Bill Clinton is a “very open-minded vegetarian,” according to his wife and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. We know this because she sat down in New York’s Carnegie Deli with late-night host Stephan Colbert who asked the question.
Upon hearing that Bill is not a “smug vegan,” Colbert opined, “I think that legally makes him not a vegan.”
Colbert also asked Hillary about the worst food she had eaten on the campaign trail. “You don’t have to say what state, because we all know it’s Iowa,” he joked. “They’ll fry anything and put it on a stick down there.” Colbert is not alone in his efforts to ridicule vegans, but maybe more successful than most.
For instance, The Australian Meat Industry Council has urged meat eaters to shut up after its own report found it is more likely for non-vegans to talk about how often vegans talk about being vegan than for vegans to talk about being vegan. That’s according to Honi Soit, the weekly student newspaper of the University of Sydney, Australia. The students claim the report was “originally commissioned to discover new ways to ridicule vegans.” Sounds like a good use of checkoff funds.
"Guns, Gold & Rock 'N Roll"
There’s a little something for everyone at Badlands Pawn in Siouix Falls, S.D. There’s the 14-lane firing range, a foundry, a radio station, a tattoo shop and a casino. Oh, and the merchandise can be wheeled away in 45 minutes to make way for a music concert.
Chuck Brennan, CEO and founder of Badlands Pawn, say’s, “you’ll experience sensory overload” on every visit. He’s considering opening a second store, possibly in Nashville, Reno or Rapid City.
Profit Tracker: Shifting momentum
Cash cattle prices may have been stuck in neutral last week, but cattle feeders saw an impressive gain in margins as the price of feeder cattle factored into closeouts dropped significantly. Average cattle feeding margins ended the week $48 per head in the hole, a $138 improvement over the previous week, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker.
USDA’s 5-area cash cattle prices closed at $134.06 last week, just 9 cents per cwt. higher, but feeder cattle prices factored into closeouts were $123 per head lower than the previous week. Average breakeven prices declined from $148.27 per cwt. to $137.74. Feeder cattle prices averaged $177.53 per cwt. against the fed cattle sold last week, according to John Nalivka, Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. The total cost of finishing cattle marketed last week was $1,798 per head, $137 per head lower than the previous week.
Chinese to buy Australian mega-ranch
A Chinese-led group agreed to buy Australia’s most iconic cattle company in a deal valued at more than A$370 million ($288 million) after partnering with local investors. The venture, headed by a company controlled by Shanghai Pengxin Group, will purchase 80% of S. Kidman & Co., according to a statement Tuesday to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Australian Rural Capital Ltd. will take a 20 percent stake.
Founded in 1899 by so-called Cattle King Sidney Kidman, the company’s ranches span 101,000 square kilometers (39,000 square miles), or about 1.3 percent of Australia’s total land area, and carry about 185,000 cattle. The family-owned enterprise produces grass-fed beef for export to Japan, the U.S. and Southeast Asia