Tuesday

Avery Manure Spreader

Avery Manure Spreader

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If draft animal power is your first choice, there are many models of excellent mid to small-sized, pull-type, two-wheeled, ground-drive manure spreaders that might be quite handy when used with a forecart. The Minneapolis Moline Avery is but one. Today there are Amish shops making spreaders new. And, across North America, it is still possible to find serviceable used spreaders at farm sales.

Heritage Shorthorns

Heritage Shorthorns

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For those unfamiliar with the Shorthorn cattle breed they are considered a dual purpose breed that can be used for both meat and milk and are either polled or horned. Their color can be solid red, solid white, or mixtures of red with white or roan. Their long history as a dual purpose cattle breed is the result of their many positive genetic traits that separate them from all other cattle breeds making them the ideal animal for small family farms. Their calm, gentle dispositions, foraging ability, feed efficiency, fertility, and maternal instinct are just a few of their genetic traits that have been valued by cattle breeders and farmers worldwide over the last two centuries.

Tweety A Legendary Setter

Tweety: A Legendary Setter

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One summer afternoon, I heard a commotion up the hill behind the house. Running around the house I was too stunned by what I saw to respond in time to help. There was Tweety in an out-and-out ground battle with a hawk! Evidently the hawk dove for one of her half grown chicks and she dove for the hawk. There they were in a feather flying fight. Dad’s dog Curly wasted no time in breaking it up.

Walling the Restless Out and In

Walling the Restless Out and In

Sometimes in the human adventure we need to go all the way back to man’s first premises and departures, the first turnings in the trail, and refresh our notions of ourselves by rethinking those first steps. The human situation now as urban man risks making the planet unlivable for all other species is just such a moment, and Anthony Sattin’s book Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World is such a refreshing look.