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How One of Us Got Here

In August of 2014, a group of on-line friends started a Facebook page, then a webpage called Ask the Farmers, to help consumers find answers to their questions about agriculture. We had never met in person, but we had all come to recognize each other’s names as we bounced around, countering myths about agriculture. A […]

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National Scrapple Day

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I should have known that I was on to something when my spell check didn’t recognize the word “scrapple.” But anyway, today, November 9th, is National Scrapple Day. I’m not sure who proclaimed it so, and by what authority, but as far as I’m concerned, scrapple is something worth celebrating. Like most things from your […]

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Another Box

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I’m still trying to decipher all my mom’s projects, and I’ve gotten through about two boxes, leaving me about twenty or so to go. It would be a lot simpler if the instructions had gotten packed away with the projects, but that really would be too much to ask, and besides, on most of these […]

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Multi-generational House Cleaning

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About 15 years ago, my mom moved into the rental house on the farm, bringing with her at least two generations of accumulated domestic projects, most of them not completed. She’s now in a nursing home, and I’m left emptying her house, sorting through darning eggs, my grandmother’s afghans, and boxes of zippers to be […]

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C93 – Peeping Tom

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In addition to obliterating one of my crepe myrtles, C93 found a few other ways to get my attention during her convalescence. Overseeing the cleaning of our basement was one of them. She’s actually standing under the porch. This is why we can’t have nice things.  

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C93’s Rough Month

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C93 looks good now, and is in the pasture with the rest of the cows. But a month ago, it seemed she was as good as gone. On October 4, when I did my afternoon cow check, I found C93 in trouble. When cows are calving, they tend to get up and down to facilitate […]

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C93 Preview

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C93 is a home bred cow, and for the past couple of weeks has been a lawn ornament. She looks good enough now, but 30 days ago, her outlook wasn’t very promising. It’s a long story, and I’ll go into more detail tomorrow. But her story is reminder of why we don’t always leave everything […]

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Sale Day, Pay Day

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Who forgot to take pictures on sale day? I forgot to take pictures on sale day. And that’s really bad, givenĀ  we only sell calves twice a year. When we sold retail beef, “payday” used to be spread out a bit. But now that we’re back to selling calves only twice a year, “payday” is […]

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Load-Out Day

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First thing this morning, we headed out to our neighbors feedlot to sort and load a group of our calves, and get them to the sale barn. The calves were being kind of silly, but we got them down the road and unloaded in little more than an hour. It wasn’t prime picture-taking time, from […]

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A Tale of Two Cows

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To be honest, another reason the blog and webpage have been so sorely neglected is because I spend a lot of time on Facebook, and through some of the relationships I developed there, I’m now an occasional contributor to two pages – Ask the Farmers and The Food and Farm Discussion Lab. The Food and […]

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