Remember the hamburger?
When I was a kid, I adored the taste of a hamburger. It was simply awesome. Over the years I lost my love for the hamburger. How did this happen? Were my taste buds changing, or has the hamburger changed? For years I believed that I had aged and my food preferences had matured.
Then in the 1980's I found myself living on a farm and running a small beef cow/calf operation. I had 2 Angus, 1 Hereford and 2 Charolais cows. I would go to livestock auctions to see what was going through the ring and one day an incredible Angus cow was brought out with her fat little bull calf. The cow was not for sale but the calf was and the cow was brought out to show the lineage. I was the winning bidder for the calf which kind of surprised me to be so lucky. I concluded none of the big buyers present needed a bull calf that day. The truth was elsewhere. When I got the calf home I put him in the barn (it's good practice to keep a new animal separated from your herd in case he has cooties) he began eating hay immediately. This was odd because he was too young to be eating hay already. He also seemed to be coughing quite a bit. Not wanting to take any chances with infecting my herd I hauled him to a large animal vet in my Chevy van. He was found to have pneumonia and was infested with worms which was what gave him his nice round appearance, he was also about 6 months old, not a month old like I thought. This explained the hay eating. Thinking back I remembered something I observed in the auction ring but disregarded at the time. The mother cow was avoiding the calf totally. Apparently she had never even seen this calf prior to being brought into the ring with him. The other, far more experienced buyers didn't miss this fact and withheld bidding. They could see the scam the auction was perpetrating by offing this runt on some shmuck (me) and I couldn't. WTH, I grew up in midtown Manhattan I had a lot to learn about cattle farming, apparently I needed educating about livestock auctions too.