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Rodeo is a sport that the whole family and community can enjoy. Black Hills Roundup Committee members and other volunteers will host a special rodeo they think will be fun for everyone involved, on Saturday, June 18.The free event, named the Special Needs Rodeo, will be at the Black Hills Roundup rodeo grounds during the same weekend as the High
Published: May 27, 2016
The Times, as the feller says, they are a-changin’. What with all the social media stuff, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email, Skype and others one stumbles across, there’s no end of opportunity to speak about whatever might be sticking in one’s craw.In Out West ranch country, however, folks mostly talk slower and not necessarily the same English as is spoken in
Published: May 27, 2016
One of my favorite ways to encourage my kids is to tell them stories about how people in the past overcame challenges and succeeded. Right now, they have been needing to hear lots of stories about how their relatives endured (and survived) schools and teachers that they didn’t like. Stories are powerful motivators and I have been collecting a lot
Published: May 27, 2016
Most of us have had the experience of a friend or neighbor dying, and we have wondered what to do. The common first reaction is to cook food — comfort food — and trot it over to the family.A drawback to that is that the refrigerator will hold only so much. After it is full, the family has a dilemma
Published: May 27, 2016
Tamarisk, or salt cedar, is an ornamental tree that is also a phreatophyte. The roots on tamarisk trees can go down 30 feet in the soil looking for water. This tree brings up various salts and nutrients through its deep roots. These salts are then stored in the leaf tissue. Each winter when the leaves are shed, these salts are
Published: May 27, 2016
Judging horses and livestock is a common practice amongst agriculture youth.Determining the best horse, calf, sheep or goat can help youth decide what animals to show as 4-H or FFA projects. If they grow up to become ranchers, or even just buy a few horses, they will have a good understanding of how to pick the best animals. During the
Published: May 27, 2016
I love feeding animals. No, I’m no talking about absentee feeding where you pay way too much for a load of hard-doing 8-weight chronic steers, send them to a feedyard, get feed bills and death slips every month, and sell them on the rail for less than you paid for them to begin with. I tried that already and the
Published: May 27, 2016
Gentle readers, as some of you know I like to listen to a radio program on Sat. mornings called “In The Bunkhouse” with Red Steagall. Red is from Texas and one of the best know singers and poets of what cowboys are all about. On his program he usually tries to have some old cowboy from one of the larger
Published: May 27, 2016
Our local newspaper, the Leader News, runs a weekly column about the history of Chase County. It’s very interesting and I seldom miss reading it.In a recent issue, the history column mentioned one of the great early ranches in the county was constructed of more than 20 miles of stone fences.Folks, I’ve build a couple of short stone fences for
Published: May 27, 2016
She never had the chance to live the rodeo or western lifestyle.But now she’s living it through her volunteerism.Grace Woodward was born in Geneva, Neb., and when she was six years old, her dad passed away.She and her mom and brother and sister moved to Hastings, where Grace was part of the Rural Ranchers 4-H club. She showed sheep, goats,
Published: May 27, 2016
On a cold windy morning, Kelly Nissen feeds the cows at the Iowa State University Beef Nutrition Farm north of Ames. Far from just tossing hay, he weighs out specific rations and carefully delivers them to numbered feed bunks.“When you’re feeding, you’re always double-checking yourself to make sure it’s going in the right lot,” Nissen said. These cows munch on
Published: May 27, 2016
It was a sharp idea. Red Brand wire extended an open invitation to FFA chapters to help build fence for Oklahoma and Kansas ranchers burned out earlier this year.FFA members would build fence, Red Brand would donate to the chapter, and ranchers would end up with new fence. The need is great. According to the Oklahoma Forest Services, the Anderson
Published: May 27, 2016
“I’ll just DVR it,” someone might say if they can’t make plans to be in front of the television when their favorite show or special report is scheduled to air.It’s become something of a verb, like suggesting you do an internet web search by “Googling it.” We don’t have cable and haven’t gone to the expense or trouble of getting
Published: May 27, 2016
The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to the announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the proposed renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.“EPA has moved in a better direction, but we are disappointed that they set the ethanol number below statute. The Renewable Fuel
Published: May 27, 2016
Patience is the key to working with horses, according to several clinicians who worked with students during the seventh Annual Big Wyoming Horse Expo.Colt trainingMike Anderson, demonstrated colt starting and groundwork at the expo. Anderson used one of his own saddle horses to teach the new colt what he wants it to learn. He said colts learn by the release.“Patience
Published: May 27, 2016
As spring calving draws to a close and pastures are greening up, many producers are thinking about the summer breeding season.Planning next year’s calf crop, many ranchers aim to bring new genetics to their cowherds through artificial insemination (AI). Following estrus synchronization protocols is one management tool cattlemen rely on to efficiently and easily settle replacement heifers and lactating cows
Published: May 27, 2016
As the Shining Parlor in 1909, Greeley Hat Works, 2613 8th Ave., operated only two locations. Though hats are still made by hand, the business has grown to operate 60 retailers across the country and 12 across the globe. Owner Trent Johnson says he combines quality with adaptability to keep Greeley Hat Works thriving.What is in the future for your
Published: May 27, 2016
Cody LeBlanc hasn’t used Twitter since the first Republican debate, but when he tweets, there is one thing he doesn’t like to use: a hashtag.But on the back of LeBlanc’s pickup truck, one bumper sticker reads #Eatmorerabbit.The 18-year-old started to show rabbits in 4-H when he was 9, and expanded that pet-hobby into his own business.LeBlanc breeds four types of
Published: May 27, 2016
There are about 80 horses grazing on full, green grass with the Red Hills creating a colorful backdrop in Teton County, Wyo.The sight is the Red Hills Ranch, and manager Brian Cook works to keep the scene and horses in top shape.“My favorite part of my job is just being able to live here,” Cook said. “It is a beautiful
Published: May 25, 2016
There was no dust, no cheering crowd, no roses at the end of a race. There were only children who needed a little hope and maybe a gray crayon. The Arabian Horse Association and Children’s Hospital Colorado on Anschutz Campus in Aurora came together to bring a taste of horse racing to the child patients at the hospital. Sitting at
Published: May 20, 2016
WANTED: Cowboy. No TV, no phone. If you don’t like dogs and can’t tough it in the mountains, don’t apply - Alamo, Nev.I’d like to meet the ol’ boy who wrote that ad. You can almost picture him in your mind. We’re all acquainted with somebody that fits his description. He might be willing to give you a month off
Published: May 25, 2016
Take how much cheese you eat in a year and add three pounds to that.Caille Gash and her husband, Marc Pfister, own the creamery and store that makes and sells cheese, cheese curds, ice cream and milk. The milk they use is purchased through the Dairy Farmers of America, so they are hit by the milk price trends.But when it
Published: May 21, 2016
When Dale Jackson, who runs a small herd of cattle near Kersey, talks about antibiotic use in livestock, he stresses the importance of keeping consumers safe.But it’s important to him to keep his cattle safe, too. There’s no parent in the country who wouldn’t give sick kids the medicine they need, he said. The same goes for farmers and their
Published: May 23, 2016
Ranchers, landowners and government officials in Arizona are kicking up the dust over the possible designation of an expansive piece of land currently used for grazing as a national monument. Last month, Arizona’s governor, local governments, state game and fish commission chairman, state land department commissioner, state chamber of commerce president, farm and ranch organization chairmen and several others detailed
Published: May 20, 2016
At stores like King Soopers or Safeway, the bottom of receipts for consumers using a loyalty card lists any recalled products they may have purchased. The blocky letters, printed in between coupons and fuel points can be easy to overlook, but if consumers have skimmed past this part of their receipt before, they’re likely paying attention to it now. Receipts
Published: May 20, 2016
On May 13, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry formally announced it will convene a hearing on the state of the U.S. livestock industry. “A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace Opportunities and Challenges” will be heard on Thursday, May 26 at 10 am in the Hart Senate Office Building.On Wednesday, USCA sent a
Published: May 20, 2016
The University of Northern Colorado permaculture garden and WiseAcre farm project needs volunteers to garden and help grow food over the summer, according to a UNC news release. “Rewards include fresh air, the satisfaction of seeing food grow and sharing in the harvest,” according to the release. Anyone interested is asked to contact Richard Jurin, richard.jurin@unco.edu, or Kevin Cody, kevin.cody@unco.edu,
Published: May 20, 2016
It’s spring now and we had a minor league flood last week to prove it. Plus, the grass and weeds are growing so fast now they need to be mowed at least once a week.Despite the occurrence of spring, the weather has been chilly enuf for me to drag out my long-johns again. And, since that’s the case, a funny
Published: May 20, 2016
Without immigrants, the modern agricultural system would fail, experts said May 18 at the Labor Matters in Agriculture seminar at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley.Farm owners from the produce and dairy sectors, as well as representatives from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and meatpacking giant JBS, spoke about challenges facing the agriculture industry at the event,
Published: May 20, 2016
As I was baking cookies last week, I saw the instructions said, “Form each cookie into a ball the size of a walnut and dip it in sugar.” It struck me then — I wonder how many bakers, at least under age 40, have ever seen a walnut in its shell? Do they imagine they are to prepare a cookie
Published: May 20, 2016
AuTow Brake is a trailer brake controller that stays on your trailer. That’s how it’s done in Europe, the trailer controls it’s own brakes. In the U.S., most boat trailers do the same thing with hydraulic surge brakes. AuTow Brake is an automatic electric surge brake. I’ve been using and testing this brake for years. The control box is weather
Published: May 20, 2016
Motorists passing by the series of six domed-top tanks and various outbuildings tucked between two dairy farms near LaSalle might dismiss the development as yet another of rural Weld County’s many oil facilities.But what those drivers don’t see is an innovative addition to Weld County’s rapidly growing portfolio of renewable energy enterprises. Resting on that flat piece of rural land
Published: May 20, 2016
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said the U.S. International Trade Commission report released May 18, indicates that the TPP will level the playing field for U.S. beef exports and support growth in the domestic economy.“Cattlemen and women worked closely with the administration through the U.S. Trade Representative to ensure TPP met the highest standards and lowered taxes and trade barriers
Published: May 19, 2016
The jagged hole in the roof of the chicken coop at Ginger’s Farm shows the sky, but there are no birds to see it. The coop has been empty for months, nearly as long as the beehive surrounded by tiny winged corpses. The plot that used to grow everything from raspberries to onions to cabbage is now just mud and
Published: May 17, 2016
KayLee Rasmussen may not be Annie Oakley, but the boys really don’t care to shoot against her.The Burwell, Neb., cowgirl, a member of the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association, shoots trap and, in a shoot-off last year, was the 2015 reserve champion trap shooter for the association.The quiet 17-year-old has grown up tagging along with her dad, whether they are
Published: May 17, 2016
As its mother protectively stands guard, a newborn calf, supported precariously by its wobbly legs, looks curiously at its surroundings and then begins nursing.For four generations, this heartwarming scene has signaled spring on the Wonnenberg Ranch near Dallas, S.D.And, even though it’s been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, Steve, 61, still enjoys calving
Published: May 17, 2016
Spending time with the horses at Colorado Therapy Horses is good practice for KC Jones. The 19-year-old is graduating high school this year, and he’ll walk into the future next to hooves — or paws, or claws. He wants to work on a farm or a ranch, but he hasn’t made too many decisions yet. As long as there are
Published: May 17, 2016
It was a win for the oil and gas industry in Colorado last week. It’s been a hard month for the oil and gas industry in Wyoming, and Nebraska is still seeking a resolution for a problem that arose in 2014.COLORADOTwo Colorado Supreme Court decisions favored the oil and gas industry, with one leading to a last-minute bill in the
Published: May 13, 2016
Russian olive trees are considered a noxious weed.These trees answered a need in the 1930s when we were experiencing the dust storms. Since then, we have learned more about these trees and how they are impacting our ecosystem. Russian olive trees are what we call a phreatophyte. This means that their roots make it down to a ground water source.
Published: May 17, 2016
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside still waters.” You are familiar with that Bible verse aren’t you, gentle readers? It’s the 23rd Psalm written by David. It appears that ol’ David needed some time to reflect, as most of us do. He had been a hero, a murderer and a number of other
Published: May 17, 2016
“Who are you and what are you doing? I didn’t give you permission to come on my property.”“I don’t need your permission. I’m an enviromeddler from the Enviromeddle Protection Agency and we got a heads-up from the environmedlle group called the Snitches, Witches and B...”“Whoa right there. There’s no need to use that kind of language in front of the
Published: May 17, 2016
Most of us, rural or urban, can get attached to an animal. Our barn cat Jay Jay has a special place in my mind. Somebody dumped a litter of kittens on the church grounds. I took three of the little tomcats. We got them situated and when the time came, I castrated them in the tack room.Within six months, only
Published: May 17, 2016
Small-time chicken producers in Colorado can say goodbye to the middle man.The Colorado Legislature passed Senate Bill 58, giving more flexibility for small-scale chicken producers and those who make pickled vegetables to sell straight to consumers rather than having eggs or poultry processed by a third party.For chicken producers, those who sell eggs can now sell up to 250 dozen
Published: May 13, 2016
It may have been the most important sentence of his life.Sheryl Clossen remembers the little boy. He was autistic and his parents had been told by his teachers and therapists not to waste time teaching him sign language because, mentally, he was not capable of putting two or more signs together to form a sentence. His parents had turned to
Published: May 13, 2016
Charles Bassett wants you to buy hamburgers made from his Missouri cows.That’s why the Missouri rancher wanted to pay an extra dollar into an industry-created fund every time he sells one of his cattle. The fund is called a checkoff program – an industry-administered pool of money that is collected from producers for promotion, research and marketing of a particular
Published: May 13, 2016
Spring is tick season, when newly-emerged nymphs and adults seek a host.Some species spend their entire life on the host, whereas others pass different stages on successive hosts, said Russ Daly, extension veterinarian and associate professor, South Dakota State University. Eggs are laid in the soil, and young ticks crawl onto bushes and attach themselves to a passing host. Adult
Published: May 13, 2016
May is, or was, still could be a busy time in my life. The eight of May would have been the 51st wedding anniversary for Martha and I. The 16th will record the beginning of my 76th year on Mother Earth. I so hope all of you moms had a super Mother's Day. Now for a few chuckles from a
Published: May 13, 2016
Have you ever noticed how bad luck always travels in threes? I’m warning you, if the cows get out on the road and then the water well goes dry I’d stay in the house, pull your shades and not answer the phone, if I were you. Be very, very careful.Just think about events in your every day life and you
Published: May 13, 2016
After moving to Hotchkiss, Colo., from Lake Tahoe, Nev., in 1998, Jerry Adams and his wife, Kay, knew something was wrong.“The 65 acres were completely worn out,” he said. “All of it had been overgrazed by cattle. The soil was depleted from a cycle that had gone on for over 50 years. There was no life left in it.”Previous ranchers
Published: May 13, 2016
A few weeks ago, I spoke in Pennsylvania at an agricultural lenders’ conference about strategies for connecting with today’s consumers, and while I was there, I also had the pleasure of listening to David Kohl, Virginia Tech Department of Agriculture & Applied Economics professor emeritus, speak about how to succeed in agriculture in an ever-changing environment.Kohl offered six tips for
Published: May 13, 2016
The April Federal order benchmark Class III milk price was announced by USDA at $13.63 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 11 cents from March, $2.18 below April 2015, but 92 cents above California’s comparable 4b milk price. It is the lowest Class III price since January 2011 and equates to about $1.17 per gallon, down a penny from March and compares
Published: May 13, 2016
It’s now legal for residents to collect rain water and use it to water their gardens — something most probably haven’t thought twice about.Before Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a rain barrel bill into law Thursday, only well owners were able to utilize rain barrels legally. A similar bill died in the Legislature last year, but with the governor’s signature on
Published: May 12, 2016
Changes in the trucking industry that mandate electronic logging and rest periods don’t go far enough to work with livestock haulers, says a group of volunteers who call themselves the American Cattle Transporters Advisory Group. The members of ACTAG come from the cattle production and transportation sector. This week, ACTAG put up its web site and a mission statement to
Published: May 11, 2016
Charlie’s fate was sealed. He was at an auction where similar ponies might be sold to kill-buyers.But the pony was bought, instead, by Mimi White of Fort Collins. White started putting Charlie under the saddle when he was two, and raised him on a ranch until he was three.When he was three, he was purchased by Ruth Hurst, who is
Published: May 10, 2016
Danielle Wray may be missing a thumb, but it’s not stopping her from doing everything she loves.The 16-year-old cowgirl of Ord, Neb., lost her right thumb in a rodeo accident in September of last year.She was in the practice pen at her home arena, team roping with her partner Talon Mathis, when it happened. She roped a steer and got
Published: May 10, 2016
Scott Tietmeyer’s kids are already coming back to the farm. He has grandkids starting to take an interest in the corn and wheat grandpa grows and the cattle he feeds. Tietmeyer is the second generation to farm near Grover, but he wants to keep the farm in the family as long as they want it.That’s why for more than a
Published: May 10, 2016
At Marshall Ernst’s ranch in Windsor, the curly white faces and red hair of Hereford cows stand out against the green and brown patches of pasture.For nearly 40 years, Marshall and his wife, Barbara, have run their herd of Herefords, an operation built around breeding and advancing genetics. Ernst loves Herefords. They’re sturdy, adaptable and good mother cows, but the
Published: May 10, 2016
I danced with another woman tonight My wife didn’t seem to mind.We took to the floor like a pair of swans That fate forever entwined. Leaving our wake through the dancers who flowed Like notes in search of a songWe tested our two step, tried out a waltz and laughed when something went wrong! I led and she followed, trusting
Published: May 10, 2016
Colorado’s snowpack conditions are above average heading into the warmer months of the year after a wet April and end of March.All but one of Colorado’s snowpack basins are above 100 percent of the historic average, and as of Monday, the state was at 101 percent. The river basins that affect northern Colorado, the Upper Colorado and South Platte, are
Published: May 10, 2016
Paul Pitman makes a job out of investing in farmers across the country.His company has purchased thousands of acres of farm and ranch land in hopes of keeping it in agriculture production. Pitman started Farmland Partners, Inc., a publicly owned Denver-based real estate investment trust. Since its 2014 start, his team has purchased nearly 110,000 acres of farm land in
Published: May 10, 2016
Three Greeley schools and another organization that works with children in Weld County are among the more than 30 recipients of Bessie Minor Swift Foundation grants to promote literacy, reading and writing skills while focusing on arts, languages and sciences. The Swift Foundation, formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns The Fence Post and numerous other
Published: May 2, 2016
Sod from the Greeley Blues Jam is available for purchase. There are 40,000 square feet of sod for sale at 20 cents per square foot, according to a release from the city of Greeley. The minimum purchase is 300 square feet, with additional amounts available in 50-square-foot increments. Sod pickup will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 12 at the arena
Published: May 3, 2016
When the Veterinary Feed Directive goes into effect in 2017, it will impact nearly everyone in the livestock industry.But at the Colorado Farm Show this week, when Christine Gabel, territory business manager with animal health company Zoetis asked a room of farmers and ranchers if they’d heard of it, she was met with silence. Most looked to their neighbors, foreheads
Published: February 1, 2016
Editor’s note: With this poem and these recipes from Wheatland, Wyoming rancher Clara Powers, we include photos of moms at branding time submitted by readers. Maybe some dads will want to try their hand at these recipes. They would work for a Mother’s Day dinner in addition to a branding meal!It’s that time of yearBabies are bornSpring is finally hereGrass
Published: May 9, 2016
The WestAs the storm that impacted much of the eastern half of the United States formed in the Four Corners region, it brought widespread precipitation over much of eastern Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. Abnormally dry conditions were improved over eastern Nevada and Utah this week. A reanalysis of the data available in northwest Utah allowed for an improvement to
Published: May 6, 2016
For the health conscious, wearable technology such as the Fitbit tracker is increasingly popular for counting steps or calories, monitoring heart rate or tracking mileage on your bike.The health technology is also being used by some animals.Quantified Ag, a start-up based in Lincoln, Neb. is developing a Fitbit for cattle designed to help feedlots take the guesswork out of tracking
Published: May 6, 2016
It was a town that had little trace of the community it used to be.That is, until a historical marker was put in place in a ceremony in April.The town of DeWitty is no longer there, but it will be marked, in large thanks to the efforts by author Stew Magnuson. Magnuson is the author of “The Last American Highway:
Published: May 6, 2016
A person who collects neckties is a grabatologist. I am not one, by the way. In fact, I recently had a cleansing of all the neckties I own. Vowing to never, ever wear a necktie again was a cathartic experience and I feel a new sense of freedom and independence. Never again will I be ridiculed for not knowing how
Published: May 6, 2016
When my ol’ Iowa pheasant hunting buddy who moved to near Miami, Okla., several years ago, ol’ Limpy Neese, saw my killdeer story in last week’s column, he sent me an email with a killdeer story that tops mine. It seems that before he left Iowa, he wuz part of a crew who had the job cutting the grass around
Published: May 6, 2016
A signature from Gov. John Hickenlooper is all that’s needed for rain barrels to be fully legal in Colorado. A class at Metropolitan State University of Denver will design a rain barrel to go along with the new law.A group of students will take on the project in an industrial design course taught by Mike Mayberry with one goal in
Published: May 6, 2016
Gentle readers, as much as I respect and admire and appreciate what our farmers go through to provide much of our food, I always felt I could never be a farmer. “Farmers don’t ride horses,” is what I always envisioned in my young mind as a boy. I have always been around farms and farmers and seen the long hours
Published: May 6, 2016
How to lose blubber, tighten a saggy belly, get rid of flab and otherwise obsess about excess adipose tissue has created industries that continue to expand — pun intended.You can’t read a newspaper, magazine or billboard without being urged to try yet another diet, sign on for exercise at the gym or eat a magic berry that will guarantee you’ll
Published: May 6, 2016
One of the Facebook posts I read today featured the cover of a book titled, “Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want.”Just moments before reading that, I received an email with the following quoted message.A boat docked in a tiny fishing village. A tourist complimented the local fisherman on the quality of his
Published: May 6, 2016
Though I miss a lot about Texas and Kansas, I am thankful to be back in Colorado so my kids can be closer to my parents and get to know them better. During spring break, my kids had a chance to spend a weekend at my parents’ farm and they had a great time. In fact, they had so much
Published: May 6, 2016
Saturdays and Sundays this time of year will bring neighbors together for brandings.Everybody does things a little differently, but the one thing you’ll find at nearly every branding is a cooler full of expensive, essential vaccines. Vaccines have been shown to save countless hours and dollars for cattle producers, however, safe practices and awareness aren’t always the highest priority.“Watch your
Published: May 6, 2016
Hannah Harwager is headed for big things in her life.The Nebraska High School Rodeo contestant has excelled in the classroom, in the rodeo arena, and now hopes to do the same in college this fall.The eighteen year old cowgirl is the recipient of a Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) scholarship, a program instituted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Published: May 3, 2016
When Hanmei Hoffman tells her childhood friends she grew up to be a farmer, they can’t believe it.Hoffman and her friends all left the farm life behind in Putian, a village in southeast China and her hometown. Now those friends mostly work in the Chinese factories and high-rises while she and her husband Derrick grow fruits and veggies on their
Published: May 3, 2016
Branding day is often an anticipated neighborhood event for North Dakota producers.As pastures green and turnout approaches, many producers enlist the help of neighbors and friends for branding day.North Dakota Stockmen’s Association brand officials are offering tips to accomplish the goal of producing crisp, clear images that leave no doubt concerning the ownership of your livestock. Stan Misek, NDSA chief
Published: May 3, 2016
I’m going to start this off with full disclosure: I’ve never successfully grown anything.I killed a cactus houseplant once. I had a bamboo plant for a couple years, but only because it was so hardy, it took that long for it to die its slow, painful death. I can’t even successfully grow my hair out, because I’m not patient enough.I’m
Published: April 29, 2016
Being born is a traumatic experience! I remember...no, I guess I don’t? It’s an amazing blessing that we can’t recall much about our first days of existence.That thought occurred to me as I stared over the fence at the prettiest little heifer calf. She was red with a white face and black eyelashes. Her mama was a black bally and
Published: May 3, 2016
Animal evaluation skills and livestock programs at a mini “boot camp” will be featured May 25 at the NCTA Standard of Excellence Livestock Judging Camp at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.The camp for youth ages 8 to 18 will feature animal evaluation skills and oral reasons of beef, swine, sheep and goats, said Douglas Smith, PhD, NCTA
Published: May 3, 2016
The WestParts of the Great Basin to central Rockies received 1-3 inches of precipitation, with amounts locally over 3 inches in Nevada and adjoining Idaho. Smaller amounts fell to the north, with no precipitation reported across much of the Southwest. D0 was pulled back in parts of Montana and Wyoming, and D2 in south central Montana was deleted. D0 expanded
Published: April 29, 2016
Skyview School of STEM kids entered the gymnasium class by class. They sat squirming on the gymnasium floor, waiting to hear the big news.Kendra Jacoby, Skyview’s gifted and talented teacher stood in front of the assembly and made the big reveal — Skyview received a $60,000 Great Outdoors Colorado mini grant for an outdoor classroom. The classroom will include a
Published: April 29, 2016
Beef producers, extension educators, veterinarians and others in the beef industry are encouraged to attend the 2016 Beef Methane Conference May 11-12, hosted by Nebraska Extension. The conference will be at the Cornhusker Marriot Hotel, 333 S. 13th St. in Lincoln. Attendees will learn the latest on beef cattle enteric methane production, why it is produced, the impact of its
Published: April 29, 2016
Eleven-year-old Jonan Bush, has a green thumb, even if it’s still little.He likes helping his mom plant new flowers in her garden. When the pair attended Spring Field Day April 24 in Belleville, Kan., hosted by Kansas State University’s River Valley Extension District, he got the chance to learn about new plants, something he was very excited about.That joy about
Published: April 29, 2016
Agriculture and its many offshoots can be hazardous endeavors.Risks come during machinery operation, handling livestock and other animals, weather and more. To help warn and advise farmers and ranchers, the first Ag Safety Day for Larimer County was held April 23 at Centennial Livestock Auction.“I have seen several ag-related accidents over the years and realize that some kids don’t have
Published: April 29, 2016
To hear Mr. and Mrs. Urban Airhead talk, you’d think farming and ranching are activities we engage in for our own foolish pleasure. They talk about how much water we waste as if we are filling our Olympic-size swimming pools with it. I know I wake up every morning and the first thing I think of is, “How much water
Published: April 29, 2016
The legend of Joaquin Murieta is just that — a legend.Therefore, it’s not easy to know what is truth. It is certain that Murieta migrated north from his native Mexico to California in pursuit of gold during the Gold Rush. There, Murieta encountered severe racism, and he and his wife may have been attacked.New Mexico novelist Thomas D. Clagett takes
Published: April 29, 2016
Dr. Charles Neumann finds two of his favorite things, animals and kids, wrapped up in one event ­­— high school rodeo.The retired veterinarian volunteers his time and expertise at the Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo in Hastings, Neb. every year, and will do it again this June, when the finals comes to town June 16-18.He’s there in case an animal
Published: April 29, 2016
On the wall in Ed Orr’s office in west Greeley is a plaque showing the family’s cattle brands. His is pictured last, the latest in a line of Colorado ranchers dating back four generations. When you ask him about his two set of cattle, he smiles. One groups runs on a ranch in Grand County and the other grazes just
Published: April 29, 2016
As Colorado development land becomes a hot commodity and farming overhead costs grow, ag properties become less likely to survive as-is when sold.Some multi-generational farm owners try to hang onto their family’s rural roots by devoting part of their land to farm museums, or through Community Sponsored Agriculture endeavors or special event-driven festivities. One Fort Collins farm more than 130
Published: April 29, 2016
Low commodity prices are beginning to affect agriculture land prices in some Colorado regions, but not as much in Weld and Morgan Counties.Ryan Hostetler, managing broker at AGPROfessionals in Greeley, said the Weld County market is still very strong, probably due to limited supply.“The demand for agriculture land and water in Weld County has not diminished,” Hostetler said. “There’s a
Published: April 29, 2016
Earlier this month, my agency – the Agricultural Marketing Service – released data showing that there are now more than 21,000 certified organic operations in the United States and more than 31,000 around the world. These numbers represent an increase of almost 12 percent between 2014 and 2015, continuing the trend of rapid growth in the organic sector as consumer
Published: April 29, 2016
While watching the “telly” recently, I again saw an advertisement promoting beef, chicken and pork products that are hormone and antibiotic-free.Hummmm... So I reckon you might want to eat a meat product that at one time could have been sick and survived without medication? So was it completely well or was there some residual effects? We take our kids to
Published: April 29, 2016
I mentioned recently that I’d moved my purple martin bird houses to a new, more open location. Of course, the dreaded starlings and pesky English sparrows quickly moved in before the purple martins arrived.Well, a couple of days ago, a pair of purple martins arrived and I sat on the deck and watched what happened. The martins perched on top
Published: April 29, 2016
Last year, I had a large number of complaints on prickly lettuce. It was being mistaken for a thistle. The leaves look very much like thistle leaves. There are even prickly spines going up the midrib of the leaf on the underside. It has tiny yellow flowers like a sunflower. These flowers turn into white puff balls and blow around
Published: April 29, 2016
The products were made at the company’s Waco, Texas facility and recalled because of potential contamination from outside materials, including plastic, wood, rubber and metal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The products included popcorn chicken, breaded chicken patties, chicken nuggets and other similar chicken products produced between Aug. 21, 2014, and March 1,
Published: April 26, 2016
When Jack Annan went to Colorado State University, he knew he wasn’t going to grow crops for the rest of his life.He could have gone the traditional route and taken over the family farm in LaSalle, like many did. But the Weld County land that housed hogs and grew sugar beets, alfalfa hay, potatoes, oats and corn also helped sprout
Published: April 22, 2016
Gena Rose slipped into her coveralls, pulled on a baseball cap and reached for a glass Corona beer bottle from a picnic table.“It’s milk for one of the kids,” she said. “We’d use old Coke bottles, but you can’t find them anymore. The rubber nipple doesn’t fit on anything else.” Rose was introduced to the Boer goat breed four years
Published: April 26, 2016
Sometimes in life, it’s a matter of finding out what you’re good at and then doing it.That was the case for a thirteen-year-old buckskin named Chuck.Chuck wasn’t any good at ranch work, and he didn’t really care about tie-down roping.But when it came to steer wrestling, he loved it.Chuck was purchased by a Nebraska Sandhills ranch family as a weanling
Published: April 22, 2016

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