The Washington Post story is titled, “ Report Targets Cost of Factory Farming .” USA Today ’s story begins, “The way America produces meat, milk and eggs is unsustainable, creates significant risks to public health from antibiotic resistance and disease, damages the environment and unnecessarily harms animals, a report released Tuesday says.” The Wall Street Journal’s coverage focuses both on the problems caused by factory farming, and the Commission’s conclusion that the “agriculture industry is exerting ‘significant influence’ on academic research.” And the Des Moines Register’s piece highlights the fact that the Commission is accusing “some livestock interests of trying to disrupt a wide-ranging study of the industry by threatening to yank financing for scientists and universities.”
Smart investors are disciplined investors. Professional investors know when to take profits as well as when to cut their losses. Their primary concern is the preservation of capital and not necessarily hitting a home run every time they step up to the plate.
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I too have farmed many types of livestock. And crops too. I have always found that the best use of my time is not fighting nature, but observing it so I can work with it instead. Sometimes I see where Gardner God has “planted” something and this is my clue as to what would best grow in that spot. This afternoon, I need to catch my sheep for shearing tomorrow. I notice sheep mostly tend to follow fence lines. So we have set up a dead end at a corner of a corral. We move slowly and corner the sheep at one end and as we ease closer, our sheep often then move along the fence into the dead end where we have a cattle panel waiting to close off the dead end. This saves us from having to run ourselves to death and needlessly stressing the sheep. Your article is an asset to any farmer seeking to improve their operations and save them needless work. I think as farmers we can give testimony to folks that nature and the nature of animals have superior intelligence to our own. Humans have much to learn. Thanks for your insight.