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Is it too taboo to try something new?

Jaclyn Wilson

Jaclyn Wilson

“You are not a horse.”

“You are not a cow.”

The Food and Drug Administration released a statement this last week with the above in hopes that they can convince people to not use ivermectin as a treatment for COVID. For those of you that are unaware, ivermectin is an anti-parasitic that is used in both animals and humans. I will never promote using animal products off label, but crossing animal and human products? Well, are we really involved in agriculture if we haven’t done that intentionally or unintentionally a time or two?

When the whole “ivermectin” thing hit the news media I did some research, and there were actually places that were using it as a treatment. I had talked to some staff in the medical field, and they were having success with it in lessening the symptoms of COVID. Before anyone gets upset at me – do I support off label use, no, unless it does seem to help.

So, what did we do at the ranch? Well, as the Boss Man said, “we have had the wind catch enough ivermectin over the years that splattered on our clothes and skin we should have COVID immunity.” I took it a step further, and after taking the recommendation of – I’m not going to say who, but trusted medical personnel – I tried a cc one day. Nope, never on purpose again – or at least not the liquid livestock form. If you think you are having a bad day, spend the rest of it belching ivermectin.

Now hopefully, some of you are finding the humor in this. I should note that this was before the COVID vaccinations were released. But for some reason as I’m typing this it feels so taboo to even talk about – kind of like back in the presidential “but I didn’t inhale” days.

I’ve heard a lot of stories about banamine, DMSO, and a whole host of other “animal” products over the years, and I won’t say it to loud, but I feel that veterinarians are sometimes better medical personnel than medical doctors – or at least that’s what an old chiropractor told me when asked what X-rays he preferred.

When did we become so taboo?

I had horse carpaccio a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t eaten carpaccio. it’s a dish of meat or fish that is thinly sliced or pounded thin and served raw. Now I ate a lot of dog food as a child, much to my parents’ dismay, but I will say that is the first time I have eaten raw horse, and I think I may go back to the dog food. Like ivermectin, there are other countries and other places around the world where no one would think twice about it if you ordered horse, dog (which I did eat in China, as to not insult my host), guinea pig (does not taste like chicken), or whatever else may make other people cringe a little.

Where am I going with this? I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of all the bickering and shaming about COVID. Evidently, we are seeing that COVID is going to be around for a while, and I’m sure there are going to be new thoughts and new ideas on it that come out every week. So, my advice – and take it for what it is worth – is to be open to ideas. Just because you don’t care for a thought or idea doesn’t mean that there is not someone out there that may disagree with you.

I guess this also carries over into everything else. If you want to tag your calves and trace them, if you want to eat horse, if you want to take a vacation or lease out part of your ranch, who are we to judge? Sometimes I think it’s enjoyable to stir the pot just a little on topics that people get “stupid” over, but other days, it’s exhausting. Maybe if we could all find just a little more humor in everything, the world would be a better place.

Jaclyn Wilson is more than a rancher, raising Red Angus cattle at Wilson Ranch near Lakeside, Nebraska. She’s an artist with a welder’s torch. She holds leadership positions with several agriculture organizations. She can be reached at This column represents the views of one person and are not necessarily the opinion of the Midwest Messenger.   

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