This unlikely pair share a bond so strong, Brisbane's RSPCA is adopting them out as a pair. CNN has video coverage of the twosome in their shared pen, where they eat and sleep together.
A third case of Schmallenberg virus has been detected among a flock of sheep in Jersey. Schmallenberg is spread by midges and causes stillborn or deformed livestock. The virus can affect all livestock, but is not harmful to humans, unlike Mad Cow, which is we posted a story on last week.
The States Vet Linda Lowseck said she was waiting for more test results, but she said dairy farmers needed to be cautious.
She said: "There is a concern for farmers because they may have cows which appear perfectly normal now but they are carrying deformed calves which will develop to full size but the cow will not be able to give birth on her own.
The British Cheese Board (BCB) is on a quest for a anthem, sung to the tune of "God Save the Queen," that celebrates cheddar cheese, which the BCB says is the UK's favorite cheese. The BCB is inviting songwriters and musicians to submit anthems. We posted earlier in the week that Alex James, the bassist from British band Blur, is in the running. Read that story here.
"In this year of celebrating all things British, the BCB is proud to be highlighting the amazing variety and popularity of British Cheddars and joining with UK cheese lovers to find a fitting anthem to this national treasure."
Cafe Gratitude in the Mission District of San Francisco will be closing its doors at the end of May, but fortunately The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen will be taking over the space, replacing one great eatery with another.
Pretty much since opening in 2010, The American has been bursting at the seams; Food & Wine declared it one of the best restaurant openings of the year. Since then, the 800-square-foot restaurant has been very, very busy, so a second location is anticipated to ease some of the strain on the original’s 200-square-foot kitchen, which does up to 600 orders a day (and they don’t even do dinner … yet).
New Hampshire is one of the few states where it's legal to sell raw milk and its popularity is growing.
New England Cable News profiles Kathie Nunley, a Granite state farmer with three Jersey cows, who sells their raw milk to the community. She has a wait list of over 70 people interested in buying her raw milk!
Interesting item from Africa, via IPP Media:
The World Health Organization recommends that people drink 200 litres of milk a year, but the average Tanzanian only drinks 43 litres. The Tanzanian Dairy Board recently announced a "milk drinking week" scheduled for the end of May 2012 to encourage people to drink more and help out local agriculture:
"Despite having millions of cattle, goats and sheep, Tanzania has failed to tap the dairy market.
The country has about 21.3 million cattle 90 percent of which are of indigenous types. It is estimated that annual milk production stands at over 1 billion litres but the rate of milk drinking among Tanzanians is very low.
The naming business is tough, especially when it comes to cheese. Emmi Roth USA has agreed to drop the name "gruyere" from its "Grand Cru Gruyere," in response to pressure from the Swiss Gruyere industry. According to the Monroe Times,
Emmi Group CEO Urs Riedener said in a statement the company's decision sends "a powerful message" in support of the Swiss gruyere industry, which is currently stalled in a trademark application of the phrase "le gruyere" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Emmi is a Swiss-owned company, and its Swiss parent company was critical in initiating the change:
Whole Foods Stores in New York City have begun selling their original "Point of Origin," a washed-rind, raw cow's milk cheese. The stinky cheese is washed in local Sixpoint Brownstone Brown Ale, and will be available in Whole Foods across the Northeast shortly.
Its grassy aroma, with a whiff of malt, does not announce its presence boldly. The sticky rind is beige and deepens in color as it ages; the satiny ivory cheese within is mellow, with a sweetly tangy bite. Not ready for Époisses? This is the cheese for you.
Triple Goodness, a promotional film from Foremost Dairies, celebrates the technological advances that modernized the dairy industry. The appeal of the film is its retro footage of a classic dairy farm and, of course, the milkman delivering glass bottles door to door.A Norman Rockwell-Worthy 1948 Film About Milk
Over at the Smithsonian Magazine's blog, writer Peter Smith muses on the supposed benefits of raw milk and what's really fueling the movement:
The health benefit of raw milk remains speculative and its risks remain high—milk is an excellent medium for the growth of pathogenic bacteria. But the GABRIELA study may hint at something else: the health halo of a nostalgic, if apocryphal, place. What little scientific research there is came from the Alps—a sort of Hunza Valley of the West—a place seemingly removed from the ills of modern society, home to Heidi and the curative powers of her grandfather’s goat’s milk (an idea in Nathaneal Johnson’s blog and forthcoming book, The Heidi Hypothesis). Then again, when has the quest for pure, natural foods really hinged on rational arguments?