HIKE TO A DIFFERENT BLEAT

DEIRDRE FLEMING

It’s not often you go on a spring hike around farmland in Maine and feel the full wonder of history. And we’re not talking about stonewalls or cellar holes. Come tromp through the woods, through fields and over a creek with characters named Joshua Chamberlain, Flyrod Crosby and Percival Baxter. These are some of the names of the goats at Ten Apple Farm, which is owned by photographer Karl Schatz and author Margaret Hathaway.

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FROM THE RANCH GATE TO THE DINNER PLATE

Most Americans are several generations removed from a background in production agriculture, and have little if any, first-hand knowledge about where their food comes from and how that food is produced.  American Lamb is raised from coast-to-coast, and border-to-border.  From the Ranch Gate to Dinner Plate was filmed in Colorado, and takes a look a seasonal look production practices in that state.

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PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

BETSY FREESE

Sometimes I’m not sure if it’s the twenty-first century or 1850 on our Iowa farm. We can swing through the centuries in minutes. One Saturday night my husband, Bob, decided our family should butcher four market lambs. The sun had gone down, cold had set in, and we needed to fill the freezer. Wouldn’t it be fun to do the butchering ourselves, just like in the pioneering days?

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PREGNANCY KETOSIS

Pregnancy Ketosis (Twin Lamb Disease) is a metabolic disease of late gestation ewes. The disease exists when the nutrient requirements of the growing lambs in the uterus exceed the nutrient intake of the ewe. While the concept of the disease is easy treatment and prevention can be more difficult. To explain the frustration of treatment and prevention let us first examine a typical ewe during gestation.

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17 MISTAKES TO AVOID WITH ELECTRIC FENCING

WAYNE BURLESON

With 30 years of experience building hundreds of miles of smooth-wire electric fence, I’ve seen just about every fencing mistake possible. And I continue to see folks make many of the same common mistakes. I still make mistakes myself, because I’m constantly challenging myself to make fencing easier, faster, stronger, and safer.

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