We've all seen those happy cow ads for California Cows. This is the process behind getting the animals to look like they're speaking in the commercials.
Although the rumor was that producers of the classic TV show "Mr. Ed" got the horse to talk by putting peanut butter in his mouth (it was really via a nylon string), the team at Deutsch LA goes through a significantly more rigorous process when getting real cows to "talk" in the famously happy California Cows' ads for milk.
In case you've been looking for a new read, check out this list of books centered around the cheese world.
Cheese, if you haven't noticed yet, is making headlines. And titles. Our artisan cheese culture is the most vibrant it's been in decades, and there's no lack of people who want to taste and read about its many delights, nuances, and history. It's an exciting cheese world out there, dairy girls and boys, and there are a plethora of books that explore its magnitude. So put down that slice of Alpine-style, pasture-fed raw milk cheese that's only made from April to October for long enough to pick up one of these reads. Reconsider that slice with one of these books in hand, and you'll feel closer to that fermented milk than you ever imagined you would.
Many dairy farmers are feeling the financial pressure to sell their cows. However, one Missouri farmer is holding out, stating that he saves money by letting his cows graze in pastures rather than buying them hay.
Dairy farming is an intense business that depends on inexpensive corn and hay. And the drought has driven those prices through the roof.
At a recent dairy sale, the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center sold nearly 800 dairy cattle-but not as milk cows.
This great post gives us a taste for what it's like to be a cheese judge at the ACS Conference. Gordon Zola tells us what kinds of cheeses are likely to win Best of Show, the conflicts that can arise when your favorite cheese is up for judgement, and how cheeses can win and lose points for the same attribute.
Whenever I get a chance to be a cheese judge at the American Cheese Society Conference, I grab it. I really do love it. I am honored to be asked – and that is part of it – but I love it mostly because it is pure cheese: just me, my mouth, and 1771 anonymous cheeses.
Of course I don’t have to taste all 1771 (or whatever a given year’s number is). Judges only have to taste around two hundred: one hundred assigned via category, then another hundred that won their class and are competing for Best of Show. Still, it’s a lot of cheese over the course of two days. I am not complaining, however. Not at all.
A couple weeks ago, we heard about the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine's petition to ban milk in school lunches. This week, the group has taken the fight to an ad campaign.
Forget the school vending machine fights. An anti-cheese group says that innocent-looking carton of milk on lunch trays is the real culprit for our children's weight woes.
The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit group known for bucking conventional nutrition wisdom, advocates for vegan alternatives to dairy. Earlier this year, it unleashed a campaign against milk-based products, showing people grabbing their excess fat and attributing the weight to cheese. Some folks called the campaign "obnoxious and offensive," but with the latest ad tactic, the group seems to have has toned things down a bit.
At long last, our dreams have come true and David Duchovny is starring in a movie called GOATS in which he plays a hairy "goat man" who hangs out with goats and bleats (that's the best part!) Watch the trailer below for the full synopsis:
In GOATS, Ellis (Graham Phillips) is the most adult member of his eccentric family at 15 years old. His mom (Vera Farmiga) is a New Age hippie that spends all of her time working on self-help rituals with her hustler boyfriend (Justin Kirk). His dad (Ty Burrell) left home years ago and is more focused on his new wife (Keri Russell) and family. And then there's Goat Man (David Duchovny), the goat-herding sage who has lived in their pool house since Ellis was a child, teaching him the meaning of stability, commitment, and expanding one's mind.
How here's a dish for summer...and fall, and winter and spring (alright, these would be delicious any time). Brought to you by Food52 we hope you enjoy them:
These blintzes are light, lemony and not too sweet. Our office mate Avi shared the recipe with me, which is his grandmother's, and I've been wanting to make it for months now. I finally did, and let's just say I'll be making it for years to come.
Happie the goat has surpassed all expectations and made the Guinness Book of World Records for "Farthest Distance Skateboarding by a Goat." Her record-setter was 118 ft/ 36m. Happie's owners are very proud. Watch Happie's skills below:
The National Milk Producers Federation is putting pressure on Congress to come out the farm and see just how tough it is to make a living. The goal is to underline the importance of passing the new five year Farm Bill before the end of 2012:
“NMPF believes this type of one-on-one dialogue will enable members in both the House and the Senate to see firsthand the need for passing a five-year farm bill, including the vital reforms to the nation’s dairy policy in the form of the Dairy Security Act (DSA),” said NMPF President and CEO Jerry Kozak.
While we were celebrating cheese in Raleigh last week, Madame Fromage was doing her own cheese celebrating, and simultaneously paving the way for next year's American Cheese Society Conference in Madison. She's got tips for anyone going next year:
Since the American Cheese Society 2013 Conference promises to be in the Dairy State next August, let me suggest a roadtrip. Wisconsin is an awesome state to explore for anyone who enjoys cabins and creamery hopping. Think of it as the Vermont of the Midwest — you’ll see beards, birds, and roadside cheese curds at every turn. My favorite areas outside Madison are: 1) The Driftless Region in the center of the state, where rock formations and rolling hills lead to blissful little hippy towns like Viroqua; 2) The Great River Road that runs along the Mississippi River, linking inns, biker bars, fish fries, and pie bakeries.