That climate change killing the food supply thing…..

Horses should be moved into bare paddocks, vets have said, because an abundance of grass caused by climate change is making them fat.

Gillies Moffat, director of a veterinary centre in Hythe, Hampshire, said the wetter and warmer climate has meant the animal’s staple food has grown more rapidly than in the past.

Apparently the worst that will happen is that the steaks will have a little more marbling in them…..

30 comments on “That climate change killing the food supply thing…..

  1. In times past it was called a grass belly which meant letting the girth strap of the saddle out by a couple of notches at the end of summer. Fat horses are only a problem if they are ridden competitively like fat athletes, as it disappears in winter, as if it’s completely normal.

  2. They say:
    “Owners are working longer hours so find regularly exercising their horses hard to do.”
    So where’s the evidence that climate change has anything to do with this?

  3. Horses can suffer a very painful affliction called Laminitis. One of the causes of Laminitis is an excessive consumption of grass. Not a pleasant thing for a nagster.

  4. You see this claim quite often: climate change makes the weather warmer and wetter, that’s why plants are growing more and faster. But the weather isn’t noticeably warmer or wetter, so this is rubbish.

    However – the extra CO2 in the atmosphere (about 50% up on pre-industrial levels, allegedly) does of course improve vegetable yield. It also makes plants use the water available more efficiently, which is why the Sahel is greening. What’s not to like?

  5. They say:
    “Owners are working longer hours so find regularly exercising their horses hard to do.”
    So where’s the evidence that climate change has anything to do with this?

    I work longer hours to fund all my carbon offsets.

  6. the extra CO2 in the atmosphere (about 50% up on pre-industrial levels, allegedly) does of course improve vegetable yield. It also makes plants use the water available more efficiently, which is why the Sahel is greening

    I have some long-haul business class flying over the festive season. It will be even more comfortable knowing that I’m doing Gaia some good too.

  7. There is no man-made climate change.

    Time to punish anyone churning out this deceitful eco-shite. As I recall the book–Ivan Denisovitch (sic–haven’t time to look up the name fully) used to get fish-head stew and a mess made from boiled grass as his death camp socialist restaurant food. Since there is all this supposed extra grass– time to revive such good socialist fare for jailed Marxist agitators.

    Jizz and McNasty to be the first diners. And they each get a Bouquet of Barbed Wire. ( in the original use by Solzhenitsyn not the 70’s sex series with Susan Penhaligon.).

    Actually I joke about mass jailing. It is a socialist evil. Just take all the lefts cash and hold the same expose of their evil as their socialist Hitlerian cousins have had. That will finish them more effectively than any jailhouse or firing squad. Sanctimonious bullshit is their only real power –bust that with the truth of the creatures they are and they are done.

  8. There is no man made climate change. I think people are slowly starting to realise this now that there has been three decades of failed doomsday predictions. The latest round of hysterical fear mongering should finish it off when people see that the world is still here in 2030. But, every single election leaflet that I have had through my door so far has been full of crap about tackling climate change.

  9. @stonyground
    Your estimate of 2030 for when this crap will stop may be a bit optimistic.
    It’s notable that climate change is a threat perceived only by Christian countries. According to the best study of millennial doomsday cults the last frenzy continued until 1037AD.

  10. The UK is no wetter now than it was in the 1950s, which were a very wet decade. The main change between then and now is that horses in the 50s would have predominantly been used for work, and thus had no chance to get fat and laminitic, while those around today are almost entirely leisure animals, and get ridden infrequently and rarely worked hard. They are also far more likely to be kept in warm stables at the slightest hint of bad weather, covered in rugs when out, and fed all manner of ‘treats’ in the form of high energy foodstuffs. Its no surprise they are all as fat as barrels and getting laminitis.

    I know all this because I supply hay to horse owners and stable yards, and it is a standing joke that horse owners are desperate for some grass all winter, then when it arrives in the spring they can’t put their horses on it because they’ll all get laminitis. Which is good for me – I end up supplying hay all summer to horses put on box rest because they can’t have a blade of grass…….and then all winter too because by then there is no grass.

  11. The clue that climate is bollocks to me, sits at the end of the road. An enormous, virtually landlocked sea takes the rainfall run-off from half of Europe & a large portion of Africa, connected to the Atlantic only by the narrow Strait of Gibraltar. Am I supposed to believe the increased rainfall, melting glaciers, changing weather patterns are all neatly balanced against the rate of evaporation so the level of the sea & the currents in the Straits are virtually the same as they were in Roman times? Haven’t changed at all since the Industrial Revolution? Are not showing the slightest sign of changing during the Climate Emergency?

  12. I have a friend who is a large animal veterinarian. He hates spring. In winter, the animals are on feed. Come spring and they hit the fields, eating all the crap that’s out there, like Solanum carolinense.

  13. Apparently the worst that will happen is that the steaks will have a little more marbling in them…..

    At first I thought this was a joke. Then a quick search discloses ‘Merican horse meat is considered a delicacy in parts of Europe.

    I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

  14. Stoneyground: “The latest round of hysterical fear mongering should finish it off when people see that the world is still here in 2030.”

    Would that you prove to be right! However, we have to look at the track record. Remember AIDS???

    The US Surgeon General said we were going to lose an entire generation to AIDS. Not just the limp-wristed, not just the boys. Everyone!

    Of course, whatever minor risk there was failed to materialize. Even with African countries ascribing deaths in car crashes to AIDS, the numbers never approached those caused by, say, malaria. Huge amounts of money were spent; careers were made. For what?

    Yet no one in authority ever apologized as the facts became clear. None of the authority figures admitted they had been wrong, or looked into the causes of why they screwed up so badly. From time to time, very minor celebrities like Dutch princesses still make extravagant claims about AIDS, but the world has moved on.

    It will be the same with the junk science of “Climate Change”. (Of course the climate changes! Romans grew grapes in England, for goodness sake!). The subject will cease to be a topic for discussion in polite circles. Some new alleged threat to all human life will appear, and we will only have a few years to head it off. Whatever that threat is, the solution will be the same — white males need to shut up, pay more taxes, and give up whatever little freedom they have left.

    We really need to find a way to deal with junk science.

  15. Anthony T Ratliffe, the Bloke in North Dorset did say “via Bjorn Lomborg”. I think he knows Lomborg’s rational approach. Could’ve used a comma or summat, but hey, pendantry.

  16. Things not going well for Clarkson. Grand Tour is being pared down next year, as production costs have been way too high.

    No more Eboladrome.

  17. Talk about clutching at straws. Next thing they’ll blame the Tesla Truckbortion on climate change. Uh… they have??

  18. @PJF

    In Clarkson’s small mind: Rainy Season = 24/7 rain everywhere and every lake & river instantly full.

    One would think he could at least apply car-logic and workout it takes time – hours/days – to drive/move car hundreds/thousands of miles

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