After emergency plane landing in Macon Co. cow pasture, pilot unharmed – WLOS

Macon County Emergency Services responded Friday morning to a plane crash on the east side of U.S. 441/Georgia Road, just south of the visitors’ center.

The plane went down around 10 a.m. and there were no serious injuries.

Pilot Doug Finner tells News 13 that he was able to get himself out of the cockpit after the plane flipped during the emergency landing, saying the seatbelt worked, and he was able to walk away with just a few minor injuries.

Finner says his single-engine rented Cessna Skycatcher, registered in Gainesville, Georgia, lost power to the engine, and he was forced to make an emergency landing in a cow pasture south of Franklin.

He was trying to land in the field across the street, he said, but had to swerve to avoid a tree and bounced before hitting the embankment, causing the plane to flip.

Finner left from Gainesville Georgia, destined for Macon County. He says he will soon head back to Georgia, and the plane will be towed.

The FAA is investigating.

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Smash a pumpkin, feed a cow – The Laconia Daily Sun

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I lifted the pumpkin over my head and threw it down to the concrete floor. The pumpkin split neatly down the center, exposing seeds and their attendant gooey stuff, while four cows watched. The cows waited while I picked up the halves and put them

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Marlowe's Elegant New Sibling Opens in Cow Hollow – Eater SF

Restaurateur Anna Weinberg has been “starving” in Cow Hollow while working to open her new restaurant in the neighborhood. “I’ve been living on Balboa Cafe fries,” she says, bemoaning the lack of other options. As of last night, there’s something new: Cow Marlowe, which opened at 3154 Fillmore Street a few days ahead of schedule.

When the notoriously debauched Eastside West closed last December, Weinberg and Big Night partner James Nicholas decided to pounce on the space.

“It occurred to me that so many people that were making bad decisions at Eastside West 10 years ago were still in the neighborhood,” Weinberg says, “but now they’re a bit older — some of them with strollers.”

Cow Marlowe, she hopes, will be the place for them: A more mature spot to dine out and cut loose. Last night, they were already at it, with bottles of Piper-Heidsieck bubbles donated to the whole room by socialite (and Weinberg pal) David Shimmon.

Cow Marlowe joins Big Night group siblings Marlowe (2010), Park Tavern (2011), the Cavalier (2013), Leo’s Oyster Bar (2016), and Marianne’s (2016). Like the rest, it’s dressed to impress by Ken Fulk’s design firm, which won Bon Appétit’s 2016 award for best-designed restaurant with Leo’s.

Senior designer Tiffany Kramer took the lead at 3154 Fillmore, and the results are custom brass lighting, retrofitted antique cabinets that serve as the host stand, and cobalt blue Sodalite granite for the bar counters and a communal table. Seating is at leather banquettes and Thonet-style chairs, and the floor is made from dark concrete strewn with red Persian-style rugs.

Tile outside the new restaurant

The former Eastside West space has been repainted

The bar and dining room are an elegant backdrop for Big Night executive chef Jennifer Puccio, who plays the restaurant group’s hits. She’s emphasizing an extended bar bites menu with popular items like crispy Brussels sprouts chips, warm deviled eggs (aged provolone, pickled jalapeño, and bacon) and a healthier take on the Park Tavern fries: grilled furikake green beans with smoked egg yolk, caviar, and truffle aioli.

Cow Marlowe chef de cuisine Steve Dustin (the Cavalier, Finn Town) will prepare Marlowe hits like a grilled Marin Sun Farms pork chop, poulet vert (the restaurant’s popular roast chicken dish) and Anson Mills polenta (with sautéed wild mushrooms, shaved parmesan, truffle salsa verde, and a poached egg). A late-night menu from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. unlocks the regular Park Tavern fries and more snacks, and dessert from Big Night pastry chef Emily Luchetti includes Key lime cheesecake, Guittard chocolate pudding, and an orange creamsicle sundae (bourbon and caramel soaked oranges, vanilla bean ice cream, orange sorbet and candied almonds).

Beyond beer and wine, Mike Anders of Marianne’s and Leo’s has a fresh Cow Marlowe cocktail menu. Drinks with Marina teasing-names include the Lululemon Drop (Tito’s Vodka, Acqua di Cedro, lemon, and thyme) and the Brad & Chad (made with Avion Reposado Tequila, gin, and Green Chartreuse) — and are likely to be embraced by locals.

Leather banquettes and Thonet-style chairs for seating

Bar seating in the background

Blue sodalite granite tables

Champagne on the Sodalite granite bar

A mounted head behind the bar

Booth seating at Cow Marlowe

Herringbone-patterned tiles on the restaurant’s walls

Bar seating at Cow Marlowe

The Cow Marlowe burger
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A Lululemon Drop
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Another view on the cobalt blue marble

Hanging brass lamps illuminate the dining room

Cow Marlowe’s floor is a dark concrete with red rugs

Looking onto the newly repainted building

Cow Marlowe is open for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, and from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. The bar opens at 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and a late night menu is available Thursday to Saturday from 11 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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Coco the cow hops fence, evades capture: 'I've never had one do that' – National Post

CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — A Newfoundland farmer is on the lookout for an escaped cow that hopped his farm’s fence last Thursday.

Coco was last spotted on Saturday, two days after she leapt over the fence and escaped the farm in Conception Bay South, 30 kilometres west of St. John’s.

“I’ve had cows for my lifetime and I’ve never had one do that,” said farmer Barry Scott.

He is asking the public not to approach the 450-kilogram black cow as the search continues.

“She’s not a little pup or anything, she’s a fairly big animal,” Scott said.

One man was hurt in a tussle with Coco on Saturday afternoon as he tried to catch her.

Scott was on his way when Coco again evaded capture, and he and his family have been searching for her since.

The large animal may be dangerous when approached in the wild but Scott still hopes he can bring the clever cow home.

Scott said public safety is his biggest concern right now and he’s asking people to call him with Coco’s whereabouts rather than try to apprehend her.

He said putting Coco down is a last resort in case she poses a danger to other people in her travels, but he hopes to bring her back to the barn and calm her down.

Scott said he raised Coco from the time she was a calf.

The family is growing concerned as the days since her last sighting stretch on, but Scott still hopes to bring Coco home to the farm safely.

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How Much Hay Will a Cow Consume? – Drovers Magazine

This week’s snowy weather has reminded cow calf producers that winter hay feeding has begun or will begin shortly.

Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs. Hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations. Forage quality will be a determining factor in the amount of forage consumed. Higher quality forages contain larger concentrations of important nutrients so animals consuming these forages should be more likely to meet their nutrient needs from the forages. Also cows can consume a larger quantity of higher quality forages.

Higher quality forages are fermented more rapidly in the rumen leaving a void that the animal can re-fill with additional forage. Consequently, forage intake increases. For example, low quality forages (below about 6% crude protein) will be consumed at about 1.5% of body weight (on a dry matter basis) per day. Higher quality grass hays (above 8% crude protein) may be consumed at about 2.0% of body weight. Excellent forages, such as good alfalfa, silages, or green pasture may be consumed at the rate of 2.5% dry matter of body weight per day. The combination of increased nutrient content AND increased forage intake makes high quality forage very valuable to the animal and the producer. With these intake estimates, now producers can calculate the estimated amounts of hay that need to be available.

Using an example of 1200 pound pregnant spring-calving cows, lets assume that the grass hay quality is good and tested 8% crude protein. Cows will voluntarily consume 2.0% of body weight or 24 pounds per day. The 24 pounds is based on 100% dry matter. Grass hays will often be 7 to 10% moisture. If we assume that the hay is 92% dry matter or 8% moisture, then the cows will consume about 26 pounds per day on an “as-fed basis”. Unfortunately we also have to consider hay wastage when feeding big round bales. Hay wastage is difficult to estimate, but generally has been found to be from 6% to 20% (or more). For this example, lets assume 15% hay wastage. This means that approximately 30 pounds of grass hay must be hauled to the pasture for each cow each day that hay is expected to be the primary ingredient in the diet.

After calving and during early lactation, the cow may weigh 100 pounds less, but will be able to consume about 2.6% of her body weight (100% dry matter) in hay. This would translate into 36 pounds of “as-fed” hay per cow per day necessary to be hauled to the pasture. This again assumes 15% hay wastage. Accurate knowledge of average cow size in your herd as well as the average weight of your big round bales becomes necessary to predict hay needs and hay feeding strategies.

Big round hay bales will vary in weight. Diameter and length of the bale, density of the bale, type of hay, and moisture content all will greatly influence weight of the bale. Weighing a pickup or trailer with and without a bale may be the best method to estimate bale weights.

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Youngsters herd 'selfie with cow contest' in West Bengal – Economic Times

Kolkata: A group of young professionals named Goseva Parivar has been travelling across West Bengal to spread awareness about the economic benefits of rearing a cow and about the financial losses a family can incur by selling or slaughtering her.

The cow protection campaign, which started with the ‘Selfie with Gomata’ contest in 2015, launched its ‘Selfie with Gomata, 2018’ on Sunday with a rider– save cow scientifically.

Slamming the use of force for “Gauraksha”, executive member of the group, Lalit Agarwal told ET, “Gauraksha using religious sermons is passé now. Exercising violence means to protect cows cannot be a sustainable way of Gauraksha. We are trying to reach farmers irrespective of cast, creed and religion and explain about the financial benefits of rearing a cow. We are also explaining what monetary loss a family would incur if they sell a cow or take her to the slaughter house. We are aiming at a complete stop of sale for slaughtering cows, but of course not through violent means.”

The contest ‘Selfie with Gomata’ had drawn at least 10,000 entries last year and crashed the group’s brand new app. “So, this year the entries would be received through Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook,” said Abhishek Singh, the in-charge of the contest.

“The primary reason of conducting this contest is to impart knowledge to people and make them aware of the benefits of protecting cows. Not for once have we mentioned any religious connection with Gomata or brought in references of Hindu gods and goddesses.”

The group claims that despite working with several organisations, it has never experienced any political influence or resistance in West Bengal while holding training camps in villages.

“We have installed 70 bio gas plants in four districts –West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia and Burdwan. In more than hundred villages, we have already set up camps and are also connecting city groups to farmers for better bovine trade. We are trying to make farmers understand that milk is not the only thing they can get from a cow. Cow urine and dung are the main products that they should use. Since the price of LPG gas and fertilisers are soaring, they can use bio-gas and fertilisers made from cow dung.

Even though we do not sell cow urine, we have taught them to process and filter cow urine to use it as medicine. We have got positive response from many Muslim families as well,” said Agarwal.

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Episode 875: Why Did The Cow Cross The Border? – NPR

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Lately, we’ve been nerding out about cattle. Specifically, about this one particular set of facts. Every year, the United States exports 500 million tons of beef to Mexico. But every year, the United States imports 500 million tons of beef from Mexico.

We heard this, and thought: How is that possible? Why are we trotting all these cows back and forth across the border? We sent a reporter to the border to find out. The answers to those questions explain a lot about how trade works.

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Ohio girl brings cow to class to highlight struggling dairy farmers –

CARROLLTON, Ohio (WKBN) – An Ohio girl surprised her school when she brought a cow to class on Friday — all to highlight a growing problem for dairy farmers.

Macey Stevens is a junior at Carrollton High School, southwest of Columbiana County.

When her government teacher assigned the class a project about interest groups, Macey knew exactly which one she wanted to talk about.

She and her partner, Shelby Rhodes, both work on dairy farms.

"The farm is my second home and I love spending time with the cows — it's never a dull moment," Macey said.

Her dad grew up on a dairy farm, too.

"It's become more than a job — it's a lifestyle," she said.

Macey and Shelby know firsthand how the decrease in milk prices affects local farmers. She said people switching over to almond, soy and other nondairy "milks" also hurts the industry.

She and Shelby named their group project "We Farm You Drink" and explained the issues dairy farmers face.

Macey hoped by bringing a cow to class with her, she could bring attention to how much local dairy farmers need support from their communities.

She said her classmates lit up when they saw Buckwheat the cow. The kids, teachers and staff got to pet Buckwheat and take pictures with him.

Even though Buckwheat is a boy and can't be milked, she said he's still a dairy cow and symbolizes the hard work farmers do every day.

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Quality in the Cow Herd – Drovers Magazine

When you think of a “quality” cow herd, I suspect you see easy-fleshing cows with 500- to 600-pound (lb.) calves, each born unassisted in a 60-day window. A dream to handle, docile in every case, never a stray missing the gate. Calves top the market and feeders fight over who will own them every year.

That’s a pretty good picture, but let’s widen the view to a quality survey reported by McKensie Harris and others in the 2106 Market Cow Report of the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA). It does not conjure picturesque or pastoral scenes, but there are some interesting quality trends to take in.

Market cows, the culls you sell, are a key source of lean trimmings to the beef supply chain and often represent 15% to 25% of gross income. However, the decision to sell a cow is not an active management choice in most operations. Commercial cattlemen “market” cows as a byproduct of the cow’s inability to remain productive, not because they want to increase income from cull cows.

That’s certainly different from the feeder and fed cattle scene. For one thing, those cows reflect delayed genetic trends in the herd, assuming the culls are older than average. The previous market cow NBQA was in 2007, conducted prior to the significant drought and culling across the U.S. in the next several years. The 2016 report offers insight as to how genetics within the commercial herd have changed relative to type and carcass characteristics, due to management and drought-induced culling.

Today, the percentage of Angus-type fed cattle hovers around 67%, a comparable number to the 2016 market cow report that suggests 68% of cows and 67% of bulls were Angus type. That’s a sizable increase in Angus influence, considering the 2007 report from John Nicholson and others indicated 44% of market cows and 52% of market bulls were predominately black hided—just 9 years earlier.

The genetic trend for marbling has increased for most breeds regardless of hide color. While neither market cows nor bulls are managed to express genetic potential for marbling, the 30-unit increase in average marbling score (about 1/3 of a quality grade) from 2007 to 2016 confirms the commercial cow herd has improved in quality potential. Besides that 30-unit marbling increase, distribution of marbling scores also improved, moving a greater percentage of cows toward higher scores.

While skewed toward quality, cows fit every marbling category. There were 2.8% with enough to grade Prime, between slightly abundant to abundant marbling. It’s hard to argue the Prime target is too lofty a goal for fed cattle when nearly 3% of cull market cows achieved that level of marbling for prime. Remember, they likely represented a delayed genetic trend, and the report is already two years old. Market cows cannot qualify for Prime due to advanced maturity, but today’s overall genetics and herd management signal the potential for continued increases in average quality grade. NBQA herd changes were not limited to marbling potential. Market cow carcass weights increased by 50 lb. over the 9 years, with ribeyes increased by 0.45 square inches. That’s a product of the larger carcass rather than more heavily muscled cows.

Cows can still get better, obviously: 21% of them were marketed at a light muscle score, reducing beef yield and increasing the chance of harvest lameness. The fall season offers benefits for a short-term feeding period in which cows can put on weight quickly and generally move to a more favorable marketing window. Keep in mind, feed efficiency tends to worsen with the older cows and the longer they are fed, so have a marketing plan in place.

Before entertaining a cow-feeding enterprise, check two things: 14% of the market cows in the NBQA had worn or broken teeth, which makes them poor feeding candidates. Better candidates but perhaps wrongly classified were the 17% of cows pregnant when sold. A short feeding period may not only improve cull-cow quality, but also offer a chance for one more pregnancy check before marketing. If these late-discovery bred cows don’t fit your ideal 60-day calving window, they certainly have more value for somebody as bred rather than thin, open cows.

Cull cows can serve as a good indicator, given the NBQA data, of where the beef community has improved and what challenges remain. In your herd, cull cows are a reflection of what doesn’t work in your system. Understanding how she got there offers a path to a higher quality cow herd.

Related Links:

Cull Cow Marketing Decisions

Marketing: Don’t Forget Your Cull Cows

Market Highlights: Cull Cow and Bull Prices Seasonally Falling

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