“Cow Cuddling” is Now a Thing!


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

A well-known poultry producer is the first company to enter into a plea agreement regarding what government prosecutors allege was an effort to fix prices. Pilgrim’s Pride announcing in a release it will pay a 110.5 million dollar fine after striking a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice. Prosecutors have claimed there was a seven-year effort to inflate prices across much of the U-S chicken Industry. Current and former employees of other chicken companies have been charged. The deal with Pilgrim’s Pride is subject to court approval.

Officials say they were unsuccessful at live-tracking a so-called murder hornet. The Washington State Department of Agriculture says an entomologist actually used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, but they lost signs of her when she went into a forest. A previous attempt to capture and track a live hornet by gluing on a tracker also failed. About 18 of the hornets have been found in the state.

It’s something farmers probably already know, but the world is just starting to discover it, we’re talking about cow hugging. It’s a therapy practice that originated in a town in the Netherlands. And the BBC reports it is gaining in popularity. It reports cow cuddling is believed to promote positivity and reduce stress by boosting oxytocin in people, and it can be accentuated when cuddling with larger mammals.

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