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‘Thank you, thank you very much’

Because it is fair season, I am going to print a tutorial here from The Fence Post assistant editor/reporter Rachel Spencer about writing thank you notes. Here it is: A quality thank you note may...




Controlling burrowing rodents

Rodents like prairie dogs, ground squirrels and pocket gophers can damage fields, pastures and crops. When these critters move into your barnyards or pastures they may need to be controlled. Robert M. Timm, PhD, Extension...


Farm Bureau asks for additional PPP provisions in the HEALS Act

Though the Senate’s Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act would help more farmers and ranchers participate in the Paycheck Protection Program, the American Farm Bureau Federation is calling for additional changes to make...



Septicemia can kill calves quickly

Calves sometimes develop systemic infection in which bacteria or their toxins get into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body, creating life-threatening illness. Bacteria or viruses in the blood can cause septicemia. Bacterial toxins in...


Nominations sought for Colorado Hemp Advisory Committee

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is seeking member nominations for its Hemp Advisory Committee. The HAC advises the Department and confers on all matters regarding the regulation of hemp. Committee members assist...


James Arness on Anzio Beach in WWII

Four months shy of his 21st birthday, James King Aurness of Minneapolis, Minn., was waiting anxiously with fellow soldiers, standing on one of the U.S. Army’s WWII landing barges of the U.S. 3rd Army Infantry...




Pinkeye in cattle: A challenging disease

Pinkeye causes millions of dollars in loss each year for producers, due to poor weight gains, prices docked because of eye damage or blindness, calves cut back at sale time, etc. Stockmen generally try to...


How to raise an orphan calf

Many ranchers have raised calves on bottles (a twin, or a heifer’s calf that isn’t accepted by its mother) and it’s easy with a newborn or young calf. More challenging is the 2-month-old calf that’s...


Dusty Road Solutions

Dust is a price many of us pay to live in the country. Some 70% of U.S. roads are unpaved, and the EPA says about 40% of dust particles come from these unpaved roads right...






Catahoula Leopard Dog: Not your average stock dog

“A Catta whatta?” That’s the most common response that owners of Catahoula Leopards get after answering the question, “What kind of dog is that?” The largest breed of stock dog, a Catahoula, typically weighs between...