 266 contract workers were all on strike at the time. Between January and July 2018, 8,000 cows died of disease and injuries in Rajasthan’s Hingonia gaushala.

Many such reported abuses suggest that while most Hindus may shrink from consuming beef or veal, their veneration for the animal is only another piece of hypocrisy like the myth that Indians are committed to ahimsa. The cattle problem is becoming unmanageable while politicians posture. According to a 2017 report, the number of milk-producing exotic or cross-bred cattle in Uttar Pradesh alone doubled from around 6.5 lakh in 2012-13 to 13.03 lakh in 2016-17.

This includes only cows capable of rearing calves and does not account for old and young cows, or bulls of all ages that would have been counted in the livestock census. With increasing mechanisation of agriculture, bulls are no longer economically productive and so are the first to be abandoned, adding to the more than 5 million stray cattle on the loose.

Even assuming the number of such animals has not increased since 2012, only 1,821 shelters across India are registered with the Animal Welfare Board, although the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations claims an estimated 5,000 exist. Most shelters are poorly run and are often lethal to cattle. The Federation says they are unhygienic, have no access to veterinary care, little government funding, and no trained staff.

With no markets for slaughter, no exports and no shelters, cattle roam free or die slowly from consuming plastic. Goa, which has not banned cow slaughter, launched a Stray Cattle Management Scheme in 2013 under the BJP’s Manohar Parrikar. But by all accounts, the project is desperately short of funds. That also applies to the cattle management guidelines for dairies that Mr Adityanath’s government in UP, as well as six other state governments, issued in November 2017.

People wonder where Mr Adityanath will find the more than Rs 600 crore he has promised for cattle protection and welfare and restoration and building of cattle shelters. For that matter, can the Centre afford the Rs 750 crores Mr Piyush Goyal’s budget promised the Rahstriya Gokul Mission? Several states have imposed cesses and levies to pay for the upkeep of cows.

In October 2014, Rajasthan became the only state to establish a cow ministry but the first and only cow minister, Otaram Devasi, lost in the 2018 election, despite his promise to establish a 220-hectare cattle sanctuary in Bikaner district which would be home to 10,000 cattle and would welcome tourists. Meanwhile, farmers complain it costs Rs 20,000 per bigha to fence land to keep out stray cattle.

As has been widely reported, some farmers lock up unwanted cattle in empty school buildings. It’s a strange way of treating creatures that are supposedly holy and worshipped. While the controversy over invoking the NSA for alleged cow slaughter rages, another suspicion rears its head. It is not ruled out that like Rahul Gandhi’s newly-discovered penchant for temple-hopping, Mr Nath, too, may be trying to steal some of the BJP’s thunder by indulging in a form of soft Hindtuva that might appeal to a certain kind of voter.

His announcement of a “cow cess” on luxury cars to pay for gaushalas in every village could be a politically-inspired genuflection to majority sentiment. That would be the cruellest joke of all.

 Sunanda K Datta-Ray is the author of several books and a regular media columnist.

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Cows Can Swipe Right for Love on This New Dating App – Smithsonian.com

A new dating app, Tudder—a cheeky combo of the words “Tinder” and “udder”—is designed to help farmers find their perfect mate for their cows, Reuters reports. Created by United Kingdom-based company SellMyLivestock (SML), the app can be used to search through local cattle available for breeding to find the right partner for their animal.

The app that promises to be “100 percent Bull, 0 percent Bullshit” has eligible singles from over 42,000 UK farms, The Guardian reports. The app is an extension of the SML website launched in 2014 that’s currently used by a third of UK farmers to list their available livestock.

This isn’t exactly the first time humans applied dating apps to the animal kingdom: Zoos began converting their studbooks to a digital platform in 2018, a female orangutan swiped right her mate on a tablet at a Dutch zoo in 2017 and a wildlife refuge partnered with actual Tinder to raise money to breed the last male white rhino. But, as far as the makers know, this is the first app ever developed to match livestock, Reuters reports.

With its “swipe left, swipe right” system, the app functions almost identically to Tinder; even its logo — a cleanly-stylized pink cow udder on a black background — is reminiscent of Tinder’s iconic flame emblem. Users can choose whether they’re searching for male or female cows, then swipe through profiles that have a picture of each cow along with their breed, age, location and owner name.

Though, like Tinder, the majority of the cows have at least one booty shot in their profile pictures, that’s where the similarities end. Tudder makes sure no bovines have to deal with the sting of rejection; every right swipe is a match. And, unlike Tinder, which often has users wondering if a match is a potential boyfriend or a potential serial killer, Tudder leaves nothing to the imagination.

Once users get a match, they have the option to check out a cow’s full profile on SML where they can view more pictures along with details about health, price and availability. Tudder gets specific with the data, going so far as to provide information about milk yield, protein content and calving potential, Reuters reports, ensuring users have all the information they need before setting up the big date.

“Matching livestock online is even easier than it is to match humans because there’s a huge amount of data that sits behind these wonderful animals that predicts what their offspring will be,” Doug Bairner, CEO of Hectare Agritech which runs SML told Reuters.

The app is very new to the market, so it lacks any app store reviews or personal endorsements from farmers. We’ll likely have to wait about nine months for calves to come along in order to see if Tudder is a true match.

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Keeping Your Body and Wallet Healthy with Dairy – Dairy Herd Management

It’s delicious, it’s nutritious and it’s cheap!

Frequently described as one of “nature’s most perfect foods,” milk and other dairy products are an excellent way to add high-quality nutrition into your diet, no matter what budget you may have.

At just 25 cents per glass, milk is a nutritional bargain. Providing nine essential nutrients to nourish your body, dairy products are an excellent source of protein. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the daily value for protein is 50 grams per day. One serving of milk contains 8 grams of protein. If one were to drink three servings of milk, the recommended serving of dairy, they would consume nearly half of their daily protein. All for only 75 cents!

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Penny for penny, no other food offers as much nutritional return as milk does for America’s families, according to Dairy Management Inc.

The average American household spends about 10 percent of their budget on food — nearly $80 a week for groceries, according to Milk Life. If consumers purchased milk each week, they would spend an estimated $628 annually. This is much lower compared to the $1,222 that would be spent on purchasing almond milk. In comparison, dairy milk would save consumers nearly $600 each year!

Ranking just behind eggs, milk is one of the most economical ways for consumers to receive high-quality protein. Providing 32 grams of protein per dollar, milk out-ranks other popular forms of protein such as chicken, tuna and ground beef, according to Milk Life.

No matter how you serve it, dairy is a great way to keep not only your body healthy but your wallet healthy, too! Need more reasons to keep dairy in your diet? Try reading:

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Things to Consider Before You Buy Cowhide Rugs – Times Square Chronicles

Things to Consider Before You Buy Cowhide Rugs


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There are some products that are available in the market that add charm to the house. Suchof a thing is the cowhide rugs. They add glamour to yourhouse and makes your house look move more attractive than the rest of the options.There are people who have a bad impression about the cowhide. The reason for that is that they had a bad experience with their purchase. If you didn’thave a clear idea of what you are going to buy, then you are sure to have a negative perception of the item.

To buy any items isn’t that easy. The thing is tougher if you don’t have much of an idea of the product. Hence before you buy you need to have a clear idea of what you are going to purchase. Different purchase items have a differentthing to be taken intoconsideration. Even in the same items,you have to judge the different specification that the products have to supply. If not surveyed carefully you may miss out the best one.

If you are thinking to buy a cowhide rugs, you have to have an idea of it. Here are some of the considerations that you need to know to make sure you make a perfect purchase. These factors would greatly helpyou in your purchase.

Color

The color of the cowhide rug is one of the considerationsthat is much recommended. The color is the component that adds up the beauty of a product. If the color is best suited to the eyes,then you are expected to get a lot of appreciation for the crowd. There are a lot of cowhide rugs that are available with a variant of colors.All of them has a different impact on the eyes of the viewers.

The color that the rugs have are natural and hence theireffect look really good to be looked at. They have neutral could without much of the contrast which is soothing to the overall eyes. You can find the color ranging from the black to black or adding more variation to it by choosing white to tan.

To confirm that the color would look good in your hose make sure to compare it with your room. If you wish to make it a floorrug,looki nto a design that would match will the floor as well as stand out from the design of the floor. A dark tan is a nice color to match with any color of the floor. It makes the mat sand out from the rest of them. There are also certain patterns that you can look into in order to make it the best one to be looked at.

  

Origin

If you want to have the high-qualitymaterial, then you should be looking into the hides that are originated from Brazil. The Brazilian cowhide isconsidered to be the best one all across the globe. The way the cows are maintained is really great here. That is the reason that the skin of the cows in thisregion is far better than the rest of the cows available all around the world.

In addition to that,the taming process of the cows also adds to the overall quality of the cowhides that are made. If you want a quality product that you can look at the Brazilian cowhides. However,there are cowhides that are available from Mexico or Argentina which aren’t that bad either, hence you can choose to look at that as well.

 

Thickness

If you set to the market to buy one cowhide rug, make sure that you look intoa cowhide that is thick rather than thin. The thin ones are most likely to wear off pretty soon. The thinner ones may be less expensive than the thicker one but it is better to have a product that is expensive but durable rather than one that is cheap but is sure tonot last long.

The thin cowhide will also be prone to curls more easily than the thicker ones. The edges of the thinner cowhide will start to trip off easily. If you are looking for a material, then look for the best one available. The thin cowhide is cheaply produced adding synthetic material to make it look more attractive. Hence don’t go by the look go for the thickness.

 

The size

The cowhide is available depending on the size. This entirely dependson the personal choice of the user. However, to help you decide better you look up to the room where you plan to set up the rug. If the room where you want to place the cowhide is big whenyou consider for the bigger one. However, the smaller one isalso as catchy as the bigger one.

You also have to look at the place you going to spread the rug. If the rug is going to lie somewhere where a lot of people is going to step in, the bigger one is a better option. However, if you are thinking to use it to place a glass table then the smaller one is not a bad choice either. Rugs under the furnitureis also a good designing skill. This really helps to give an impression of a well-maintainedroom.

Choosing the right cowhide rug is always an important thing. Without that,you are sure to be having a negative thoughtabout the item even if that be not the case. More a bad cowhide rug is a waste of money and nothing else. Always first look for a Brazilian rug because they are the ones that havebeen votedto be the best one in the category of cowhide rugs.

However, these considerations are sure to help you choose the perfect one for the whole lot ofavailable products. Once making the judgment to come to a conclusion make sure that your choice satisfies all the mention points of consideration.

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Trump Criticizes Green New Deal FAQ for Farting Cow Reference – Drovers Magazine

A proposal in Congress that seeks to limit greenhouse gas drew the ire of President Donald Trump during a recent rally for his 2020 campaign.

At Trump’s rally held on Feb. 11 in El Paso, Texas, he talked about the need for bipartisan cooperation between Republicans and Democrats. It was at this point he mentioned what he calls a “radical resistance, it’s the radical left” who are opposed to some of Trump’s platforms, such as building a border wall.

Trump went onto address the Green New Deal that was proposed on Feb. 7 by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

“I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane flights, of ‘Let’s hop a train to California,’ of you’re not allowed to own cows anymore,” Trump says.

The changes proposed by the Green New Deal would cause “a lot of problems,” Trump adds.

The mention of not being able to “own cows anymore” by Trump is a reference to a FAQ sheet released by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez before the Green New Deal announcement. 

The FAQ sheet says, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.”

Following pushback from the media, fellow politicians and farmers, Ocasio-Cortez has distanced herself from the FAQ sheet, saying that doctored versions and drafts made it into the press. However, the version that NPR shared was not doctored and came from Ocasio-Cortez’s office.

“It’s literally—clearly—irony,” Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent, told a reporter during a phone interview. 

Ocasio-Cortez has since removed the Green New Deal fact sheet from her website and encouraged people to look to the contents of the submitted resolution, H.Res. 109.

Despite the controversy over “farting cows” the Green New Deal proposal aims to work with farmers and ranchers. The collaborative effort has a goal “to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible.”

The Green New Deal could soon be up for vote, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offering to let it come forward in the Senate.

“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate,” McConnell says. “I’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”

It is unlikely that the nonbinding resolution would pass in the Senate, with Republicans holding the majority, which has some Democrats viewing McConnell’s move for a vote as a political tactic. The Green New Deal has 67 cosponsors in the House and 11 cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Democrats.

Nevertheless, moving into the 2020 campaign there will likely continue to be talk of “farting cows” and taking away cattle as long as the Green New Deal is still on the table.

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Tinder for cows is online dating for cattle breeders to find their stock's perfect match – ABC News

It is not just humans seeking love on Valentine’s Day; a new matchmaking app is bringing cows together.

United Kingdom farming startup, Hectare Agritech, has created Tudder, a Tinder-style app that helps farmers find breeding matches by viewing pictures of cattle with details of their age, location and owner.

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When users swipe right to show interest or left to reject a possible match, they hear a mooing sound.

Hectare Agritech chief executive, Doug Bairner, said matchmaking through online dating is well-suited for breeding stock — much more so than it can be for humans.

“There’s so much genetic data sitting in the background behind breeding stock.”

Farmers that swipe right on the image of a cow, or group of cows, are then directed to the company’s livestock-buying website.

From there they can contact the owner and make an offer.

“We’ve had over 40,000 searches in the last 24 hours so that equates to one in every three UK farmers putting a search into our app,” Mr Bairner said.

“The app takes it out of the hands of a subjective guess of whether you’re going to get on with somebody and puts it into the realm of genetic science, which can only be good for rearing the right stock and having a successful farm business.

Tudder down under

Mr Bairner said given the app’s popularity the company will keep an eye on downloads in other countries and may launch it outside the UK.

Victorian dairy farmer Adam Jenkins said he would have a crack at the app and sees potential for its use in Australia.

“I think it’s hilarious and something you can have a bit of fun with.

“But also on a serious side, its matching cows across the continent, which would be pretty attractive — sitting down and having a bit of a swipe left or right.”

As for what would make him swipe right?

“I’d have to talk to Brownie and a few of the girls and see what they’re really wanting,” Mr Jenkins said.

“We’d have to look at what their genetics look like and how that fits in with our cross-bred system.”

Mr Jenkins regularly expresses his love for his “girls” with videos on Twitter and Valentine’s Day was cause for a special shout-out.

“As farmers we really care for animals and I just want to show some love and appreciation for the job they do,” he said.

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