When cud means cash

My wife and I are back from Rome, and I am still in the grip of jet lag. Waking up too early, feeling very sleepy at work. But who cares about all that? Here's an interesting bit I read in the New York Times on Tuesday on my flight back to Louisville, in an article about how French investors are turning to cows for a safe return:

For Pierre Marguerit, 60, cows make a safe, secure investment, allowing for long-term growth from a renewable resource. The cow contracts are hardly new, but go back to Richard the Lionheart; the French word for livestock, “cheptel,” is the root for “capital.”