Business booms at online marketplace Crowd Cow as meat industry giants are hit hard by coronavirus – GeekWire

Crowd Cow delivers a variety of protein products direct to consumers. (Crowd Cow Photo)

As businesses across the nation have been left reeling from the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the Seattle-based startup Crowd Cow seems to have been checking all the necessary boxes in recent months to position itself to not only survive, but thrive.

While no one was really ready for a global pandemic, 5-year-old Crowd Cow has definitely been preparing its online meat marketplace for the opportunity to serve more people. With restaurants closed and the traditional meat processing industry buckling under the health crisis, Crowd Cow is two months into seizing on that opportunity.

“Our demand just skyrocketed overnight,” Crowd Cow co-founder Joe Heitzeberg said. “Everybody’s now home and you’re eating a home-cooked meal. You’re not going to restaurants. So all of that demand has found its way online for people looking to buy proteins and meats and other ingredients to cook at home.”

Initially launched by tech veterans Heitzeberg and co-founder Ethan Lowry as a crowdfunding platform of sorts for meat lovers, Crowd Cow has evolved considerably since its days of offering up one whole cow. That cow would be processed and shipped to buyers after all the cuts of beef were pre-purchased and the cow was “tipped.”

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Tech veterans Joe Heitzeberg, left, and Ethan Lowry launched Crowd Cow in 2015. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

Crowd Cow is now a full-fledged marketplace for a variety of proteins including beef, pork, chicken and seafood. The company partners with more than 100 farms and ranches across 23 states. Sustainably raised animals are processed by smaller regional operations and not the factory processing plants suffering through some of the scariest COVID-19 outbreaks.

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Orders are picked, packed and shipped from Crowd Cow fulfillment centers in Oregon and Pennsylvania and a third is set to open near St. Louis in June. The company of 90 people is hiring, revenue is up four times, and Crowd Cow — which has raised $25 million to date — is way ahead of its plan and looking at profitability by summer and thinking even bigger.

“We were just knocking on doors to get our first cow five years ago,” Heitzeberg said. “Now you can load up your [online] cart with whatever you want and get it on a regular basis.

“We were prepared — and I feel more lucky and grateful about that than to say, ‘Yeah we were ready for this,’” he added.

Crowd Cow launched five years ago by offering a limited supply of beef. The startup now offers beef, chicken, pork and seafood through a robust online marketplace. (Crowd Cow Photo)

Heitzeberg cited the good timing of raising a $15 million financing round last November; the recent launch of subscriptions so people can buy products more easily; and the addition of more everyday staples to get beyond premium “Friday night dinners” and offer meats with a price that is competitive to physical grocery stores.

“And our supply chain is very resilient because we don’t depend on the one that’s now falling apart,” Heitzeberg said of reports about the large poultry, pig and cattle processing plants hit with virus outbreaks. The inability of such facilities to shut down for an extended period or even practice social distancing has been blamed. There are fears of a meat shortage in grocery stores.

Citing a $200 billion a year industry, with 86 percent of the market controlled by four companies, Heitzeberg contrasts Crowd Cow’s “teeny tiny” operation against a picture of giant factories in which workers stand shoulder to shoulder processing meat.

“If they have to distance workers just to be minimally safe, that will reduce their production. It’s just math,” Heitzeberg said. “That’s the problem with that system. We don’t have that problem.”

For the people they work with and customers they serve, Crowd Cow views it as a chance to lean forward and demonstrate a simpler system that’s more environmentally sustainable, better for animal welfare, and better for local communities and farmers — and one that’s open for business.

Farms that normally sell to restaurants as well as Crowd Cow have needed the online operation now more than ever. And it’s the same for butcher operations they work with that also process meat for restaurants, casinos, hotel chains, and others — business went down severely.

Heitzebrg’s message was, “‘Keep doing what you do and we’ll just take more of it through our website.’”

Crowd Cow credits being based in Seattle, the early U.S. epicenter for the coronavirus outbreak, with helping it recognize the need to quickly address a variety of safety measures at its facilities. There are now COVID safety committees, dedicated staffers who do sanitization work all day, temperature checks, plexiglass dividers on lunch tables and more.

“Being really nimble, being a startup of our size we can move really really fast,” Heitzeberg said. “We’ve got a great team that is super excited about our position and super grateful that we have a job to do that’s more important than it ever was.”

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Aggie drawn to raising, showing beef cattle – krvn.com

CURTIS, Neb.  – Dalton Keller is well versed in beef cattle and animal science so he decided that in his third year of college he would chart a different path.

Keller added skills in irrigation technology, electricity, ag mechanics, welding and ag safety to his program at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Why pursue the irrigation technician program?

“I just wanted to have some knowledge about center pivots,” Keller explains. “How they are set up, how they work, and to have enough knowledge that when I started farming I wanted to be able to repair one myself and not have to hire someone.”

Keller’s family recently purchased a small farm south of Torrington, Wyoming, where Dalton raises a couple dozen cattle, alfalfa and grass-hay crops. Both of his parents work for the local school district in Goshen County.

As an FFA student in Southeast High School at nearby Yoder, he was active in livestock judging, ag mechanics, and then caught the bug for showing club calves.

Through FFA, he was trained in beef cattle artificial insemination and worked with a custom AI crew during breeding seasons. Keller also continued showing cattle, fitting and grooming, and learning the ropes of the cattle business throughout his high school career. Then he set his sights on college.

“I knew that I wanted to be involved in the cattle industry,” Keller said. “I checked around a lot and found that NCTA had what I wanted the most for college.”

On May 7, in a virtual, online commencement, he graduated magna cum laude (3.75-3.99 GPA) and was named salutatorian for the NCTA Aggies Class of 2020.

He received an associate of applied science degree in livestock production plus the 1-year certificate in irrigation technology.

Next fall, if on-campus classes proceed as currently planned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keller will pursue a bachelor’s degree by transferring in animal science to the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The CASNR program is a 4-year partner to NCTA’s 2-year campus.

“Dalton is a bright young man,” said Doug Smith, Keller’s animal science professor and advisor the past three years.

As an NCTA Aggie, Keller continued to travel to cattle progress shows, including the National Western Stock Show in Denver in January. He also enjoys helping at bull and female sales and processing livestock for producers.

During college, he was employed at Arrowhead Meadows Golf Course across the highway from NCTA. He also was seasonal help for an area rancher, sometimes working cattle but more often helping control the invasive eastern red cedar trees growing in pastures and canyons of the Medicine Valley.

Campus activities as an Aggie student were focused on his coursework. He was a member of Collegiate Cattlemen and Collegiate Farm Bureau.

The NCTA home stretch

When the coronavirus pandemic caused colleges to switch to remote learning, the transition was a challenge for hands-on activities. Keller credits NCTA professors for swiftly adjusting their teaching styles. He finished his final eight weeks of classes online in Wyoming, about 250 miles away from campus.

“It (remote classes) was a big change for me,” he admits. “I would go out and work all day on the farm, then come in at night and sit down before I went to bed and get to my assignments.”

Fortunately, he says, he took a lighter load of 12 hours this semester, expecting to be traveling to more cattle shows and away from campus on weekends in March and April. That all changed with COVID-19.

“So I was happy to get done what I had done before this year,” he adds.

For the first two years at NCTA, Keller says he took advantage of enrolling in every animal science or livestock class that he could, including a comprehensive capstone course required for livestock, equine and crops production majors.

In the capstone course, students write a business plan after researching all facets of a ownership/production enterprise. Students also cover topics such as legal issues for business, land and animal ownership. The course couples assignments in ag economics and production management, helpful for his family’s business marketing club calves as Keller Cattle.

Keller had received an NCTA Dean’s Scholarship when he started as an Aggie in August, 2017.

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Strange 'space cow' explosion may have been the birth of a black hole – New Scientist

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A strange explosion in space, nicknamed “the Cow”, is becoming less mysterious

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A strange explosion in space is starting to reveal its secrets. In 2018, astronomers spotted an extraordinarily fast and bright explosion unlike anything we had ever seen before, and now they are starting to narrow down what could have caused it.

The explosion was given the official designation AT2018cow – a listing based on the alphabetical order of objects reported in the Astronomer’s Telegram – and nicknamed “the Cow”. It took just a few days to reach its peak brightness after it began to explode, …

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Tooele County Sheriff's Office investigating cow shot, killed in Stockton – fox13now.com

STOCKTON, Utah — A rancher found one of his cows shot to death in Stockton on Sunday morning.

CW Thompson told FOX 13 that he believes someone shot one of his cows from close range, potentially with a pistol. He dug the bullet out of the cow to be included as evidence in the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

“Beware there is somebody out there shooting cows,” Thompson warned on social media. “I found one of mine dead this morning. She also has a two month old calf that now has no mother.”

Thompson says he hasn’t experienced this personally before with one of his own cows.

Tooele County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to FOX 13 that they are investigating.

An officer said the cow was shot from close range with a pistol round.

Thompson says the cows are very friendly.

“You can ride your four wheeler or side by side right up to them and they will just stand there,” he said. “She was a young cow with a lot of life left, with a 2-month-old calf.

The bullet Thompson found is being sent in for ballistics testing, and the sheriff’s office is following up on leads.

Thompson says the cow is roughly worth $1,200. He is offering a $1,000 reward.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact the sheriff’s office non-emergency line at 435-882-5600.

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Inside Keith Lemon aka Leigh Francis's funky residence with leopard print carpets, cow pores and skin rugs and Bo Selecta Bear | MR NewsPaper – Market Research Newspaper

Inside Keith Lemon aka Leigh Francis’s funky home with leopard print carpets, cow skin rugs and Bo Selecta Bear

FUNNY man Keith Lemon, actual identify Leigh Francis, has precisely the zany, quirky form of home inside you’d count on from the wacky presenter.

It options leopard print carpets, cow pores and skin rugs, The Bear from Bo’ Selecta!, and a life dimension cutout of Bros star Matt Goss.

Keith Lemon, aka Leigh Francis, has been giving his Instagram followers a glance inside his residence
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Resulting from lockdown, Leigh has been filming episodes of ITV2’s Celeb Juice and varied different content material from his North London residence, which has given followers some uncommon glimpses of inside his home.

The star, 47, lives along with his household – spouse Jill, and daughters Matilda and Dolly – close to Primrose Hill, Camden.

Posting to Instagram, Leigh shared a take a look at his makeshift studio the place he’s been filming nearly all of his content material, full with an epic residence bar.

There are cabinets on the wall in the back of the room full of bottles of spirits together with gin and vodka, whereas the serving space has been trimmed with an enormous Celeb Juice brand.

The partitions are painted in cream with a number of added ornament
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Leigh has some nice motion figures
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There are many skateboard decks on the wall
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Leigh and Jill have an enormous bed room[/caption]

Towards one wall is a beautiful massive Chesterfield-style leather-based couch, whereas on the partitions grasp a collection of framed photographs and posters together with one from The Keith and Paddy Image Present.

There are additionally film posters of cult 80s movies, Teen Wolf and Teen Wolf Too. Leigh is clearly an enormous fan as he additionally has a doll of the character subsequent to his desk.

Followers of Leigh will be capable to spot memorabilia from all through the comic’s profession – together with the bear from his present Bo’ Selecta.

There’s additionally life-size cardboard cutouts of himself and Bros star Matt Goss.

Leigh has put posters and photographs all around the partitions
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The superb carpeted stairs
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Keith acquired one among his daughters to run down the steps with him
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Teen Wolf in all his glory
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To provide the room a contact of temper lighting, Leigh has added neon strip lighting so as to add to the environment.

Along with a number of trinkets and quirky ornaments, there’s additionally Leigh’s 2016 BAFTA for Greatest Leisure Efficiency.

Leigh has some severely cool touches on the partitions, together with restricted version Andy Warhol skateboard decks.

Though Leigh is notoriously non-public with regards to sharing photographs of his kids on Instagram, he did showcase his cute daughter Dotty earlier this week wearing a Spiderman masks.

Nonetheless, all eyes have been firmly on the INCREDIBLE leopard-print carpet adorning the steps.

Set towards darkish wood stairs, the roar-some runner seems to be recent and complicated.


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Cattle herd tramples woman, girl in Victoria – 9News

A woman and a young girl have been taken to hospital after being seriously injured in a bovine attack.

A herd of cattle trampled a woman in her 70s and a primary-school-aged girl at Freshwater Creek, near Geelong, in Victoria.

Two people have been injured in a cow attack near Geelong. (9News)

The girl suffered head, pelvic and arm injuries and was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

The woman is in a serious but stable condition at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

She is being treated for chest and back injuries.

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Inside Keith Lemon aka Leigh Francis's funky home with leopard print carpets, cow skin rugs and Bo Selecta Bear – Brinkwire

FUNNY man Keith Lemon, real name Leigh Francis, has exactly the zany, quirky kind of house interior you’d expect from the wacky presenter.

It features leopard print carpets, cow skin rugs, The Bear from Bo’ Selecta!, and a life size cutout of Bros star Matt Goss.

Due to lockdown, Leigh has been filming episodes of ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and various other content from his North London home, which has given fans some rare glimpses of inside his house.

The star, 47, lives with his family – wife Jill, and daughters Matilda and Dolly – near Primrose Hill, Camden.

Posting to Instagram, Leigh shared a look at his makeshift studio where he’s been filming the majority of his content, complete with an epic home bar.

There are shelves on the wall at the back of the room filled with bottles of spirits including gin and vodka, while the serving area has been trimmed with a huge Celebrity Juice logo.

Against one wall is a gorgeous large Chesterfield-style leather sofa, while on the walls hang a selection of framed photos and posters including one from The Keith and Paddy Picture Show.

There are also movie posters of cult 80s films, Teen Wolf and Teen Wolf Too. Leigh is obviously a big fan as he also has a doll of the character next to his desk.

Fans of Leigh will be able to spot memorabilia from throughout the comedian’s career – including the bear from his show Bo’ Selecta.

There’s also life-size cardboard cutouts of himself and Bros star Matt Goss.

To give the room a touch of mood lighting, Leigh has added neon strip lighting to add to the atmosphere.

In addition to lots of trinkets and quirky ornaments, there’s also Leigh’s 2016 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance.

Leigh has some seriously cool touches on the walls, including limited edition Andy Warhol skateboard decks.

Although Leigh is notoriously private when it comes to sharing photos of his children on Instagram, he did show off his adorable daughter Dotty earlier this week dressed in a Spiderman mask.

However, all eyes were firmly on the INCREDIBLE leopard-print carpet adorning the stairs.

Set against dark wooden stairs, the roar-some runner looks fresh and sophisticated.

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Will feeding silage to lactating cows give my calves scours? – Tri-State Livestock News

This article and other research-based beef news are available on beef.unl.edu, Nebraska Extension’s beef cattle production website. Interviews with the authors of BeefWatch newsletter articles become available throughout the month of publication and are accessible at https://go.unl.edu/podcast.

Many cow-calf producers in Nebraska have become accustomed to using distillers grains as a source of both protein and energy to help meet the nutritional needs of lactating cows from calving until green grass is available. Due to the ongoing distillers shortage, many producers are considering including corn silage in the ration to help alleviate some of the energy shortfall in their hay resources. However, concerns have been expressed that silage in the diet will result in diarrhea or scours in their calves.

While this is a critical time for the nursing calf, and producers should be ever vigilant for signs of scours, there are actually a variety of reasons a calf might have a very loose stool and not all of them are cause for concern.

Feeding a diet that is highly digestible and fermented, with a high rate of passage through the digestive system will result in manure that is much more wet and loose than manure from a diet of dry hay and supplemental distillers grains. In dairy cows, a high-energy diet has been shown to increase milk production earlier in lactation, and a similar response is likely in beef cows. Increased milk production early in the calf’s life will also likely result in a looser stool.

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Additionally, calves begin to nibble at grass and their mother’s feed within a few days of life, and by one month of age, are eating 1 percent of their body weight on a dry matter basis in feed other than milk. Therefore, they will begin to consume a diet that is responsible for a looser stool just like the cow does. However, dietary related scours do not cause illness and dehydration in the calf.

The health- and life-threatening causes of diarrhea in calves are commonly from a list of infectious pathogens that are shed at low levels by individuals in virtually any group of bovines. Most are viral or protozoal, and some are bacterial. These pathogens are picked up by calves, amplified, and shed at much higher levels into the environment, mainly in feces. Calves born later in the calving season are often born into environments that have much higher levels of these pathogens present than the earliest calves experienced, and as a result, the later-born calves are at higher risk of getting sick.

One method that many producers have been successfully implementing in Nebraska for years to break this chain of transmission is called Sandhills Calving. This method involves keeping cow-calf pairs with only calves born in the same one- to two-week period together until the youngest calves are at least a month old. This prevents amplification of pathogens from continuing to accelerate and provides a fresh start for each one- to two-week cohort of calves.

When cow-calf pairs are in pens in the spring, the calves need a clean, dry place to lie down. Usually, this needs to be somewhere that the cows can’t get into. It needs to be out of the wind. Shelter can be beneficial if the ventilation is adequate. Producers demonstrate a lot of creativity in designing and building simple, cost-effective calf shelters. Sometimes it can be as simple as an electric fence stretched diagonally across the corners of the pen, raised high so calves can go freely underneath, but the cows are fenced out. This allows calves an “escape” where they can lay in some clean dry straw or corn stover.

The best way to judge whether a calf with a loose stool needs treatment is by its attitude and appetite. If it is bright, alert, active and interested in eating, it is likely doing alright. If the calf is listless, moving slowly, ears drooping, and does not appear to be interested in eating or nursing, treatment is likely needed. One exception to that would be if there was blood in the feces. That should be treated quickly.

Fluid replacement is the cornerstone of treatment for scours, though antibiotics may also be necessary in certain situations. A calf that can stand may respond well to treatment with oral electrolytes, but a calf with diarrhea that won’t or can’t stand is very likely in dire need of intravenous fluid therapy. Your veterinarian can help you develop a plan for treating scours in calves if the need arises.

–UNL Extension

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Inside Keith Lemon aka Leigh Francis’s funky home with leopard print carpets, cow skin rugs and Bo Selecta B – The Sun

FUNNY man Keith Lemon, real name Leigh Francis, has exactly the zany, quirky kind of house interior you’d expect from the wacky presenter.

It features leopard print carpets, cow skin rugs, The Bear from Bo’ Selecta!, and a life size cutout of Bros star Matt Goss.

 Keith Lemon, aka Leigh Francis, has been giving his Instagram followers a look inside his home

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Keith Lemon, aka Leigh Francis, has been giving his Instagram followers a look inside his homeCredit: Instagram

Due to lockdown, Leigh has been filming episodes of ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and various other content from his North London home, which has given fans some rare glimpses of inside his house.

The star, 47, lives with his family – wife Jill, and daughters Matilda and Dolly – near Primrose Hill, Camden.

Posting to Instagram, Leigh shared a look at his makeshift studio where he’s been filming the majority of his content, complete with an epic home bar.

There are shelves on the wall at the back of the room filled with bottles of spirits including gin and vodka, while the serving area has been trimmed with a huge Celebrity Juice logo.

 The walls are painted in cream with lots of added decoration

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The walls are painted in cream with lots of added decorationCredit: Instagram
 Leigh has some great action figures

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Leigh has some great action figuresCredit: Instagram
 There are lots of skateboard decks on the wall

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There are lots of skateboard decks on the wallCredit: Instagram
 Leigh and Jill have a huge bedroom

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Leigh and Jill have a huge bedroomCredit: Instagram

Against one wall is a gorgeous large Chesterfield-style leather sofa, while on the walls hang a selection of framed photos and posters including one from The Keith and Paddy Picture Show.

There are also movie posters of cult 80s films, Teen Wolf and Teen Wolf Too. Leigh is obviously a big fan as he also has a doll of the character next to his desk.

Fans of Leigh will be able to spot memorabilia from throughout the comedian’s career – including the bear from his show Bo’ Selecta.

There’s also life-size cardboard cutouts of himself and Bros star Matt Goss.

 Leigh has put posters and photos all over the walls

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Leigh has put posters and photos all over the wallsCredit: Instagram
 The amazing carpeted stairs

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The amazing carpeted stairsCredit: Instagram
 Keith got one of his daughters to run down the stairs with him

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Keith got one of his daughters to run down the stairs with himCredit: Instagram
 Teen Wolf in all his glory

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Teen Wolf in all his gloryCredit: Instagram

To give the room a touch of mood lighting, Leigh has added neon strip lighting to add to the atmosphere.

In addition to lots of trinkets and quirky ornaments, there’s also Leigh’s 2016 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance.

Leigh has some seriously cool touches on the walls, including limited edition Andy Warhol skateboard decks.

Although Leigh is notoriously private when it comes to sharing photos of his children on Instagram, he did show off his adorable daughter Dotty earlier this week dressed in a Spiderman mask.

However, all eyes were firmly on the INCREDIBLE leopard-print carpet adorning the stairs.

Set against dark wooden stairs, the roar-some runner looks fresh and sophisticated.


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