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Mad cow disease (possibly) strikes "diary sheep"
March 21, 2001 9:58 AM   Subscribe

Mad cow disease (possibly) strikes "diary sheep" Read the first paragraph carefully...
posted by tippiedog (28 comments total)

 
What's wrong with that? Maybe a first-person animal account of the horrors of this epidemic will increase public awareness of the problem.
posted by harmful at 10:11 AM on March 21, 2001


When they have blogs for sheep, then I'll be impressed.
posted by kindall at 10:15 AM on March 21, 2001


Yes, it's kind of dumb they said 'diary' instead of 'dairy' sheep. But that's not really what bothers me about the article. My God, maybe now that it hits the mighty U.S. at the same time as hoof and mouth disease continues to spread, people will start paying attention.
posted by u.n. owen at 10:17 AM on March 21, 2001


Well, you know, kindall, maybe those sheep aren't writing 3,000+ word essays. That upsets some people.
posted by lia at 10:19 AM on March 21, 2001


. . . whose large and remote farm in Greensboro was surrounded by police cars and men wearing bulletproof vests to round up his herd.

The real story here is that the sheep apparently were armed.
posted by Skot at 10:22 AM on March 21, 2001


Diary sheep?
Those are the sheep that chronicle the twists of feta in their lives.
posted by iceberg273 at 10:22 AM on March 21, 2001


I thought I was the only one that noticed that the men were wearing bullet proof vests.....Thought Maybe I was reading it wrong. I guess this kills the whole "eating defenseless animals" theory...I am so glad hunting is perfectly fair now, since the animals are gun totin' maniacs.
posted by bradth27 at 10:44 AM on March 21, 2001


They don't have blogs, but they do have bleats. :-)

This is a very serious problem, and hopefully someone in this country will realize what Europe has already.

The food supply is in danger as far as meat goes, and we need to take serious precautions. I wouldn't wish mad-cow disease on anyone, its a horrible disease.
posted by benjh at 10:46 AM on March 21, 2001


Getting past the typo, can somebody please tell me what the hell a dairy sheep is?! I loved drinking milk growing up, then I saw where it actually came from... [insert cityboy shudder here] To me the idea of milking sheep just seems... unnatural...
posted by m.polo at 10:56 AM on March 21, 2001


You've never had sheep cheese? At one pizza place we frequent in Cambridge, you can always choose between cow, goat, and sheep cheese for your pie.
posted by briank at 11:12 AM on March 21, 2001


Goat milk's bigger than you think.
posted by aaron at 11:14 AM on March 21, 2001


Man, I didn't mean to make light of a very serious article. The comments about the severity of this problem (as well as the severity of the response) are all right on target. But you would think that Reuters would assign a reporter who could write and run a spell-checker: "...diary [sic] sheep...", "...police cars and men wearing bulletproof vests...", and "...foot-and-mouth disease in Europe that has lead [sic] to ...".
posted by tippiedog at 11:18 AM on March 21, 2001


Those are things for grammar checkers, not spellcheckers. And grammar checkers take too long and are nowhere near 100% accurate. Wire service journalists want to get the story out. They can resend the article with grammar corrections later.
posted by aaron at 11:24 AM on March 21, 2001


I am so glad hunting is perfectly fair now, since the animals are gun totin' maniacs...

Uncle Jimbo: "Oh my God! It's comin' right at us!"
posted by jpoulos at 11:26 AM on March 21, 2001


Before everyone goes _completely_ mad, read this.
Scrapie has been around practically forever in sheep. It is endemic in most parts of the world. It is related to BSE, in that BSE was apparently caused by animal feed containing protein from scrapie-infected sheep. But this is not the first report of scrapie in the US, and neither should this be reported as "BSE hits the US."
posted by pascal at 11:27 AM on March 21, 2001


Don't forget, authentic mozzarella comes from water buffalo. Bring it on.
posted by gimli at 11:30 AM on March 21, 2001


``I think they (the USDA) wanted to grab them before the court could act,'' he told Reuters.

"Tuesday March 20.
"A bunch of mean, mean men came to the farm today.
"They made Mr. Freeman very angry. It was very rude.
"They didn't even have an invitation. Then they touched some
"of us in bad places. Baaaaaaaaaaaahrbarians!"
posted by Twang at 11:52 AM on March 21, 2001


When they have blogs for sheep, then I'll be impressed.

The closest thing I can find is lmichelle's inflatable sheep (and other passing fancies). It's not really for sheep or by sheep, but it is a blog and it has the word "sheep" in the title.

*iceberg realizes that he hasn't answered the question.* Oh. Don't bother being impressed.
posted by iceberg273 at 12:09 PM on March 21, 2001


Heck, you can milk anything with nipples.
posted by OneBallJay at 12:12 PM on March 21, 2001


Damn you accountingboy!
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 12:20 PM on March 21, 2001


I heard that those armed sheep had no disease at all, but were merely chanting "tomacco!" in that horrible sheep voice.
posted by sj at 12:52 PM on March 21, 2001


there goes the supplies of rocky mountain oysters, a delicacy, esp when taken from the sheep by Basque herders, who prefer biting to darned tools that seem to take longer and come between a man and his work.
posted by Postroad at 1:16 PM on March 21, 2001


Briank: Emma's Pizza! I love that place!
posted by solistrato at 2:26 PM on March 21, 2001


> To me the idea of milking sheep just seems... unnatural

Ever had pecorino Romano cheese? It's made from sheep's milk.
posted by chuq at 2:31 PM on March 21, 2001


Well, for a sheeplog, there's always Woolliam's page although it doesn't get many updates. (Semi-self-blog, I contributed some material to this page, which is for the unofficial mascot for the misc.writing newsgroup.)
posted by kindall at 3:04 PM on March 21, 2001


Whatever happened to those cool food discs that people ate in Buck Rogers? I'll bet no one in the 23rd century has to worry about this.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 4:11 PM on March 21, 2001


Venezuelan beaver cheese?
posted by rodii at 7:49 PM on March 21, 2001


When mad trout hits, we might as well call it quits.
posted by poodle at 10:32 PM on March 21, 2001


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