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Big numbers at National FFA Convention

One can’t help but be inspired by the quality and the hard work of the young people clad in those distinctive jackets who, for a few short days are turning Louisville a bluer hue. This week’s National FFA Convention will once again transform the city of Louisville into a sea of corduroy as big numbers [...]

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This buck is particularly stinky and the lady goats seem to prefer him above other bucks because of his stench.

Welcome to the Stink Fest

No, I don’t technically hold a festival dedicated to all things stinky at my house each fall, but despite that fact a powerful stench annually wafts from the barn area. I’m not polluting the air, and I haven’t started a home for wayward skunks, but despite that fact things tend to get a little raunchy [...]

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Clay

Is the CAUV grass greener?

Anyone with fenced in livestock understands the idiom: the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Such is the case for our Great Pyrenees sheep dog that we have penned up with our sheep. The dog’s name is Clay. He has a pretty nice setup in the barn and pasture with [...]

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Manure spreader

I fought the manure spreader and I won

The manure  pile at our place was in desperate need of spreading this fall but it is a task that neither my husband, Mark (nor I) treasure, which is why the pile had reached its current height. If the job only entailed hooking up the spreader and going for a joy ride in the tractor [...]

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Space for sale horse was at a premium during the 2014 Fall Mid-Ohio Draft Horse Sale which was demonstrated by these horses seen tied to a wagon.

Impressive size and comfort added to new sale barn at Mt. Hope Auction

I finally had a chance to visit the new building at the Mt. Hope Auction during the fall Mid-Ohio Draft Horse Sale. I was surprised by the size of the facility and the length of my stay at the sale. In the past,  whenever I attended a sale, my visits were often brief due to [...]

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Farmer Johann Huber presents his cow, Doris, in a diaper, in Gmund am Tegnersee, Germany Photo: EPA/MARC MUELLE

Diapers on cows: A water quality solution?

Here in Ohio, we are talking about water quality and nutrient management on the farm on a daily basis. Farmers are making a very conscious effort to better their practices on the farm to tackle an issue that affects the quality of the water that their own families and their neighbors downstream drink. Although the [...]

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Fair rodeo much better than the real thing

It is Fairfield County Fair week for the Reeses — the last (and best in the argument of some) fair in Ohio each year. Sheep shows, guys and gals lead, open cattle show, pee-wee showmanship, and plenty of poultry will dominate the week for our family, along with a healthy dose of autumn fair food [...]

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Farm bill calculator has Ohio roots

As the extremely important decision about the Farm Bill programs draws nearer, farmers can take advantage of more tools that are becoming available to help in that decision. And, as is the case for so much at the federal level, Ohio has played an important role in the development of some of these tools. Anthony [...]

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Ura Hershberger held the lines of the six-horse hitch of Percheron mares from Eagle Creek Farm as he prepared to enter the arena to compete in the Governor’s Cup during the 2014 Ohio State Fair.

World Percheron Congress: “You win at home”

As many Ohio Percheron owners prepare to leave the Buckeye State and head to Massachusetts for the World Percheron Congress in October, Ura Hershberger is confident that the Percheron mares he exhibits will be prepared for the show. Ura drives a mare hitch for Eagle Creek Percherons, of Montpelier. He and the crew at Eagle [...]

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