Heard about this Pokémon Go craze? If you’re like us you’ve heard but willingly try to avoid learning about the mindless game that’s distracting millennials from the real world. There’s the Baltimore driver that hit a police car while playing Pokémon Gofor instance. And the criminals who reportedly used Pokémon Go to lure victims to a remote area and rob them at gunpoint.

More incredulous, the New York Times reports you can find “Pokémon Sherpas” on Craigslist who – for $20 per hour – will help “level up” your Pokémon account, hatch “eggs” and even “walk your dog if needed.”

But wait, what would a fad be without a faux PETA controversy? PETA has taken time out of their hectic schedule harassing factory farmers to note Pokémon Go involves Pokémon fighting each other, like dogfighting or cockfighting. PETA is on a campaign to free captured Pokémon and it has declared its LA office a Pokémon sanctuary.

Theo Rescue

Our friend’s over at Farm Journal’s MILK noticed the story about the rescue of a dairy calf by Farm Sanctuary they’ve named Theo.

When Theo first arrived at Peace Ridge Sanctuary he was a Jersey bull, but has grown into a steer the size of the sanctuary’s tractor. Yes, even the folks at the sanctuary recognized that harboring a Jersey bull for the next decade would be…well dangerous, so they took preventive action.

“Though small in stature, the only thing more aggressive than a Jersey bull is a raging White Rhino on methamphetamines. So the Peace Ridge folks, not being stupid and doing what every farmer would do, had Theo the bull become Theo the steer.”

Mining to Dining

China has shown signs of wanting more beef, and some wealthy Australians are gearing up to supply that demand.

This week Australia’s richest woman, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, purchased two northern cattle stations that total about 1.36 million acres and 40,000 head of cattle. Last year she purchased a Western Australia cattle station. Australia exported record amounts of beef to China last year and signed a deal to send live cattle to Asia. Rinehart and other mining magnates are investing in agricultural assets in what is called the country’s “mining to dining boom.”

Ranching Heritage Prairie Talk

If you’re interested in cowboy tales and ranching folklife, Jim Hoy and other members of the Hoy family will share their own trailblazing stories of cowboys, cattle, folklore and education in a community dialog at an historic ranch near Matfield Green, KS, on Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m.

Jim, a fourth-generation Flint Hills native, is director of the Center for Great Plains Studies and professor emeritus at Emporia State University. An authority on the folklife of ranching, he has published 17 books and more than 100 articles on the topic. The Hoy family has been ranching in Kansas since the 1870s; they are well-known for their dedication to preserving the Flint Hills and its stories.