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Your Milk May Soon Come From Cows That Can Text

Sensor can track basic health metrics, predict pregnancy with 95% accuracy

(Newser) - Cows across 350 farms in nearly two dozen countries around the world are now embedded with hot-dog-sized wireless sensors in their stomachs. It may sound a bit Orwellian to some, but the idea is to help larger farms better manage their herds—by catching major health changes early and then... More »

Feds Want to Destroy 45K Wild Horses

Holding pens are overcrowded; critics say Bureau of Land Management is mismanaging

(Newser) - There are 45,000 horses no one wants, and the US government is suggesting destroying them all, the Verge reports. In what an exec for the Humane Society calls "a complete abdication of responsibility for their care," the Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro... More »

3rd Muslim Man Killed Over Beef

This time, an 18-year-old burned to death

(Newser) - For the third time in less than a month, a Muslim man has been killed over beef. In the most recent incident, an 18-year-old truck driver was burned in the cab of his truck in an Indian-controlled part of Kashmir Oct. 9 because he was suspected of transporting beef; he... More »

Bizarre Theft: Cow Gallstones

They're used in alternative medicine

(Newser) - Do a quick scan for "cow gallstones" on the Alibaba website and you'll see that they're quite in demand, whether you want to buy them by the gram, kilogram, or ton. So a 38-year-old Australian man accused of stealing a whole bunch of them must have thought... More »

Cow Escapes Slaughter, Gets Shot by Cop

2 more still on the run from Idaho plant

(Newser) - A cow that jumped a 6-foot fence when it was about to be slaughtered led cops on a wild chase through the streets of Pocatello, Idaho, before it was shot dead and brought back to the slaughterhouse. The 1,000-pound heifer—which kept running after a police officer shot it... More »

Beef: Meat Industry's Worst Eco-Offender

Raising cattle takes up 160 times as much land as plants, study finds

(Newser) - Think drive-thru cheeseburgers are cheap? Think again. What may be light on the wallet is heavy on the planet, according to a new study on the environmental costs per calorie of beef, pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs—which, combined, make up 96% of the calories Americans get via animal sources.... More »

Radiation? Bah, Japanese Farmer Won't Budge

Masami Yoshizawa makes a stand after nuke plant disaster

(Newser) - A farmer is defying evacuation orders around Japan's Fukishima nuclear plant, saying he'll stay in the radioactive wasteland to keep cattle alive—even if it puts his health at risk, the New York Times reports. "These cows are living testimony to the human folly here in Fukushima,... More »

After Cows' Feet Fall Apart, Feedlot Drug Is Questioned

Reuters' special report zeroes in on Merck's muscle-building Zilmax

(Newser) - It's no surprise that America's cattle are pumped full of pharmaceuticals , but Reuters digs in to one particular drug—a muscle-building feed additive known as Zilmax that's manufactured by Merck and has been available in the US since 2007—whose alleged ill effects may be painfully visible.... More »

Sustainable Farm Fuels the Left's Sheldon Adelson

Hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer pushes environmental issues

(Newser) - A hedge-fund billionaire and his wife, a community bank CEO, originally aimed to use their 1,800-acre California ranch to show off soil conservation techniques—but today, it's become a model sustainable farm, and apparently a highly profitable one. At TomKat Ranch, Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor raise grass-fed... More »

Rustlers Target India's Sacred Cows

As meat consumption rises, so does black market beef

(Newser) - Cows are famously regarded as "sacred" in the Hindu faith, and as such, killing cows is illegal in much of India. But as the country increasingly develops a taste for beef, a black market of illegal slaughterhouses is also growing, and alongside it, cattle rustlers are stealing more and... More »

US Cattle Herd Smallest in Six Decades

Drought takes a toll in the heartland

(Newser) - The severe drought that scorched pastures across the American heartland last summer helped shrink the US cattle herd to its smallest size in more than six decades and encouraged the movement of animals to lusher fields in the north and west. The National Agricultural Statistics Service said today that the... More »

As Corn Prices Jump, Cattle Fed Candy

...at least that's what one Kentucky rancher is doing

(Newser) - If you're wary of the antibiotics and hormones fed to America's cattle, brace yourself: Some of them are also being fed candy. WPSD reports on one Kentucky rancher's "solution" to the exploding price of corn. The owner of Mayfield's United Livestock Commodities explains that "... More »

Drought Forcing Ranchers to Sell Cattle

Which means you can expect beef prices to go up

(Newser) - The lingering drought spanning much of the nation is leaving farmers with wizened pastures and crops, forcing them to sell off cattle—and fast. The AP spoke to several ranchers, including Ken Grecian of Kansas, who has already sold 40 pairs of cows and calves since the dry spell began.... More »

No More Cowbell: Austria Court Bans Noisy Clangers

Judge sympathizes with neighbors losing sleep

(Newser) - More cowbell is no longer an option in a small Austrian town. A judge has ordered a farmer near the small town of Stallhofen to remove the noisy apparatuses from his cattle because neighbors were losing sleep, reports Der Spiegel . The farmer had refused their pleas, claiming the bells... More »

Texas Cattle Die-Off Linked to Grass

USDA checking for mutations in grass that produced cyanide gas

(Newser) - A sudden die-off of almost an entire herd of Texas cattle has been linked to a hybrid of Bermuda grass, reports CBS . Fifteen of the 18 animals on an 80-acre Elgin ranch began bellowing, went into convulsions, and quickly died three weeks ago when they were let loose on the... More »

Meat Cutters Discover a New Steak

Get ready for the Vegas strip steak

(Newser) - Good news for carnivores and not so good news for cattle: People who specialize in such things say they've found a new cut of beef from a cow called the "Vegas strip steak." Business Insider picks up on the weird scoop from the Drovers Cattle Network , which... More »

Florida Ranchers Give Returning Panthers a Break

Their cows are disappearing, but they're working with conservationists

(Newser) - Florida’s endangered panther population has come a long way; thirty years ago there were just 20 of the big cats left, whereas now there are more than 160 of them. That’s the good news. The bad news? Panthers will be panthers, and Florida ranchers are reporting increasing deaths... More »

Aussies Ban Indonesia Cattle Exports After Shocking Videos

Images of slaughterhouse cruelty horrify nation

(Newser) - Australia has banned the export of live cattle to Indonesia amid a public outcry over cruelty in the Islamic country's slaughterhouses. Horrific images broadcast on Australian TV last week showed cattle being whipped, kicked and beaten before painful slaughter. Some cows were left to bleed to death after repeated... More »

Mankind Wipes Out 2nd Virus

Rinderpest's eradication 'biggest achievement in veterinary history'

(Newser) - Scientists say they have eradicated the deadly cattle virus rinderpest, marking only the second time in history that humanity has wiped out a viral disease. Smallpox was wiped out 30 years ago. Rinderpest—which originated in Asia and spread around the world with invaders from Genghis Khan onward—was capable... More »

Outlook Good for 'Miracle' Two-Headed Calf

Egyptian farmer says baby animal is expected to live

(Newser) - A farmer in northern Egypt says his cow has given birth to a two-headed calf that he calls a "divine miracle." Sobhy el-Ganzoury said Saturday it took two hours and much pulling to deliver the rare calf. He said the difficult birth weakened the calf's legs. The farmer... More »

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