Stories by Chris Kick

Stark County woman holds claim to world’s largest pumpkin

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Christy Harp, of Jackson Township just outside Canton, has grown a 1,725-pound behemoth pumpkin, believed to be the world’s largest ever recorded. It will likely retain that title if it can survive a couple more weigh-offs.

Ashland third-graders spend day on a farm

Friday, October 9, 2009

LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — The little black-and-white Holstein calves looked so cute to third-grader Vassiliya Draganova, that she decided to name one. “Bella,” she called it, which means “beautiful” in Italian. “They’re wee little and they like to lick your thumb,” she told some of her classmates — all third graders in Regina Herrick’s class from […]

Milking with robots: Will it make sense on farms?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The notion of milking cows with a robot, let alone one named “Lely Astronaut 3,” might remind some milk producers of science fiction shows like Star Wars or Star Trek. There is no known robotic milker currently installed in Ohio, but these sleek, high-tech machines are tugging on the barn doors of some of the state’s most progressive dairies, and the seemingly fictional concept is proving to be a science rooted in efficiency and increased productivity.

Michigan passes animal care legislation

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

LANSING, Michigan — Michigan is one step away from approving a new bill to regulate animal care in agreement with standards outlined by one of the nation’s most active animal welfare organizations — The Humane Society of the United States.

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About Chris

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.