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 [...]Read More
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 Marion County.
The Lemmons currently own several miniature 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.
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 [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More
Early in the bleak darkness of one winter morning of 2014, I fed my livestock by the light of the moon. The ground was snow covered and the lighting was low. There was also a bit of a wintery mist in the air. I was half way through my chores, and in anticipation of turning [...]Read More