Animal Production

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Ever Wanted to Go Vegetarian? Now's the Time as Beef, Pork Prices Soar

    Thanks to a drought across much of the major cattle-ranching states and a deadly pig virus, we may soon be doing what those pesky Chick-fil-A cows are always encouraging on the billboards: "Eat mor chikin." Or veggies. Or tofu. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that beef prices ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Teach Your Kids That Cows Don't Make Artificially Sweetened Milk

    Let's face it -- kids are not consuming enough milk today. Most children would rather drink sugary juice or a soda rather than a glass of milk. The reason for these choices can be attributed to the fact that kids like foods with lots of sugar -- one ingredient that plain milk does not have. Unfort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Texas Cattle Ranchers Face a Trifecta of Worrying Issues, Which Means Higher Beef Prices in 2013

    This year will mark the 136th time the Cattle Raisers Convention has met, but it's in a climate that these cattlemen haven't battled for a long time. More than 2,500 ranchers and landowners are convening in Fort Worth this March to discuss a trifecta of issues that won't easily be solved. Ranchers ... More >>

  • News

    January 24, 2013

    Rockets Blocked Out

    Sources say Astros Stopped a deal to bring CSN Houston, Rockets Games to DirecTV.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Sorry Houston, No Farm-Fresh Milk for You

    Here's a riddle: why would a dairy choose to stop selling milk to Houston resellers for $5 a gallon and instead sell it all to a giant co-op for a mere $1.62 a gallon? The answer? Unbearable pressure. Local milk producer Way Back When Dairy, run by the Ganskey family, has become a valued resourc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    USDA's Meatless Monday "A Slap in the Face!" Texas Ag Comish Says

    In a blog post today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says the U.S. Department of Agriculture's call for Meatless Mondays as part of a green environmental effort is a gross betrayal of everything the federal government should stand for. He calls for the firing of whomever came up with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Coast Guard Seized $100,000 Worth of Illegal Shrimp Last Week

    Only a couple of weeks prior to the Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season opening, the Coast Guard has been busy seizing thousands of pounds of illegally harvested shrimp in Texas waters. Last Monday, the Coast Guard Cutter Heron caught two shrimping boats hauling up their catches in closed water ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Cattle Prices Doubling, While Experts Predict the Beef Industry May Need 5 Years to Recover

    The bustling East Texas cattle auction that the Washington Post recently featured in an article about cattle prices couldn't have been more different from the near-empty auction that I attended last fall, during the worst of the 2011 drought. "Since we've gotten rain and everything, the price has r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Wine Has Terroir; Oysters Have "Merroir," and We'll Pay More For It

    "We had a vastly more sophisticated oyster culture 100 years ago than we do now," said Robb Walsh over a plate of six Gulf oysters yesterday afternoon. Walsh was speaking on a panel of winemakers on pairing white wines with oysters, but the lost history of Texas oysters was proving far more fascinat ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    Meat Market

    You'll probably be paying more for your rib eyes and Whoppers thanks to the great Texas drought of 2011.

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    Meat Market: Sorry State

    Slim pickings at an East Texas cattle auction point to a grim future for the industry.

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Invasive Black Tiger Shrimp On the Rise in the Gulf of Mexico

    Black tiger shrimp are monsters, the kind of creatures that make you think that maybe "jumbo shrimp" isn't such an oxymoron after all. The distinctive black-and-orange-striped shrimp can grow to more than a foot in length and over a pound in weight. And according to the Galveston Daily News, they're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    10 Fish You're Eating That Are Endangered Species

    Human beings: acting like jerks since we killed off the pupfish.​Yesterday, we touched briefly on the plight of the idiot fish, a small red fish with giant, round marbles for eyes. It's delicious, despite its odd appearance. And it's also endangered. Yet it's still sold and served across the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    The Roughest Catch: Ike Jime on the Gulf Coast, Part 3 of 4

    Photos by GroovehouseJim Naismith, left, and Barry Irwin clean their catch on the boat's stern.​Read the first and second parts of our four-part series on Gulf sashimi-grade fish, and stay tuned tomorrow for the final installment. "Watch 'em," says Captain Barry Irwin as he approaches a chart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    The Roughest Catch: Ike Jime on the Gulf Coast, Part 1 of 4

    Photos by GroovehouseCaptain Barry Irwin prepares to set out from Aransas Pass for the day on the La Victoria, a commercial trawler. See more photos from the expedition in our slideshow.​"I don't eat bait," growls Captain Barry Irwin, pointedly ignoring the plate of raw bonito being offered to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Khanh Vu: Fish-Farm Owner Says Ignore the Shotgun Shells, Those Protected Birds Died Because of Transmission Lines

    Time for revenge.​The owner of a Palacios fish farm was found guilty of killing 90 protected brown pelicans and a slew of other birds, the U.S. Attorney's Office says. Khanh Vu, the owner of Seaside Aquaculture Inc., faces a fine of up to $15,000 and six months in prison for his conviction. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Underground Footage From a Texas Dairy Farm (Not for the Weak of Stomach)

    Undercover footage from a dairy farm southwest of Amarillo shows workers crushing sick and injured calves' skulls with pickaxes and hammers, and tossing dying calves on a pile of dead ones in the back of a truck -- acts that one animal welfare group says violates state cruelty laws. Gathered by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt reported on renewed efforts to assign appellations to Gulf oysters, and some commenters didn't like the idea so much. "Seriously," P. T. Barnum wrote. "Were these same oysters selling for inflated prices before their fancy name? Nope. Sucker." But PJ Stoops defended the pra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Cal-Maine Egg Farm: Don't Look At This Video While Eating Breakfast

    You don't wanna know​If it's been too long since your last undercover-video-of-ghastly-animal-abuse fix, then check out the footage cited in this lawsuit concerning the Cal-Maine egg farm in Travis County. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is suing the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Reporting from the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium: The Gulf and the Spill

    Robb WalshJim Gossen and oysterman Tracy Woody checking oyster leases in Galveston Bay.​At the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium this week, Brett Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune moderated a panel discussion on "The Gulf and the Spill." Panelists were former Houston Press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    A Taste of Honey: Harvesting A Beehive

    Photos by Brittanie SheyTom Helm, urban outdoorsman and hobbyist beekeeper​This weekend we were invited to a honey-harvesting party at the home of Tom Helm, an urban outdoorsman who in 2006 was the subject of our cover story "Dark Water", in which he and then-Press reporter Josh Harkinson kaya ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010

    Down on the Farm

    The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Houston Company Hit With Claim Its Fish Contain PCBs

    ​A Houston-based fish-oil manufacturer might be exposing consumers to a harmful carcinogen, according to a lawsuit filed by environmental activists earlier this month.Filed in a California Superior Court, the suit accuses Omega Protein and seven other fish-oil manufacturers of failing to warn cons ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 4, 2010

    Pig Farm

    The rise and fall of pork bellies, by the writer of Urinetown

  • News

    January 21, 2010

    Net Gains and Losses

    Is the Omega Protein company overfishing the most important fish in the sea?

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Gulf Oyster Ban Hysteria

    ​"A couple of months would have been okay, but five months is too much," oysterman Misho Ivic said about the newly announced FDA summer oyster ban. Oystermen were taken by surprise last weekend when the FDA went over the head of the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Commission and announced an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Is the Honor System Dead?

    Photos by Robb WalshDriving back from vacation, I noticed a honey stand along the highway in the town of Shirley, Arkansas with a sign that said "Self-Service." I pulled over and took a look. There was sorghum, local honey, bee pollen, beeswax and honey candy for sale. You took whatever you wanted a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Rioja's Paella

    Photo by Robb WalshThe paella at Rioja restaurant on Kirkwood is one of the best I've ever eaten. You can get it at lunch with two tapas appetizers for $13. Paella is one of those dishes that can leave you completely indifferent or knock your socks off, depending on the skill of the cook and the qua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Oysters and Coffee

    These petite-sized Galveston Bay oysters made a lovely breakfast. I ate them with some heavily buttered German sourdough rye toast from the HEB on Bunker Hill and a cup of Community Club coffee. A drop of lemon and a dash of Tabasco perked up the breakfast half shells nicely. Oysters and coffee tast ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 12, 2009

    Oyster Lovers Unite

    This Valentine's weekend may be your best chance to eat oysters for years to come

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Fish Story: Arctic Char

    There are lots of fishing camps in Nunavik, Quebec's arctic region, devoted to fly fishing for arctic char. There's even an annual arctic char fishing derby in Whale Cove, in case you want to try your luck. The highly prized freshwater game fish is a traditional food of the Inuit natives and its hig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    The King Catfish Ranch

    If you're looking for shining examples of the local indigenous cuisine while driving Highway 59 through East Texas and you've already had your fill of barbecue then its time to pull over for some catfish. I purchased this fried catfish dinner with cole slaw, french fries, odd cylindrical hush puppie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Texas Pols, Make Sure Those Checks Have Cleared -- It's Bankruptcy Time For Bo Pilgrim

    Ah, Bo Pilgrim -- it takes a tough man to go from passing out checks on the floor of the Texas Legislature to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but you've done it.Pilgrim's Pride, the toast of Pittsburg, Texas, announced today that it's seeking bankrputcy protection "in an effort to address certain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008
  • News

    December 29, 2005

    A Cut Above

    The future of the best beef in America may depend on a herd in East Texas

  • News

    April 14, 2005

    Haute Stuff

    Robb Walsh is a James Beard finalist times two

  • Dining

    March 25, 2004

    Sex, Death and Oysters

    Beneath the muddy waters of Galveston Bay lies one of the greatest seafood treasure troves on earth

  • Dining

    January 8, 2004

    Bring On the Bovine

    Beef-mad Houstonians keep eating steaks

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2003

    A Chick Book

    Sylvia Tomlinson fries the poultry industry in Plucked and Burned

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    Catching a Big One

    Moody hooks a $75 million verdict against a fish farm and a law firm

  • Dining

    November 1, 2001

    Fish Fraud

    Passing off cheap fish for expensive red snapper is against the law. But no one enforces the regulations. So Texas restaurants are free to rip you off.

  • Dining

    October 4, 2001

    American Kobe

    Lynn's Steakhouse proves a few restaurants still serve up USDA Prime

  • Dining

    August 2, 2001

    A Matter of Fat

    The U.S. beef industry's lower standards have led to an increase in chop houses

  • News

    July 20, 2000
  • News

    June 8, 2000

    The Long Haul

    Immigrant shrimpers survived Vietnam and the wrath of Texas rednecks. Can they do the same with new fishing restrictions?

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    Raw Deal

    Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. But is anyone listening?

  • News

    March 18, 1999

    Farm to Market

    Kody Ellis shows pigs. What have pigs shown him?

  • News

    February 12, 1998

    Oprah Does Amarillo

    It's the Queen of Talk versus the Meat Men, and outside the courtroom, master media manipulator Winfrey is already the clear winner.

  • Film

    June 19, 1997


    In Ulee's Gold, Victor Nunez's sticky-sweet direction lacks sting

  • News

    March 14, 1996

    Swinish Behavior

    Texas A&M's attempt to push an animal research center on a black neighborhood has raised a sour smell in College Station

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