The day after Texas experienced weirdly warm temperatures and Christmas tornadoes, a blizzard slammed across the western part of the state. A dozen people were killed by the storms, and now, another tragic death toll has been reported: More than 35,000 dairy cows lost their lives.
When you first see Blosom, a cow that measures in at 6 feet 2 inches from the hoof to the withers and is the Guinness World Record’s tallest cow ever, you can’t help but laugh. You don’t scream fake (that’s the second thing you do) or analyze the photo’s misleading angles meant to exaggerate the cow’s size (that’s the…
Every year, cows kill more people than sharks. And yet nobody ever makes a horror movie about them, and there's no Cow Week. These deadly beasts have managed to stay completely under the radar... until now. Find out just why cows are so deadly.
Dairy farmers routinely feed their cows a finger-sized magnet, which settles in the digestive tract to help keep the cows healthy. Wait what? This is no bizarre homeopathy, but rather a legitimate treatment for a stomach-churning ailment called "hardware disease."
"We have happy cows in Kansas," notes farmer and YouTube star Derek Klingenberg. His latest endeavor involves taking aerial images of his field as his cows mob together to create two eyes and a smiley face, guided by the almighty allure of a feed truck.
Witness this farmer creating an smiley using his cattle—because that's what you do when you have cows, a truck, food, and a drone.
Before there was the cow, there was the auroch, a sinewy beast that roamed Eurasia by the millions. And over thousands of years, humans bred the creature into the millions of milk-and-steak-machines we have today. The last auroch, however, died in the 17th century. A group of scientists now want to bring back the…
This guy is the Pied Piper of cows, except with a trombone. And instead of playing an old-time jig, he wails out Lorde's "Royals." Truly, this man is some sort of wizard hero.
Ever wondered where your food comes from? Well, before they get turned into prime rib and burgers, cows have to be raised and handled by real men and women — cowboys. Yes, they really do still exist and this is what they do.
There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And these 1,300 pound (average weight for both a beef and dairy cow) animals eat a lot. Much like humans, when they eat, gas builds up inside of their guts and has to be expelled. (See
Take a dip in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, visit a surprisingly musical milking parlor, get swept away by the surreal majesty of "underwater rivers," and go birding in the urban alleyways of Cambodia—all in this week's landscape reads.
So this is the situation. Human tastings are a crucial component in milk safety evaluations and by extension the dairy industry as a whole. So the Future Farmers of America (FFA) have an event called the Milk Quality and Products Career Development. A big part of it is a milk tasting contest for high school students,…
A rapidly growing field of disease treatments now revolves around the use of antibodies. These immune system foot soldiers identify and neutralize foreign objects like bacteria and viruses, but producing them en mass for modern pharmacology is no simple task. That's why a team from Sanford Applied Biosciences in Sioux…
When a drive through America's heartland showcases mile after mile of cow-filled field, it's easy to overlook the most sobering of all possibilities. These wonderful delicious animals could all get wiped out one day, leaving the world burgerless and milk free. Don't worry. The USDA is on the case.
There's nothing like ending the day with a quiet ramble past the misty fields, full of gentle starships put out to pasture. I've always thought it was humane that starships are allowed to retire to such a beautiful place once they can no longer withstand the rigors of wormhole travel.
Twice a day, I pour my dog a bowl full of kibble, a specially formulated blend of barley, lamb, herring, and few other goodies I'm told will fully meet his nutritional needs. Sorting out my own nutritional needs is a bit more complicated. As much as I appreciate the variety afforded me by the bounty of fruits,…
I'd hate to be the IT guy fixing this network. By dropping electronic devices into the stomachs of cows and networking them together, researchers hope to reduce the climate-warming farts and burps they produce.
Hands up if you're lactose intolerant. Quite a few of you, huh? Well, welcome to the wonderful world of science, where researchers have genetically engineered a cow, just for you.
The problem: producing milk is stressful. So stressful, in fact, that it can make outward signs that a cow is in heat all but impossible to spot. The solution: vaginal text messages. Thanks to some handy new heat-sensing tech, cows are now capable of broadcasting SMS messages with their genitals to alert farmers that…
High in the Rocky Mountains, in Denver, Colorado, a group of ill-fated cows wandered through a snow storm and took shelter in an old ranger cabin. The cows died in that cabin, frozen solid, never again to see the light of day.