Thursday, February 11, 2010

When A Cow is More than A Cow

Back in high school I remember preparing a speech with the title 'When A Cow is More Than A Cow'. Even for a ranch/ag kid I can remember being shocked by all the by products that cow from a cow. I remember doing all sorts of research, being excited to present my findings and shocked with all that I didn't know! I mean I was a ranch kid, I knew lots about a cow! I don't remember if I did this for a FFA competition or FCCLA competition, but I remember giving that speech at several different community meetings and at my 4-H meeting. I wish I still had that crumbled old folder that held all that information, but I have moved way too much in my short life to still have that.

So, When is cow more than just a cow, you ask? Well, let me tell you.

A Cow is more when it's a meal:

  • Blood Sausage
  • Marshmallows
  • Candies
  • Mayonnaise
  • Chewing Gum
  • Oleo shortening
  • Clarification agent forPaté, juice, wine & beer
  • Sausage casings
  • Comsommé
  • Yogurt
  • Cookies
  • Head Cheese
  • Gelatin in Salads
  • Ice Cream
  • "Light" Products

A Cow is more when it's in your house:

  • Leather is most common by product. Boots, handbags, gloves, luggage, shoes, jackets, belts, and even footballs and baseball gloves are made from leather.
  • Bones and hooves are used to make doggie chews or ground to bonemeal for dog biscuits, and other animal feeds.
  • Bone china
  • Beef tallow is an important ingredient in many products that we use in everyday life. For example, it provides glycerine for lipstick, face and hand creams, toothpaste and cough medicine
  • Photographic film manufacturing requires gelatin to fix light sensitive chemicals to the film base
  • Plastics
  • Deodorants
  • A variety of cleaning agents also come from tallow - commercial soaps, industrial cleaners, shampoos, liquid soap and detergent
  • Shaving cream
  • Textiles
  • Free fatty acids derived from tallow are also used in the production of candles, fabric softeners, crayons, paper, phonograph records
  • Glue
  • Upholstery
  • Insecticides
  • Violin strings

A Cow is More when it's at the Pharmacy:

  • Insulin
    - treatment of diabetes
  • Heparin
    - used in treatment of allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, and respiratory diseases
  • Thyrotropin
    - stimulates the thyroid gland
  • Parathyroid Hormone
    - used to treat parathyroid deficiencies
  • Thrombin
    - promotes coagulation during surgery
  • Glucagon
    - treats hypoglycaemia
  • Sodium Levathyroxine
    - thyroid replacement therapy
  • Trypsin & Chymotripsin
    - cleansing wounds and ulcers
  • Deoxyribonuclease
    - acts against devitalized tissue in purulent (discharging pus) states
  • Fibrinolysin
    - treatment of blood clots within the cardiovascular system
  • Pancreatin
    - treatment of infants with celiac disease (gluten intolerance ) and related pancreatic deficiences
  • Thyroid
    - treats myxedema (metabolic disease caused by deficient action of the thyroid gland) in adults and cretinism (deformity and mental retardation caused by thyroid deficency) in children

A Cow is more when it gets you from Point A to Point B:

  • Stearic acid, and free fatty acid made from tallow, is an important component in the tire curing process
  • Hydraulic brake fluid
  • Airplane lubricants and runway foam
  • Various machine oils and viscous fluids
  • Steel ball bearings containing bone charcoal
  • Car polishes and waxes
  • Textiles for car upholstery
  • Ashphalt

A Cow is more when it's used everyday:

  • Free fatty acids derived from tallow are also used in the production cement blocks
  • Animal Feeds
  • Industrial Cleaners
  • Lubricants
  • Molds for Plastics
  • Explosives
  • Printing Ink
  • Fertilizers
  • High Gloss for magazines
  • Whitener for paper

Unbelievable, isn't it! And all from a cow.

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