Crowd Cow Farm-To-Table Beef Now Featured On Some Impressive Menus – Forbes

Crowd Cow recently scored a major win when Ethan Stowell Restaurants made a major commitment to feature its steaks sourced from local ranchers. 

The Seattle-based, direct-to-consumer meat purveyor has a meaningful mission: “To create an alternative to the current meat commodity system, and to create a meaningful connection between the farmer and the customer, so people can know and appreciate exactly where their food comes from.” 

That approach made a lot of sense to Stowell: “I really appreciate their philosophy of truth and ethics in beef sourcing,” said Stowell, founder and CEO of Ethan Stowell Restaurants.  “They work with an outstanding collection of farmers and their quality is consistently superb and a great value.”

A spot in the starting lineup at the Hit It Here Cafe at T-Mobile Park was the first place Stowell featured this unique product. Stowell has been a consulting chef for the Seattle Mariners food service team for a number of years, and the Crowd Cow burger has been a fan favorite this season. 

The best practices used by producers in the Crowd Cow quiver certainly are part of its feel-good appeal, but how does the meat taste?

Addam Buzzalini, executive chef for Ethan Stowell Restaurants, said the higher fat content and marbling brings out a much more pronounced beef flavor. “Especially when you move up to the Wagyu, it is extremely rich and decadent.”

Crowd Cow — named GeekWire’s 2018 Startup of the Year — is currently working with more than 100 producers of beef, pork and poultry across the country. Its model is based on selling directly to consumers. When those consumers happen to be high-profile chefs and buzz-worthy restaurants like The Silver Bough, that helps give the emerging brand visibility so they can share their story with a wider audience.

“We building a new supply chain by working with the top 1% of this nation’s craft meat producers,” said Joe Heitzeberg, who founded Crowd Cow with Ethan Lowry four years ago. The company now employs 30 people, and counts Joe Montana and Ashton Kutcher among its major investors. “People are looking for alternatives to the industrial beef machine, and we’re all about letting consumers get to know the farmers who are using best practices.”

Producer profiles, complete with beautifully shot video, are an integral part of the Crowd Cow website. Hutterian Farm is the go-to source for Stowell’s restaurants. Owner Ed Gross focuses on growing a healthy and docile herd of 100% Angus cattle using a unique blend of grass and grain-feeding, and never using antibiotics or growth hormones. The cows graze on lush green pastures, and are finished with peas and corn that are grown using the no-till planting method.

The beef from Eastern Washington is showcased on the menus at Downtown’s Cortina and Goldfinch Tavern in Four Seasons Seattle, Tavolàta in Belltown, Red Cow and Tavolàta on Capitol Hill, and Bramling Cross in the Ballard neighborhood.

Diners have been impressed. “We’ve had nothing but rave reviews from guests,” said Buzzalini, adding that chefs are excited to work with additional cuts of beef as the program grows.

Speaking of growth, Heitzeberg makes no bones about Crowd Cow’s aspiration to take its mission to an even larger audience: “We’d like to go global.”

And in the meantime, the company is all about growing its subscription base, and touting its holiday offerings. “We’re talking about the best turkey you’ve ever tasted,” Heitzeberg said. 

Explore Crowd Cow’s lineup of recipes, including that classic roast turkey.

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Cow therapy costs a lot of moola | News, Sports, Jobs – Youngstown Vindicator



People pay up to $300 to calm their nerves by cuddling with a cow just like that one over —


Sorry. I’ve been a bit jittery around bovines since one jumped on me.

It was at our farm, and teenage me bent over the watering trough to clean out floating bits of hay — cows are messy critters — when this Jersey heifer tried to drown me.

Now people squirt out buckets full of milk money to chill out with cows, at least one of which I suspected of murderous intent. For $300, you can spend 90 minutes cuddling, brushing and playing with cows. There’s also a 60-minute lesser option for a mere $75.

Proponents say that humans find a cow’s slightly higher body temperature and its slower heart rate relaxing.

Sure, if she’s not standing on your foot. That’s a half-ton of solid indifference who won’t move until the fancy strikes her.

Basically, a cow is like a supersized cat. Sometimes she’ll follow you wherever you go with a frisky jump (turning around to see a herd of 1,000-pound beasts with horns bounding after you teaches a nervous kid how to hurdle a barbed-wire fence).

While it might seem like cows are great listeners, mostly they’re soaking up the sun and ignoring everything you say. If cows could purr, the satisfied rumble probably would rock the barn.

I’m glad this relaxation technique didn’t surface when I was a kid. It would have made me a nervous wreck.

We kids trudged out to the barn every morning and evening to tend to the cattle. If we proscrastinated — a common tactic of young boys — Dad would insist we do our chores because, “I feed you, I clothe you and I put a roof over your head.” If cow cuddling had been a thing, Dad would add, “And you each owe me another $300!”

At something like $219,000 a year, I’d never be out of debt.

I didn’t know cows were therapy animals. I do know that showing cattle at the county fair prepared me for parenthood.

We cleaned the cows’ ears with Q-tips, trimmed their hooves, and clipped and brushed their hair, all things I later would do with my kids. I carried a rag to give my cow one last wipe before entering the show ring. As a dad, I always carried a handkerchief, because something’s going to need wiped. Don’t ask what. Sometimes, it’s best not to know. Just wipe.

We bathed our cows with baby shampoo and a garden hose. My kids were in favor of the garden hose, but their mom, who never raised cows, made us use a bathtub instead.

The night before the show, we braided the switches of our cows’ tails so they’d have that wavy, full-bodied bounce in the morning. Years later in a restaurant, I needed to fix my daughter’s hair after she finished in the kids’ play area. A mom a couple of tables away gasped, “You can braid hair?”

“Yep,” I said. “A cow taught me.”

However, my plan to save money on diapers by scattering straw in the baby cribs was vetoed.

I no longer live on the farm but I remember what the cattle taught me. So for $50, I offer you secondhand cow therapy. Slowly walk up to that cow over there and —


In real life, Cole heads to the barns at every county fair to hug cows. Catch up with Cole’s musings by clicking the “Life” tab at, or visiting the Burton W. Cole page on Facebook or @Bur tonWCole on Twitter.

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Dry Cow Management Basics 101 – Dairy Herd Management

It’s pretty basic stuff: The next lactation starts at the end of the previous lactation.

But what does that actually mean: “Dry cow and pre-freshening feeding and management programs directly impact post-calving health, production, reproduction and profitability,” says Donna Amaral-Phillips, a dairy specialist with the University of Kentucky.

“We are even learning that these feeding and management programs can affect the fetus and the fetus’ future performance,” she says.

There are four basic areas to focus on for effective dry cow management:

• Don’t let dry cows get fat. Cows need to go dry at 3.0 to 3.25 body condition score, and no greater than 3.5. Then, they need to maintain this condition through the dry period and not gain weight, says Amaral-Phillips.

“After calving, cows should not lose more than 0.5 body condition score,” she says. “Cows which lose little or no body condition rebreed quicker and result in embryos with improved survivability.”

• Don’t overfeed energy; feed enough protein. Dry cow rations should be balanced to 0.60-0.62 Mcal NEL/lb of dry matter for the far-off dry period. That means watching the amount of corn silage and grain fed.

“For close-up cows that will not be fed a special fresh cow diet after calving, energy density can increase to approximately 0.66 to 0.68 Mcal NEL/lb dry matter,” she says. These close-up diets should also contain adequate levels of metabolizable protein (which is protein that reaches the intestines). Feed  1,200 – 1,400 g MP/day to close-up cows and not just adequate amounts of crude protein.

• Mineral and vitamins important. Mineral and vitamin mixes should be force fed through the grain mix to ensure adequate intakes. For close-up dry cows, low potassium forages should be fed, says Amaral-Phillips. These diets should also contain anionic salts to minimize both clinical and subclinical milk fever. Trace minerals and vitamins are important to improve immunity and fight off infections after calving, she says.

• Limit stress. “Close-up dry cows should be provided with 36”of bunk space, adequate resting space (one stall per cow or 100 square feet of bedded pack space), and cows should not be added to this group more than once weekly,” says Amaral-Phillips. “If possible, springing heifers should be housed separately from older cows.” She also recommends providing shade and sprinklers for all dry cows in summer.

For more details on dry cow management, click here.

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ISIS, Weakened, Finds New Bombers: Cows Wearing Explosive Vests – The New York Times

The Islamic State has been reluctant to use humans to carry bombs because of the group’s reduced numbers, so it has tried out a new tactic: Bovine suicide bombers.

Residents of Al Islah, Iraq, on Saturday said they had witnessed “a strange” sight: two cows harnessed to explosive vests roving the northern side of the village, according to Col. Ghalib Al-Atyia, the spokesman for the police commander in Diyala Province.

The animals wandered into the outskirts of the community, and when they seemed close to houses, the bombs were detonated remotely, killing the cows, and damaging nearby houses, but not harming any people, Colonel Al-Atyia said.

In the colonel’s assessment, the attack signaled that the Islamic State, whose ranks were sharply reduced by the group’s four-year fight against Iraqi security forces backed by American special forces, was resorting to unconventional methods since they lacked manpower.

Still, using cows to deliver bombs is an odd strategy in Iraq, where the animals are prized both for meat and milk. A cow can easily cost $1,200 or more, and no one in the area could remember ever seeing a cow sent to its death in such a way, said several witnesses.

The cows were contributed to the Islamic State by villages in the area thought to be friendly to their cause, said security officials in the Diyala Police Command.

The use of animals as booby traps is not new. During the civil war in Iraq from 2003 to 2009, the insurgents who called themselves Al Qaeda in Iraq placed bombs both inside and under dead livestock, counting on families to try to clear away the corpses.

In Afghanistan, donkeys were occasionally pressed into service to carry bombs targeting NATO forces.

Colonel Al-Atyia described the attack as serving several purposes for the Islamic State, the main one to signal the group’s continued presence in the area. Attaching the bombs to the cows and sending them into the village meant the Islamic State operatives got close enough to release the cows near its entrance without being caught and were able to stay close enough to detonate the bombs, he said.

It also shows the groups’s interest in intimidating areas they may want to access in the future, he said. This area is close to main roads leading to neighboring provinces.

“The Islamic State will keep trying to breach those areas that they consider strategic for movement,” Colonel Al-Atyia said.

Northeastern Diyala has seen almost weekly Islamic State attacks in the last year, including ones using mortars and roadside bombs, as well as small arms attacks and kidnappings.

Some of those have targeted Al Islah, even though it is one of the areas that the Iraqi army claimed recently to have cleared of all Islamic State presence, said security experts.

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Boris Johnson’s bullying fails to cow his opponents – Financial Times

Drunk on power, UK prime minister Boris Johnson and his advisers have overplayed their hand. There was logic in the view that their best hope of getting a better deal from the EU was to go to the brink. But the attempt to show Brussels that parliament could not derail Brexit has left the country in a limbo which could become purgatory — if the opposition decide to draw things out.

If Theresa May’s administration was a slow-motion car crash in sepia, Mr Johnson’s feels like an accelerated version in Technicolor. Having lost his parliamentary majority on Tuesday and his own brother from the government on Thursday, the prime minister held what was effectively the launch of his election campaign flanked by phalanxes of police cadets in uniform. He cracked jokes to try to defuse the Gestapo look. Rather than making the Conservatives look the responsible party of law and order, the stunt suggested that the rambling Mr Johnson should be charged with “wasting police time”. The tone is wrong; the unforced errors mount up.

Getting into office can turn people’s heads. A prime minister’s power is at its maximum in the first few weeks, when he makes appointments, and the media is forgiving. After that, experienced politicians know how easily they can be thwarted by events, backbenchers or civil servants. But some are intoxicated.

Advisors are especially prone to imagining themselves as heroic characters from the television show The West Wing, only to end up swaggering like bullies in The Thick of It. Steve Hilton, David Cameron’s strategy director, became a liability. Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s press secretary, became the story. Each had bosses who told them to cool it. Mr Johnson and his top aide Dominic Cummings seem to be swaggering in lockstep at a time when they need deftness in building relationships.

Number 10’s strategy was to take the UK out of the EU on October 31 and cement power through an early election against hapless Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. To win that election and maximise his chances in Brussels, Boris Johnson sought to convince Brexit party leader Nigel Farage — and the EU — that he was serious about no deal. He ousted wobbly cabinet ministers, purged Tory rebels, and refused to contemplate requesting any Article 50 extension.

This was ugly, but it was leadership. Until this week Mr Johnson had momentum and optimism. But the bullies failed to realise that others could refuse to play their game. The decision to suspend parliament galvanised rebels into trying to outlaw no deal through a bill seeking an extension to Article 50.

Mr Johnson’s team wildly underestimated how many Tory MPs would join the rebellion and how many more, like the prime minister’s brother Jo Johnson, would simply walk away. Moderate Conservatives who have endured years of attacks on the so-called “nasty party” resent the caricature being brought to life. They don’t want to be badged a “lying Tory”, like House leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, whose contemptuous lounging on the front bench went viral during Tuesday’s historic debate.

Many MPs are expendable. The public see parliament as a talking shop full of spineless mediocrities. But it is risky to lose strong personalities who held marginal seats, such as Justine Greening in Putney. In alienating Ruth Davidson, who resigned as Scottish Conservative leader, Mr Johnson has likely lost at least 10 seats north of the border. The arrogance of his refusal to reappoint Ms Davidson’s ally David Mundell to the cabinet this summer was bewildering. He hopes to secure a majority by compensating for these losses elsewhere, scooping up working class Leaver votes in the Midlands and North East. But that was Mrs May’s strategy in 2017. She failed.

Mr Corbyn has called Mr Johnson’s bluff, refusing to agree to a snap election until he is sure that the bill requiring an Article 50 extension is on the statute book. Mr Johnson is gleefully bashing the Labour leader as a chicken, hoping he will cave in on Monday.

But senior Labour figures are urging their leader to wait until Mr Johnson has either secured a new deal or formally requested an extension. To circumvent this, the government is contemplating calling an election in a one-line bill on Monday. That too is risky: the bill could be amended to reduce the voting age to 16, which would benefit Remain parties.

Britain needs an election, even if it fails to resolve the impasse. A minority government cannot stumble on. I still think Mr Johnson can win, if he unites the Leave side. Divided parties do not generally win elections, but the Labour party is also split, and the Remain vote is splintered among Labour, the Scottish National Party and resurgent Liberal Democrats. The government’s brazen electoral bribes in the spending review, which undermined all Conservative claims to prudence, may prove popular.

Equally, voters with election fatigue may wonder why Mr Johnson is playing games when he should be negotiating with Brussels. It is beginning to filter through to people that no deal, far from “getting Brexit over”, would simply mean returning to the table with different leverage.

Government’s responsibility is generally to defuse crises. But this government is led by a man who stoked a crisis, used it to take power and is now stoking it again. As mayor of London, Mr Johnson’s popularity soared after he got stuck on a zip wire at a pre-Olympic event, and turned it into a glorious moment of buffoonery.

As prime minister, being impotent on the high-wire is no joke. There is only so long you can fill the vacuum with bluster.

The writer, a former head of the Downing Street policy unit, is a Harvard senior fellow

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USCA Requests Cattle Price Transparency Summit – Drovers Magazine

Last week the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) called on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to “convene cattle market participants to discuss concerns related to price transparency and true price discovery.”

USCA sent letters to both Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and CFTC Chairman Heath P. Tarbert, seeking the transparency summits in response to the untimely fire at the Tyson Foods’ Holcomb, Kan., beef plant.

In a statement, USCA said, “In the weeks following the event, U.S.  cattle producers have witnessed unprecedented disruption in the cattle marketplace. Two separate Cattle Industry Summits would directly address issues related to the Mandatory Price reporting program, Packers & Stockyards Act violations and definitions, and the cattle futures contracts. USCA looks forward to working with both USDA and CFTC to convene cattle industry stakeholders in the months ahead.”

On Wednesday (Aug. 28, 2019) Secretary Perdue announced he had directed USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Division to launch an “investigation into recent beef pricing margins to determine if there is any evidence of price manipulation, collusion, restrictions of competition or other unfair practices.”

Perdue’s request comes as part of USDA’s “continued efforts to monitor the impact of the fire at the beef processing facility in Holcomb, Kan. If any unfair practices are detected, we will take quick enforcement action. USDA remains in close communication with plant management and other stakeholders to understand the fire’s impact to industry,” the statement from Perdue said.

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