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It’s no secret we’re supportive of folks who produce and/or sell beef. At the same time, we think you have a right to know about those who would promote their product by ridiculing yours. That’s where Pete Maldonado, Founder & CEO of CHOMPS Snack Sticks fails the smell test.
Pete’s a beef lover, and says he grew up “eating Slim Jims,” which is a competitor of CHOMPS. How does a startup compete with Slim Jims? Well, Pete says he “wanted to create a healthy grass-fed version of those jerky snacks, without all of the garbage.” Then Pete built a website and writes a blog that confirms he needs a slap in the face with a manure-laden tail.
Here’s a snippet of Pete’s blog that put the burr under our saddle blanket. Describing feedlots, Pete say cattle are “shoved into small pens—nose to tail—and never allowed to go outside, walk around, and graze. It’s not surprising that the animals got weaker and sicker and needed bigger doses of antibiotics to fight disease.” Then he suggests this is the “kind of beef that can make you sick. These days, a steak or hamburger arrives on your plate filled with pesticides, GMOs, growth hormones, and antibiotics.” We give Pete’s blog 5 Pinocchios.
It’s all fun and games until…well, we’ll let you decide. We’ve held a regular spot in our Friday Funnies list for our friend at Farm Talk Newspaper who compiles a weekly Top 10 list. According to the publisher, the weekly list has been a regular feature for 30 years.
The author, Mark Parker, uses the list to take a humorous look at farm/ranch life, poking fun at cowboys, city slickers and, this week, farm wives.
Whoops! Several farm wives didn’t take kindly to the list, and Mark’s been beaten about the head and shoulders with a broomstick that wasn’t available to farm wives 30 years ago – the internet. Hang in there Mark!
A new study at the Journal of Hand Therapy (yes, a real thing) finds that millennial men may have significantly weaker hands and arms than men the same age did 30 years ago. According to a report in the Washington Post, the average 20-to-34-year-old today, for instance, was able to apply 98 pounds of force when gripping something with his right hand. In 1985, the average man could squeeze with 117 pounds of force.
With the 2017 transition to new antibiotic rules quickly approaching, veterinarians and producers still have time to minimize logistic and animal-health impacts by planning ahead. Those changes, centered around the FDA’s strategy for antibiotic stewardship in animal agriculture, will remove animal-performance claims from medically important feed antibiotics and require veterinary oversight for the use of most medicated feeds.