Tag Archives: Livestock

Who invented barbed wire?

Barbed wire was invented by an American, Joseph F. Gidden, who patented it in 1874.  If you have over visited the countryside where livestock is raised, you probably know what barbed wire is. Barbed wire is a cable of twisted wire armed with barbs of sharp points.  It is used particularly as an economic means …

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What is locoweed?

The dreaded locoweed is a poisonous plant of the western United States.  Locoweed gets its name from the Spanish word for “crazy” because cattle, horses and sheep that eat this dangerous plant act in a strange, drunken manner and often die.  Locoweed is named for the color of its flowers, which resemble those of peas …

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What is a safflower?

A safflower is a thistlelike plant widely cultivated for the edible oitl and dyestuff that it yields.  It is a large flowers that may be white to brilliant red. The plants grows about 3 feet high and has broad, spiny leaves.  The safflower has been grown in China, India and in other dry parts of the …

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