Conspiracy theories aren’t just limited to flying saucers in New Mexico, NASA faking the moon landing or Elvis faking his death.

Chicken producers are under the magnifying glass for what is described as “capacity discipline.” It is alleged that chickens are being slaughtered prior to typical end weights, more eggs going to Mexico and competitors are buying each other’s poultry product to keep supplies low and prices high. Sounds like conspiracy theorists better take that aluminum foil off their heads and put it around their roasting hens.

Beef packing math

Economists have noted for years that America’s beef packing industry has excess capacity. Cassandra Fish, who writes The Beef and is a veteran livestock market analyst, describes how that excess capacity affect the motive of packers.

 “The current fed cattle slaughter capacity at 48 hours per week is about 552,000 to 562,000 head, way more than enough to handle current fed supplies. But the years of being forced to run reduced hours of 32 and 36-hour work weeks resulted in the loss of skilled labor at most if not all plants.” Additionally, she writes, the U.S. packing industry reduced its weekly kill capacity by 90,000 head from 2005 to 2014.

Burger hotdog = hamdog

Some of the greatest inventions include the wheel, the telephone and the Internet.

Now, it seems the greatest thing since sliced bread, is actually a bun. The Hamdog was invented by Australian Mark Murray in 2004. It combines the bread shapes surrounding burgers and hotdogs to create a perfect meat union.

The Hamdog inventor took his buns to Australia’s Shark Tank last year and he sells the “party in your mouth” across Australia.

Murray is now trying to sell his U.S. patent, but will retain his intellectual rights in Australia.  A Hamdog retails for about $6 with all the fixings.

West Nile Found in Colorado Horses

Twelve horses in Colorado are infected with West Nile Virus.

The virus can be prevented by vaccinating horses but if unvaccinated, a horse can be infected by mosquitoes. “Strict insect control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of West Nile Virus. I encourage livestock owners to keep an eye out for standing water for mosquito populations,” said State Veterinarian, Keith Roehr.