A healthy set of quadruplet calves in Texas, a kid prodigy auctioneer in Minnesota, and a much needed education about hormones and antibiotic use in production agriculture.
Two is company, three is a crowd, and four is a party
Imagine walking out into your herd and finding a cow that had triplets – now imagine if that cow wasn’t quite done, and popped out a fourth calf. That was the surprise a retired couple received on March 16, when their crossbred cow, #15, calved.
“We didn't think she was due, even for one calf,” Dora Rumsey-Barling of DeKalb, Texas, says in an interview with KCTV 5 News. “She lay down and the fourth one started coming out and we watched the birth of the fourth one,” recalls Dora. “It was really exciting. The adrenaline was flowing with us!”
Amazingly enough, all calves were born healthy, but #15 has had to have help raising them, getting assistance from a neighbor’s Jersey cow.
According to Veterinary Obstetrics and Genital Diseases, the odds in having a quadruplet calves born alive are 1:11.2 million, reports KCTV 5 News.
And then there is this kid
Meet Cash Owens, a 10-year-old auctioneering prodigy from southern Minnesota. It all started on a road trip to Montana with Cash, his dad and an auctioneer friend. By the end of the trip, Cash had the chant down, with his dad saying every rock, fence post and tree along the way had been auctioned off.
The Owens family owns and operates Blue Earth Stockyards, with the entire family pitching in to keep the yards running. This includes Cash spending some time on the auction block.
Click here to watch the video. You won’t be disappointed.
“The Real Story” on hormones in meat
On March 12, Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson interviewed Cheryl Casone, anchor and financial contributor for Fox Business Network, on her “My Friends at Fox” segment.
The topic of discussion started off being Tyson Foods Inc. removing gentamicin from use in their hatcheries, since the antibiotic is also used for human treatment. It quickly turned to Casone saying she believes meat producers should be getting rid of all antibiotics and hormones, and should treat their animals humanely.
“The reason why it’s so important, and I’ll speak from a mother’s perspective for a minute, is that a lot of young girls, and boys for that matter, are going through puberty earlier than before,” responds Carlson. “And there have been links that they’re eating chicken and all these other kinds of products that have hormones in it.”
The next day, on his podcast “Loos Tales,” Trent Loos pointed out Carlson’s misinformation, stating that he is willing to give her another chance if she realizes her mistake, bringing to light that the chicken and pork industry don’t even use hormones.
That same day, Drovers CattleNetwork published an article by Amanda Blair with South Dakota State University on the myths of hormones in beef. The chart to the right was part of the article comparing hormone levels of an implanted steer to other common products - and it’s safe to say it’s not the meat making kids go through puberty more early on.
“Hand’s off my hotdog”
Several agricultural organizations are fired up after the recent release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended consuming less red and processed meat. The North American Meat Institute is one of them, and has started the “Hands Off My Hot Dog” campaign.
“Hot dog, sausage, bacon and salami lovers throughout the land stand together as Americans in favor of a balanced diet that includes meat and poultry of all kinds. We stand together as people who value personal choice and reject taxes on foods that elite academics deem unhealthy. We assert ourselves as intelligent, free thinking people capable of making decisions that are best for our families’ nutrition needs, traditions and personal budgets,” writes the organization in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
Saving the earth, one BBQ pit at a time
Speaking of meat, the Environmental Protection Agency made headlines this week after it started sniffing around backyard barbeques.
According to The Washington Examiner, funding will be given to the University of California to develop a “catalytic filtration system” to limit emissions from grease flare-ups.
“The school said that the technology they will study with the EPA grant is intended to reduce air pollution and cut the health hazards to BBQ "pit masters" from propane-fueled cookers,” says the article, which has, “potential for global application.”