Sunday, June 29, 2014

Calving on my Adopted Ranch

Boy oh boy is it calving season. I saw a new calf born every several hours yesterday. The cows were head butting the vultures coming in for extra protein.

This ranch has no breeding control. Calves are born throughout the year. Most of them are born in the spring. Some look like Red-Headed-Step Children. Seems the bull was not all Black Angus. Apparently, a Herford jumped the fence. They are so darn cute. Here is a picture we took last year. A white tail! wow

The owners must take these little guys somewhere else. I haven’t seen any of the lighter calves. I don’t understand that.. hehe Any ideas please comment.

Last Year's Calf

They keep the newborns away from the herd for a while until they can keep up. Since the calves are not familiar with the cars and truck, she/she is kept away from the road. We will not get good pictures yet unless I happen to see one born. It’s so rainy today I don't think I will go out.

We should get between 2-4 inches of rain by Saturday. Good thing our travel trailer is over a foot off the ground. This RV Park has been grades so the water drains to into the ditches. If it rains very hard, as it did a few days ago, you would think we were in the middle of a large pool. I love the rain, but not the humidity it brings.

Pre-packed Processed Food Damage

If you look at the ingredients label for a processed, packaged food, chances are that you won’t have a clue what some of the ingredients are.
That’s because many of the ingredients in there aren’t actual food… they are artificial chemicals that are added for various purposes.
This is an example of a processed food, an Atkins Advantage bar, which is actually marketed as a low-carb friendly health food.

Keep in mind that processed foods can contain dozens of additional chemicals that aren’t even listed on the label.
For example, “artificial flavor” is a proprietary blend. Manufacturers don’t have to disclose exactly what it means and it is usually a combination of chemicals.
For this reason, if you see “artificial flavor” on an ingredients list, it could mean that there are 10 or more additional chemicals that are blended in to give a specific flavor.

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For more than 30 years, scientists have examined the relationship between food coloring and hyperactive behavior in children, but with mixed results. To date, no conclusive evidence has been found to show that food coloring causes ADHD. Some studies, though, have suggested an association between the two. Most likely, ADHD is caused by the combination of changes in brain structure, environmental factors, and heredity.

Can food dye cause hyperactivity?

A study by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency in 2007 showed that the consumption of foods containing dyes could increase hyperactive behavior in children. In the study of 3-, 8- and 9-year-olds, children were given three different types of beverages to drink. Then their behavior was evaluated by teachers and parents.
One of the drink mixtures contained artificial food colorings, including:
  • Sunset yellow (E110)
  • Carmoisine (E122)
  • Tartrazine (E102)
  • Ponceau 4R (E124)
It also contained the preservative sodium benzoate. The second drink mixture included:
  • Quinoline yellow (E104)
  • Allura red (E129)
  • Sunset yellow
  • Carmoisine