Livestock Briefs: 6 arrested in cattle thefts

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Startup sells beef online direct from Washington-area farms 

An online startup that sells sustainable beef has expanded its service to Washington, D.C. 

WTOP-FM reported on Wednesday that Crowd Cow beefed up its reach to the Washington-area and is working with local farms nearby including Virginia ones in Front Royal and Beaverdam. 

The less than two-year-old Seattle-based startup uses a crowdfunding model to sell cuts of meat one cow at a time from small farms nationwide. Consumers log on to the company's website and select desired cuts from a featured cow. Once all the "steak holders" have claimed the animal's shares the cow is "tipped," credit cards get charged and the meat is shipped. 

Joe Heitzeberg says he and Ethan Lowry founded Crowd Cow to give consumers a convenient way to buy quality cuts directly from the farmer. 


Boaters say group stole pigs off California Delta island 

 Several pigs that were left four years ago on a small island within the California Delta have become the center of residents' debate after an animal-rights group took them off the island. 

The Sacramento Bee reports 10 people from Farm Sanctuary used a trailer and barge on June 13 to ferry six pigs off the island under the land owner's permission. Susie Coston, the group's national shelter director, says the pigs were not in good health and were being mistreated, but residents in the area disagree. 

Several boaters have been feeding the pigs and say on the island, the animals are truly "free." 

Delta boater Erlyn Lucas-Payne says the pigs were "stolen," not "rescued." But Coston says the pigs starved in the winter and were fed beer in the summer. 

The pigs were taken to UC Davis for veterinary care. 


6 arrested in separate FL cattle thefts

Six men have been charged in two separate cattle thefts at a Florida pasture, and authorities are trying to find eight missing cows.

Polk County Sheriff's officials say four cows and four calves were stolen in April from a Lakeland pasture. Investigators found its fence cut open.

In a Facebook post Friday, sheriff's officials said three men were arrested for grand theft of livestock and dealing in stolen property.

A tip led investigators this month to one suspect, who sold cattle for $4,000 at an April auction. The sheriff's office was working to find those animals.

In a statement posted Saturday, June 17. 2017, officials said three other men attempted to steal two more calves from the same pasture June 8. Those men face charges of grand theft of livestock and confining animals without food or water.


Jr National Hereford Expo expected to be record-breaking

The largest Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) to-date is set to take place July 15-21 in Louisville, KY, at the Kentucky Exposition Center. 

More than 920 junior exhibitors and their families will bring 1,835 head of Hereford cattle from 35 states to compete at the 2017 JNHE, totaling 2,200 entries.

The JNHE summer showcase provides an opportunity for competition of National Junior Hereford Association members and their cattle projects, as well as educational contests including extemporaneous and prepared public speaking competitions, individual sales competitions, photo contests and a livestock-judging contest.


Holstein Assoc. USA annual meeting, convention shaping up

Final preparations are underway for the 2017 National Holstein Convention and 132nd Annual Meeting, June 27 to July 1,in Bellevue, WA. The annual meeting will focus on Association business and featuring guest speakers.  
The Washington hosts have assembled a schedule highlighting the state's Registered Holstein® farms, historic sites and scenery. Keynote speakers include Dr. Dan Weigel and Michele Ruby.

Thirteen elite dairies will be recognized as Herds of Excellence and the distinguished Star of the Breed will be honored on Friday, June 30th as well as 40-year Members.  
Delegates will elect officers and directors during the Annual Meeting on July 1. Vice President Boyd Schaufelberger of Illinois is the candidate for president. Running for the vice president seat are John Bierbaum, MN, Jim Burdette, PA, and Corey Geiger, WI.

The culmination of the National Convention will occur at the awards banquet on Saturday, July 1, when the coveted Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Distinguished Leadership, and Elite Breeder award recipients will be honored.

The National Junior Holstein Convention will run simultaneously. The Association will also name its esteemed National Distinguished Junior Member finalists and recognize Young Distinguished Junior Member finalists, among other honors.