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Most of them were originally developed as free-roaming estate guardians; they had more interaction with their owners and with friendly strangers than the livestock guardians, but considerably less than the herders or with late-developed breeds meant as bodyguards or police dogs. This has generally translated into middling biddability (innate willingness to follow directions, which is not quite the same as trainability), a very strong sense of territory, and independence in their modern ancestors. Molossers use their size and mass to subdue their target as much as their jaws, so they tend to [more...]

Date: 2007-09-30 01:23:36

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Monsanto And How They Plan On Taking Over The World ...

At this time DeKalb was coming off the 40/40 (40% moisture-40lb test weight) years and were really struggling!!! I am not sure of this but I would imagine Monsanto probably didn’t think DeKalb had much of a future. Kind of ironic isn’t it? In return for letting them use their seed as the platform for the RR gene, Monsanto offered Pioneer and NK a deal. A one time, up front fee in exchage for lifetime use of the RR gene in their soybean seed.  I am sure at the time Monsanto did not have any idea how big of a mistake they had made and absuloutly no idea how fast and to what scale the RR [more...]

Date: 2008-11-07 05:02:54

The Funtoosh Page....Have Fun Bath !!!: Top 10 World's Heaviest ...

At his peak he weighed 486 kilograms (1,070 lb); at the time, the only scale that could be used to weigh him was a livestock scale. He was so enormous that his bedroom wall had to be cut out to extract him from his home. Then, he was rushed to a Sioux Falls, South Dakota hospital in an ambulance with extra-wide doors and a ramp-and-winch system that had to be dispatched from Denver. Gastric bypass surgery was thought to be his best chance for permanent weight loss. A second operation removed a mass of fat and skin hanging from his midsection. After 12 months, Patrick lost 260 kilograms [more...]

Date: 2001-02-01 08:00:00

The Beginning Farmer: High Tensile Electric Fence

Fact - When you combine a thunderstorm, new cows, and horses getting through the gate so that they are in with the new cows.... even welded cattle panels can't keep them in Dexters! Thank God for feed buckets. We caught 2 horses and 2 cows this morning with out having to chase anything! Oh, and white horns almost glow in the dark. lol I'm really hoping to take pictures when we have our fence installed so that you can see how they did it. We're paying someone to do it so that we can make sure it's done right and then we can do repairs ourselves... after we see our it's supposed to be done. But [more...]

Date: 2008-03-03 14:00:00

Pure Florida: Tree Treasure And Small Scale Capitalism

A few weeks ago, I went on a treasure hunt here at PFHQ. My quest would take me deep into my forest, along old fence lines, and even underground ... a little underground. I was seeking "fatwood" aka "lighter". Fatwood is the heavily resinous remains of old pine trees and it makes the most amazing firestarter aka "kindling". I've mentioned this stuff before, so bear with me if I repeat myself, repeat myself, repeat ... Fatwood is so resinous that even here in the land of wet rot and termites, the stumps of old pines that were harvested many decades ago, are still hard as a rock. That resin is [more...]

Date: 2007-12-11 11:43:00

The Rogers Park Inconsistent - Chicago, Illinois: The Letter ...

Some may question the above mentioned assumption of the Decatur grading system. Our other child, who is in a near gifted program at another renowned CPS institution received straight As. Perhaps, our younger child’s grades, not the test scores will catapult into a Young Academic admission in spite of lower test scores. Some parents presume that Young Academic Center is the best option, but I am not necessarily convinced. Taft also provides AP College credit to Academic Center Students. The kids probably prefer Young AC, because it is newer and has better facilities. However, I favor the [more...]

Date: 2008-03-09 09:57:00

Not all Texans ride horses to school: Another test screening rave ...

Even though this isn't necessarily a special effects kind of movie, some of them (especially the war scenes in the second half) are important because they convey the scope and scale of the story. Makes it feel bigger than just a love story between the rugged, outdoorsy, horseman and the sophisticated city lady. I found the aboriginal kid (who facilitates the thawing of Kidman's character through latching on to her as a mother figure) very genuine and believable, in fact that could be said of the whole cast. I really got into the story. One side note …Lurhman, Kidman, and Jackman are all [more...]

Date: 2008-10-07 02:17:00

Schneier on Security: Agriculture Security

The story is bull. Food has never been safer. What's changed is the demands we make. In previous centuries, getting enough calories and protein was our main challenge, and a few incidents of food poisoning was the acceptable cost. Note that the author says that "our food supply now" kills 5,000 Americans every year, but doesn't give comparative historical figures. Now we've solved the availability problem (and arguably gone too far), and started noticing the food poisoning. "Much of the available statistical evidence for the modern rise of food poisoning can be discounted, distorted as it is [more...]

Date: 2006-10-20 11:20:18

Pasture to Profit: Dairy Calf Rearing is Possibly the Most ...

Calf rearing is possibly the single most important job to get right on a grass based dairy farm. The reason I say that is that young stock or heifer rearing is potentially the real wealth creator on a dairy farm. Assuming that there is a tight block calving (9-12 weeks) & that empty rates are controlled below 10%.....surplus heifer calves can either be used to grow the business, improve the herd quality or be sold for cash. A successful heifer rearing unit on a grass based dairy farm can grow wealth in a very similar way to compound interest. It is effectively Dairy Compound Interest. [more...]

Date: 2010-02-08 12:29:00

The American Spectator : The Discovery Attacker: A True Green Believer

We find that the grain we previously fed to fatten livestock can now feed five times the U.S. population; so we have become able to alleviate malnutrition and hunger on a worldwide scale. ..... humanity uses its dominion over other animal species to pen them in cruel close confinement; to trap, club, and harpoon them; to poison, mutilate, and shock them in the name of science; to kill them by the billions; and even to blind them in excruciating pain to test cosmetics. [more...]

Date: 2010-09-02 10:09:00

E. coli Outbreak and Our Contaminated Food Supply ...

But the press fails to examine the true root cause of the problem.At first glance, we may think it's right to blame the grower and processor; however, an in-depth investigation into the source of the deadly strain of E. coli 0157:H7 .... This is a grave public health risk directly attributable to industrial-scale livestock production (factory-farming). • This agricultural area of California, where this latest contamination crisis originated, produces the majority of the [more...]

Date: 2006-09-27 17:10:21

Antibiotics in farming: has Tyson Foods shot itself in the foot ...

Indeed, early evidence suggests that the antibiotic bans are already leading to a lower prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in animal bacterial populations – and increased livestock growth rates. ... the environment, farm communities and animal welfare, the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production called for stricter regulation of antibiotic use in large-scale animal operations, stating that “the present system of producing food animals in the United States [more...]

Date: 2010-01-25 17:12:13

magiran.com: آرشيو پزشكي ايراني،

Materials and Methods: In this study، 22 heavily dependent، 37 lightly dependent and 30 non- smokers were recruited using the mFTQ score، a widely used test of nicotine dependence. All participants completed the Beck Depression Inventory، Cattle Anxiety Scale، Temperament، and Character Inventory and three other personality questionnaires intended to measure impulsivity: the Barratt's Impulsiveness Scale، Eysenck Impulsiveness Questionnaire، and Zuckerman's Sensation [more...]

Date: 2010-08-28 16:14:07

N Scale Kato Unitrack vs Atlas True-Track - TrainBoard.com

Here's an eBay tip: Did you know that when you search eBay (or make a purchase there and the search started here) that you are helping TrainBoard greatly? The traffic that we drive to eBay helps us pay our bills. Is there a model railroad product you are looking for? Type a road number or item description in the eBay search box and hit "Go." You may find what you're looking for and help TrainBoard at the same [more...]

Date: 2008-11-23 18:29:58

towing laws in california 2b inforced??? - Yamaha Rhino Forums ...

This is a discussion on towing laws in california 2b inforced??? within the Trucks, Trailers, Towing, and Hauling Discussions forums, part of the General Forums category; I heard through the grapevine chp might be pulln everybody over who looks over 10k pounds on the bumper [more...]

Date: 2008-09-03 04:09:32

Tru-Test Livestock Scale (Hill City) $1750

Hello! Today when I was surfing the web, I ran across this scale for sale. Here are the details: Tru-Test Livestock Scale (w/ a 8’-4” x 2’-10” Cow Country Containment). This scale has two 2500 lb load bars (total 5000 lb capacity) with an AG 500 digital readout. We have a great place to advertise your digital gram scale…RIGHT HERE! We will place your ad on our website for FREE! If you are interested, contact us. Check us out [more...]

Date: 2010-09-16 23:16:10

Gallagher takeover bid for Tru-Test | Stuff.co.nz

Security specialist Gallagher is on the prowl again for agricultural product maker Tru-Test, seeking a friendly takeover that would create a group with revenues of $280 million a year. Hamilton-based Gallagher, which makes fencing and security systems for world agriculture, industry and residential markets, recently bought a stake of nearly 20 per cent in Auckland-based Tru-Test from Livestock Improvement Corporation. The move is a reprise for Gallagher after the Commerce Commission turned down an attempted hostile takeover six years ago. Chairman and chief executive Bill Gallagher said [more...]

Date: 2010-07-25 17:00:00

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