Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Swiss Cows Able To Tell Farmers They’re In Heat Via Text
Swiss dairy cows may now be able to tell farmers that they are in heat using text message technology. Sensors implanted in the cows are reportedly able to detect the shift using electronic heat detectors, according to The New York Times. These sensors then send a text message to the farmer’s phone. In addition to getting an alert, participating farmers can also opt to receive messages in either German, French or Italian – the three primary languages of Switzerland – as well as English or Spanish. The new technology allows farmers to take advantage of mating opportunities as they come. “Our recognition rate is about 90 percent,” Claude Brielmann, a computer specialist who helped design the system, told the Times. Though many in the industry are encouraged by the technological development, proponents of animal rights have reportedly expressed concern regarding the kind of stress placed on cows to necessitate such technology...more
Those Cow Texts are probably better than texts from fat-fingered me.