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Blog: Kim Lemmon

Kim Lemmon has been a member of the Ohio’s Country Journal staff since 1999. She is currently the manager editor. This position requires her to position the advertisements and articles in each issue. She is also required to write a weekly blog and schedule advertisements on the website.

Kim graduated from The Ohio State University in 1999 with a major in Agricultural Communications and a minor in Equine Science. Kim and her husband, Mark, reside in Morrow County.

The Lemmons currently own a Percheron mare and several mini horses. They also breed and raise a few pygmy goats each year.

Kim has owned horses since she was a child and has been involved in many aspects of the horse industry since that time. From 2002 until 2010, Kim operated her own riding lesson program that included coaching 4-H members, adults and a college equestrian program. She is also a former 4-H horse judge.

This may or may not be a photo of a large cat print in Ohio.

Creature weekend is approaching – Send me your photos

My recent blogs about coy wolves and mountain lions have garnered much attention. Some folks think these creatures only live in people’s imaginations while others believe they do indeed live in Ohio. Since writing these blogs, I have received trail camera photos and stories from hunters. Several of the pictures and first hand accounts do [...]

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“Expanding goat” and friends deliver unexpected numbers

We were awakened at 4 a.m. by a goat in labor on a day when the temperatures started out below zero and the high was in the single digits. When I bred the goats last fall, I never imagined that in late February the temperatures would be so brutal. Despite the below zero temperatures, we [...]

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Horsin’ around in the snow

Fred and Darlena Chettle of Wellsville don’t let snow and cold weather keep them from enjoying driving their Percheron horses in the winter. On the occasion shown in the photos with this blog Fred is driving Ethel, an 11-year-old grey Percheron mare, and Apollo, a coming three-year-old Percheron gelding. Charlie, the farm dog, made sure [...]

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Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Don’t feed wildlife this winter

Looking out a window on a cold winter day to the site of hungry wildlife munching happily on food intentionally provided for them by landowners can create an image that warms the heart and soul. Home and land owners often believe they are helping these creatures during the leaner times of winter by leaving food [...]

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Percheron stallion celebrates start of breeding season with snow romp

No matter what kind of  livestock are raised on a farm, birthing and breeding seasons are always exciting times as producers plan for the next generation of animals that will come into the world on their farms. As it turns out, the people living on the farms aren’t always the only ones that become excited [...]

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Photo by Kristin Reese.

Ohio’s state parks offer winter fun

Even during the bleak days of an Ohio winter, Ohio’s state parks can offer plenty of fun activities. Fill some of winter’s long dark days by attending events held at Ohio’s state parks this season. Some activities are held outside while others provide indoor entertainment. No matter whether you enjoy an active lifestyle or just [...]

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Auction buyer tries to stuff three calves in his car

Sometimes I’m really thankful for my Facebook friends, and this would be one of those times. A FB friend from Wisconsin shared the story below that was found in the police report section of one of the local papers. There’s not much else to say, but holy cow! “2:50 p.m. Caller in Stanley Township says [...]

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Preparing for births on small-scale livestock hobby farms

Some reading this blog are probably very experienced livestock producers. For experienced producers, the process of preparing to bring new life onto the farm is nothing new. However, as the number of new people entering the field of small-scale livestock production increases, more folks are becoming interested in raising small livestock on a small scale [...]

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Sam, the miniature horse, enjoys the falling snow and temperatures of winter.

Five reasons to be thankful for winter

Most folks seem to dread winter. I can’t really blame them; as we all know, winter is a really dark, cold and dreary time. I also realize that winter can add extra difficulties when caring for livestock or working outside, and for some it can intensify existing health issues. As for me though, although I [...]

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Helina was only a month or so into her pregnancy when this photo was taken.

The mystery of the expanding Pygmy goat

During winter, I increase the feed I offer to my livestock. As temperatures drop, their caloric needs can increase somewhat as they burn more energy to keep warm and healthy. My goal is to make sure the animals are able to maintain healthy weights during this time when their energy needs increase. I try to [...]

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