As a species, we have largely categorized animals as Too Cute To Eat, Too Weird To Eat, or Meat. I do not understand these rules, because I think bugs, normally in the Too Weird category, and rabbit, normally in the Too Cute category, taste very good, while chickens (“Meat”) are terrifying salmonella dinosaurs.…
Gene editing research is moving quickly in China—researchers there have already edited human embryos, after all. But a team of scientists now have their sights set on the food supply. Ladies, gentelmen, etc., meet the first crop of tuberculosis resistant, genetically moo-dified cows.
I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don’t know where it goes, but it’s fucking littered with red Skittles that fell off of a truck en route to feed some cows.
Napoleon Dynamite takes a sip from a tall jar of milk, then sets it down next to two other jars. He points. “The defect in that one is bleach.” “That’s correct,” says a judge from FFA, the agricultural education organization. He sips another. “This tastes like the cow got into an onion patch.”
A massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand last weekend, leaving these poor, poor cows stranded. The ground around them simply disappeared.
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.