2013-05-18

Now that you're there clean my windows while you're at it!

Since she decided to park herself out there she can clean the outside of the windows while she is at it. Save me the trouble Jersey nuisance at get to it!!!

Winter fluffy

Little Ranger made for a bit of a photo opportunity yesterday. Standing there sheltering from the rain he's a cute little fella. All we need is a little cowboy to complete the picture.

2013-05-17

A Jersey Cow Terrorist slept outside my door!


Playing innocent as usual won't work. She can use all of the cute but I'm just your friendly neighbourhood Jersey Terrorist all she wants. She got a few more belts off the electric fence as well. Will she give up? No of course not.


2013-05-15

If you wouldn't eat your cat - then why would you want to eat a lion?



Would you eat your cat if a restaurant offered it to you as a gourment dish. At a guess most of us who have cats as pets, or would like to have one, would find such a suggestion absolutely abhorrent. Would you say if a restaurant had a lion or a tiger on the menu? In the USA such a thing has been occurring for the last few years. Now and then, in the headlines will appear yet another article about a restaurant offering lion meat on the menu. The latest controversy is in Tampa, Florida, where the owners of the restaurant Taco Fusion are offering lion meat as part of their safari menu.

"Since Taco Fusion, a Mexican restaurant known to offer unusual game meats like ostrich, camel, and bison in its tacos, added lion meat to its menu of "Safari Tacos" on May 2, the restaurant has had to field hostile calls from critics who are up in arms over the menu choice." - ABC News

Having a look at Taco Fusion's website makes for interesting reading in itself. Most of their posts seem to be about the missing husband of Carole Baskin the CEO of Big Cat Rescue, an intriguing aside to what is supposed to be the blog of a Mexican food restaurant. Some blog it is. Not much about food, and everything about other people they appear not to like very much. A few days later Taco Fusion withdrew lion meat from the menu.

They received intense backlash, even death threats.
"[People have been] coming into the establishment and throwing punches," restaurant manager Brad Barnett said.
"They say they are going to bomb us, burn us down, blow us up."
"They threatened to kidnap Brad and the owner," another manager, Bayardo Alvarez said. - Article by Ashley Davis


On the subject of Lion Meat itself? You might as well go and eat your own pet cat if you're willing to try a lion mean burger. New research has come to light that all members of the cat family including the family pet and the mighty African Lion all share a single common cat-like ancestor.

"Researchers say they have solved an 11-million-year-old puzzle: how a single feline-like ancestor in Asia spread throughout the world and developed into all modern cat species." - National Geographic News
Domestic cats and African Lions are all part of the Felidae family, also known as felids and felines, the family tree covers some 41 known species that currently exist today. Currently, the African Lion is on the decline. UK Charity organisation Lion Aid have stated the current African Lion population in the wild is down to a continental total of just 15,244 wild lions. A mere handful compared to the 200,000 or so back in the 1960s.


LionAid estimates that 645-795 wild lions remain in western and central Africa and that 14,450 wild lions remain in eastern and southern Africa -  for a continental total of 15,244 wild lions. - Dr Pieter Kat LionAid 
The answer is simple enough. Don't support any restaurants or suppliers that offer endangered species on their menu. If you can't eat your pet cat, then think of your pet cat, if you do decide to go spending money to try out the meat of the African Lion. It comes down to just another gimmick to get people to visit and dine at the table. By all means eat farmed animals such as Ostrich, cattle, sheep, deer and even Bison. But please avoid eating a predator, that is on the evolutionary scale of things, related to the cat that sits on your couch, shares your bed and is your companion. Lions don't sit on our sofas, or sleep on our beds, but genetically they are not too different from your loved feline pet.


Foiled!!!!!!!!!!


She has spent the last few nights destroying my garden. Finally I had a chance to do something about it. Terrorist went bouncing in to have another go at the trees, and found a shocking experience was in store. A couple of good belts later off the mains electric fence unit and she has given up on her latest invasion plans. Human 10 Jersey Terrorist 0.

I can tell she is not impressed. Last night she sulked outside the front door, and left several calling cards as pay back for being denied access to all trees and plants behind that darned ticking fence. Oh well...she will get her own back somehow...

2013-05-14

Putting on a bit of a show


I've had a couple of rather sleepless nights thanks to the darned Terrorist and her nightly raids on my garden. Yes it's my fault she should be fenced in, but as usual like all the rest of the stuff to get done around the place something comes up. Helping out a friend yesterday kind of took priority over making a new fence. I'll get around to it sometime this week - yeah...right. Anyway at 3 a.m. this morning the Terrorist was at my front door. I opened it and she promptly licked me with her wet slimy sandpaper tongue just to let me know what a fine job she had done of wrecking my trees. How nice of her NOT. Never mind they'll grow back event Sending Terrorist to the works will of course never happen. Anyway, earlier this year I took a heap of photographs of the Paparoa Show. My wonderful friend Janet breeds Miniature Hereford cattle. If you have a smaller block these cattle are ideal. the calf in the picture is named Riverlets Diamond. She is from Janet's previous yearling shown back in 2011 named Sparkler. Sparkler was a little madam at the 2011 show but a friend of Janet's sorted Sparkler out and she ended up behaving in the ring. This little heifer is her first calf and what a beautiful calf she is.

This little heifer is from another cow named Emma. I can't remember Emma's full registered name. This calf's name is Riverlet's Winsome. She's Emma's first live calf as the last one sadly was born dead. If you want to know more about Miniature Herefords then check out Janet's blog Hereminis. Janet has some great articles there she has written about this great smaller breed. We'll having Patrick one of Janet's bulls here later this year to get the two jersey cows in calf. He was just a calf when I first saw him back in 2010. The calves we get will be really nice animals. Great for the freezer!!!

If you aren't into cattle you could always try having Alpacas I suppose. Would you believe these animals are actually part of the camel family? No? Actually they are a kind of a camel, except they originate from South America and not the Middle East. This was a wether (castrated male) that was for sale from Kandia Alpaca Stud. They average at a cost of around $900 each which is a lot of money.l Still people do keep these as pets and for their fibre. One thing about Alpacas they don't cut up the land like horses and cattle can do.
Still on the theme of mini animals here. There's also the miniature horses which really are great little fun pets, however it still concerns me that these animals are being bred simply for profit and not much else. It was nice to see so many well cared for and very much loved mini horses at the Paparoa Show. But again, please don't get one unless you know what you are doing, or can count on the support and knowledge of someone else who does. And if you have no experience with horses, avoid buying a young horse altogether. There are so many now of these little horses nobody wants that many are being put down or end up like little Shadia did being passed on from owner to owner.


And last but not least at all were the rodeo guys. Every year they put on a great show for everyone. I just like this photo because it was a candid shot. I have a few of the barrel racing and the calf roping to post as well. So while I'm thinking up a yarn to write I hope you've enjoyed the photos. There will be more yet to come. And meanwhile I'll just go and put on the gumboots and chase the Horned Horror out of my garden now. No I can't win of course - I never will.