Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 8/25/2017
“Mooooove over!” Trying to find a seat at an eclipse viewing party
Unless you live under a rock, you heard something about the solar eclipse that went down on Monday (8/21). While some people were scrambling around last minute for proper glasses (and some saying IDGAF and going blind), others were gathering at dairy farms for a party. Shatto Milk Company, right outside of Kansas City, had upwards of 2,500 people at their dairy farm. Shatto processes and sells their own milk in glass bottles, and is notorious for creating limited edition versions for special events. The eclipse was honored with a bottle filled with black milk (double cookies and cream flavor). Other farms hosting events included Chaney’s Dairy Barn near Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Sweetwater Valley Farm north of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“Your poop smells like roses, but mine creates electricity.” Cows doing a mic drop
There is more to poop than meets the eye. 20,000 cows at Stotz Dairy in Buckeye, Arizona are turning poop in power – literally. They use a methane digester on the farm. The waste water from the dairy is collected, and run through the digester. Solids are used as fertilizer, and the remaining liquid is ‘milked’ for its methane gas, which is put through a generator. How powerful is there poop? There’s enough energy produced to fuel 487 homes. How many times can we say poop? So far, 5 times.
“I take nap right here.” 4-H kids snuggling with their cows
Showing dairy cows is a real thing, which is similar to people who show dogs or horses. There is an “ideal” cow for each breed (there are 7 different breeds of dairy cows) and cows are judged by how closely they compare to the ideal cow of their breed. It can get pretty serious from local, to national to WORLDWIDE competitions, however it can also be fun. This picture shows the bond that can be developed between a cow and it’s human – who is most likely showing through 4-H or FFA, student and youth organizations.
Picture of the week.
Joel Smith of Pennsylvania likes to make sure all of his cats get some milk too – doesn’t seem like the calf in the back appreciates his kindness.