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Picking genetics may save time sorting

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Low-stress cattle handling is becoming a mainstream practice, but have you ever thought about the ultimate low-stress sorting system — right from your computer? Advocates of low-stress handling suggest using animal behavior to your advantage. If you’ve seen a demonstration of this technique, or employ it on your farm or ranch, you may recognize something […]

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An obstinate and opposite market

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I am thinking this morning that the grain market is like a sixth grade boy this morning — obstinate and opposite. Whatever you suggest, he wants to do the other thing. The more you push, the more he pushes back. Too old to spank Think about it — we came out of reports that said […]

The bat days of summer

Thursday, July 22, 2010

In the 14 years we have lived here, we have had a handful of bats fly in for a visit. PETA can picket me if they want, but not all of the little critters made it out alive. My rule has always been one of kindness and understanding, love for my fellow creature and a […]

‘Family’ antics fill the long, summer days

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Usually the big calendar hanging on the kitchen door is filled with all kinds of squiggles and notes about birthdays and birds and reminders of anniversaries — the reality days of life — but so far July’s page is comparatively empty. I should write that, as of the 14th, the four baby barn swallows which […]

Answering the hard questions now will help when disaster occurs

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

As farmers, we know the cows must be milked rain or shine, hot or cold, sick or not, but what do you do when the unexpected happens? Who milks the cows, makes sure the feeding and other work gets done when the person responsible for those chores is unexpectedly unable to fulfill their duties? There […]

Lesson learned during relaxing weekend get-away: Never say never

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sometimes, it is hard to imagine a different life, the possibility of the sun shining just as brightly in an entirely new place. No retirement My hubby has always said he has no desire to retire — he loves what he does, he is constantly challenged in a great way every single day. It has […]

War time spent in communications

Friday, July 16, 2010

I’ll continue the story of my Korean experience, and try to work in some references to Rusty Iron, although rust was just as thoroughly despised by the Army brass as dirt. I left for the Far East about the end of October, 1953, and had my very first airplane ride from Pittsburgh to Chicago, where […]

Korean War anniversary triggers memories

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ten years ago Farm and Dairy published a couple of my columns about my experiences in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. I’d like to rerun them (slightly revised) in honor of the veterans of that struggle, as well as the veterans of all our wars and especially, the men and women serving in […]

Garfield, Ohio home to MacDonald

Friday, July 16, 2010

How many readers have heard of the MacDonald car that was built in nearby Garfield, Ohio? For that matter, how many have heard of Garfield (not Garfield Heights), Ohio? Garfield is a tiny community of about twenty homes and a busy feed mill along Ohio State Route 534, right along the Norfolk Southern railroad a […]

Invention of cars link cities

Friday, July 16, 2010

During the 1800s and early 1900s, many American farmers were extremely conservative and disliked innovation and the unconventional. This was especially true when the first automobiles appeared on country roads about 1900. The first cars were bought by more or less affluent individuals who mainly lived in towns and cities and who headed for the […]

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