MU Extension project helps 93-year-old farmer – Houston Herald

Farmers like 93-year-old Harry Keutzer don’t quit just because their body parts slow down.

His hens, cows and pets depend on him. So do customers at the Kansas City-area farmers markets where he sells produce, eggs and hand-loomed rugs.

The Missouri AgrAbility Project, through University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, provides aging farmers with information, referrals and a variety of resources to keep working.

Lincoln University Extension farm and AgrAbility outreach worker Susan Jaster carried out an assessment of accessibility at Keutzer’s Lafayette County farm and made recommendations on how to make the home safer and more accessible.


Harry Keutzer


MU Extension state health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch said AgrAbility helps farmers with disabilities caused by age, injury or illness to keep farming. The program provides research-based information and appropriate referrals to other agencies as needed.

America’s farm population has been aging rapidly over the last 30 years. According to the USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, released in 2014, the average age of U.S. farmers is 58.3 years. There are now more farmers over 75 than between the ages of 35 and 44, Funkenbusch said.

Keutzer and his daughter-in-law, Stacy, grew 3,000 tomato plants in a high tunnel last year. They also planted a three-acre garden and put in a large plot of potatoes on a neighbor’s garden spot. Stacy picks all of the produce and Harry sorts it. Both wash and pack it.

Mobility is a challenge. When it rains, Keutzer has to stay inside and can’t work. But Keutzer’s energy level and stamina during the three-hour farm assessment surprised Jaster.

“He has the energy and deserves to be able to carry on his active life,” she said.

AgrAbility recommended a different type of scooter to reduce fatigue and help him maneuver around the farm over muddy and rough ground. The program also recommended a hydraulic lift to move pallets from the ground to make it easier to load produce onto the enclosed truck the Keutzers take to farmers markets.

Harry’s weathered hands are rarely idle and his mind remains active with farmer ingenuity. He finds it increasingly difficult to plant, so he and his son, Virgil, built a transplanter for their small tractor. It plants and waters the plant plug and lays weed-barrier plastic.

He uses his scooter to check on 100 chickens and takes buckets of water to livestock. He milks a three-teated cow that provides milk for two calves and a gallon a day for milk, butter, homemade ice cream and tapioca for the Keutzers.

He still enjoys cutting wood. He makes wine and helps his daughter-in-law cut fabric strips to make into loomed rugs. In October, he assisted a calving cow with a difficult birth.

Keutzer grew up working with his brothers on his father’s 500-acre farm at Creighton, Mo. He was so small when he started milking cows that his father had a special milking stool made for him.

He went to a country school until eighth grade. He said boys carried .22-caliber single-shot rifles to school, shooting rabbits and squirrels along the way to feed their families. And all boys had a two-bladed pocketknife, he says, to skin wild game and play “mumblepeg” at recess.

After school each day, he listened to 15 minutes of the Tom Mix cowboy show on the radio before starting chores. The radio wasn’t turned on again until 9:30 p.m., when the family listened to “Amos ’n’ Andy” and the news.

He farmed with a team of horses before buying his first tractor, a Farmall F-20. In 1942, Harry bought his second tractor, an Allis-Chalmers WC, at auction for $870.

He and other farmers anxiously awaited electrification through REA. On Jan. 7, 1945, he and his wife, Johnnie, celebrated her birthday in nearby Clinton. They returned home to a house lit with electricity, and their new Montgomery Ward refrigerator was plugged in and running.

He, his wife and a hired hand traveled the area baling hay from spring to fall. His wife drove the tractor as he put the 8 ½-foot wires into the baler. The hired hand tied the bales. It was hard work, but Keutzer and his wife made enough money to buy a new Kaiser automobile with cash.

In 1952, the Keutzers moved to southern Minnesota, where his uncles lived. He rented 320 acres on shares and was one of the first to plant soybean. Corn was selling for $1.25 a bushel under a government price-protection system.

Times were different then, Harry recalls. Farm implement dealers and oil companies helped young farmers get started by extending credit until crops were sold. He bought a four-row cultivator, planter, disk, a new corn picker and two new tractors – a John Deere 720 diesel and an IH Farmall 400 – on credit.

He and Johnnie also opened their home to 50 foster children during their time in Minnesota. The dinner table was often set for more than 20. He taught the children the value of rural life, hard work and being self-sufficient.

In 1959, his father quit farming and he returned to Missouri. Harry rented the farm next to his father’s and had 1,000 acres of South Grand River bottomland.

They farmed the home place until 1972, when Truman Reservoir took much of their land. They sold out and returned to Minnesota to a 45-head dairy farm.

His son met Stacy and married. She wasn’t a farm girl but quickly learned how to care for 45 bucket calves. They farmed there until Harry’s wife died, then moved to Iowa. He worked until he was 81 as a night watchman for Spee-Dee Delivery Services before moving to Napoleon.

Keutzer’s farming practices and lifestyle evolved as times and technology changed. He keeps current with technology by following farm auctions and news online.

Just as he learned to incorporate new farming methods throughout his life, he has learned to adjust as a farming nonagenarian.

AgrAbility gives him the resources to continue doing what he loves to do-provide food to feed America.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an agency of USDA, administers the AgrAbility Project.

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Brighten up your home – Waterbury Republican American

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CHICAGO TRIBUNENo need to break out the crayons. Beat the winter grays with bright stuff for your home. Here are some products to get you started.

1. Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders’ cheeky designs make clashing colors harmonious. His Herringbone carpet for The Rug Company is a case in point. $129 per square foot at The Rug Company, Chicago.

2. Primary colors and simple organic shapes mark the chairs from the Swedish design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune for Tacchini. The Kelly E Chair is $2,300, at Orange Skin, Chicago.

3. The Lindona Necklace from Songa Designs, an eco-friendly accessories line made by women in Rwanda as a way to establish their economic independence. Each handmade piece is made of repurposed natural materials such as banana leaf fiber, sisal plant, and cow horn. $48 at songadesigns. com.

4. Improve your mood by upholstering Vitra’s Mariposa sofa in a bold hue. Pick from dozens of colors including poppy red, grass green, magenta and lemon, pictured. $7,520 at

5. Four shades in different hues give the Tam Tam suspension lamp by Design Fabien Dumas a colorful personality. $1,093 at

6. Give time the attention it deserves with a clock that steals the proverbial show. Normann Copenhagen’s Watch Me Wall Clock is $50 at

7. Studio Job’s paper lamp for Moooi is inspired by classic lamps but draws on a crafty material. $1,703.00 at

8. Warm up any seat in the room with Maharam’s Millerstripe Pillow with fabric designed by famed 20th-century industrial designer Alexander Girard. The 17-inch pillow is 92 percent wool and 8 percent nylon and sports a cotton insert with a duck feather fill. $175 at

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Man killed after cars hit cow on Hume Freeway in Barnawartha North – The Age

A man has been killed after two cars collided with a cow on the Hume Freeway in Victoria’s north-east on Wednesday morning.

The first car, travelling north, hit the cow as it stood in the middle of the highway in Barnawartha North, about 2am.

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A man in his 50s dies after a car collided with a cow on the Hume Freeway.

Four occupants had got out of the car when a second vehicle collided with the cow, striking two of them.

A man aged in his 50s, who was a passenger in the first car, died at the scene.

Police inspect the first vehicle involved in the Barnawartha North crash. Police inspect the first vehicle involved in the Barnawartha North crash.  Photo: Mark Jesser/Border Mail

A second man in his 40s, also a passenger in the first car, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are asking people to avoid the area. Traffic diversions are in place near the Murray Valley Highway.

Police photograph the second car involved in the fatal crash in Barnawartha North. Police photograph the second car involved in the fatal crash in Barnawartha North.  Photo: Mark Jesser/Border Mail

The death takes the road toll to 220, compared to 188 at this time last year.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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ICI Pakistanto invest in Japanese dairy products | Business … – The News International

KARACHI: ICI Pakistan Limited on Tuesday unveiled its plan to partner with Japanese and local companies to set up Rs4.8 billion worth of facility for making dairy products in the country. 

The Karachi-based chemical firm, in a notice issued to the Pakistan Stock Exchange, said it will collaborate with Morinaga Milk Industry Company Limited of Japan and Unibrands Private Limited to establish the plant for manufacturing Morinaga infant formula products.

“The project is subject to regulatory approval,” the company said. “The partnership would include the distribution, marketing and sales of the locally manufactured infant formula.”

ICI Pakistan Limited’s equity stake in the proposed joint venture is intended to be 51 percent, while the combined equity stake of Morinaga Milk Industry Company Limited and Unibrands Private Limited will be 49 percent. 

This plant is expected to be operational in 2018. The new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is set to be the first ever Morinaga manufacturing facility established in Pakistan. 

“This development underscores the trust that ICI Pakistan Limited enjoys, nationally and with international partners, as a result of the company’s high operating standards in all the areas,” said an ICI spokesman.

NutriCo Pakistan Private Limited, a joint venture between ICI Pakistan Limited, Morinaga Milk Industry Company Limited and Unibrands Private Limited, has been importing, marketing and distributing products from the Japanese company since 2014.

ICI Pakistan holds 40 percent stake in NutriCo. Morinaga brands, founded in 1917, have had a presence in Pakistan for more than 38 years.  “This new venture is in perfect alignment with our strategy, and the company’s brand promise, cultivating growth,” Asif Jooma, chief executive at ICI Pakistan said.

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Bringing the autumn indoors, interior designs for the fall – Leicester Mercury


Follow the trend for full-fat luxe – or its more informal cousin ‘shabby chic’ – and conjure an elegant, understated neutral palette, including pale grey, embellished with decorative details from vases to mirrors.

“Our palatial look takes inspiration from an elegant French townhouse style, with a soft colour palette emphasising the clean look,” says Joanna Branson, print designer at Sainsbury’s.

“We’ve featured greys and dusty pinks and, to give it a modern twist, added touches of glass, or a delicate linear floral print for a vintage look.”

DECOR TIP: Sensual textures will ramp up the comfort, so add fur rugs, velvets and silks, and bring sparkle and light with vintage mirrors, candlesticks and hurricane lamps. House of Fraser’s Casa Couture collection has pieces made for this look.

GET THE LOOK: The glamorous Palatial collection from by Sainsbury’s features many of the decadent touches needed for this style, and they’re available in its stores over the next few months. My favourites are a Mirrored Effect Occasional Table, £40, and Sketch Bouquet Printed Bedlinen, £25 for a double duvet set. Accessorise with a crystal style Valencia Pendant Lamp Shade, £22, and matching Lamp Stand, £28, plus a Mercury Effect Vase, £10, or Glass Pillar Candle Holder, £14 ( Debenhams’ silver and grey Embroidered Deco Cushion, £35, available in October, is another stylish buy (


Designers continue to be inspired by the great outdoors and there’s a choice of interpretations this season – woodland, or the exotic jungle look.

“We’ve chosen a look, Enchanted Forest, which conjures both a dark and mysterious forest with deep green tones as well as a magical woodland with fanciful creatures,” says Julie Varma, senior design and buying director for George Home.

“Nature’s still ruling in interiors, ranging from botanical prints and countryside charm, through to more of a walk on the wild side, with leopard prints and a safari focus.”

DECOR TIP: If a pastoral scene – quirky or otherwise – is too tame, prowl through a selection of wild animal designs and print wallpaper at House of Hackney. Their Wild Card Butterscotch (leopard print) wallpaper, £85 a roll, is striking ( Graham & Green’s rug range includes a Black and White Cow Skin Rug, £265 (

GET THE LOOK: George Home avoids cute and captures chic with its Enchanted Hybrid collection, including a Hybrid Animals Duvet Set, from £13, and Hybrid Fox Cushion, £8. It also has a be-suited Well Dressed Stag Ornament, £12 ( There’s a delightful botanical look to the Feathers Side Plate, £6, part of the Darwin dinnerware range at Marks & Spencer ( Join the critter club and embellish a cupboard or chest with Hare Doorknobs, £10 for set of four, by Sainsbury’s. (


Dulux has chosen a blue-grey, Denim Drift, as its colour for 2017, thereby ensuring blues will be on the decor map for a long time to come.

“Denim Drift is a versatile grey-blue, the must-have colour for the year ahead, and its complementary colour palette of tonal blues shows the growing importance of this colour area. Blue remains, after all, the world’s favourite colour,” says Rebecca Williamson, colour and design trend expert at Dulux.

“Denim blue is set to dominate the fashion trend agenda for next year, and this colour will be mirrored in homes. It’s the perfect fit for settings which are soothing and simple, yet stylish.”

DECOR TIP: Turn up the visual impact with brighter blues and take it down with muted blues – it’s all about suiting the style and personality of the room.

GET THE LOOK: Brush up a room’s style by painting a wall in Dulux’s Denim Drift flat matt emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5L ( A delightful painterly effect features on a Watercolour Floral range at George Home, with a Watercolour Floral Cushion, £8, available now in store and online, and matching Duvet Set, from £16, available in October. Give the bathroom an injection of colour and luxury by displaying a set of Biba Peacock Velour Towels in blue, currently from £11.20-£28 (previously £14-£35), House of Fraser ( A Cleo Bird Print Cushion, £15, Marks & Spencer, features rich shades of blue and green (

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Does Being An Environmentalist Require A Certain Look? –

I once wrote an article about sustainable living that generated a great deal of controversy. In addition to a rousing debate in the comments section, it also inspired a rather, erm, energetic rebuttal on another site. This post vehemently opposed the ideas I’d outlined in the article, and then began to take me to task personally for being a hypocrite and a fake environmentalist. This attack was bit bewildering but even more so was one of the comments, made after the author did some poking around my personal blog: “Does this look like the living room of an environmentalist?” they asked, indignantly, of a picture I’d posted. The implied answer, of course, was no. 

The living room of an environmentalist

Is this the living room of an environmentalist? You be the judge. Image Credit: Madeleine Somerville

I looked at the picture in question (above) and felt immediately confused. The room shown was fairly simple, not extravagant nor ostentatious in the least. (I keep my hunting trophies and gold filigree in the atrium, obviously.) The room holds a secondhand IKEA couch, books, a lamp I found in the storage room of my apartment building, and a coffee table I bought for $10 and painted. Above the couch are vintage window panes filled with colorful drawings. I stared at the photo for longer than I should have, wondering why I wasn’t seeing the same egregious symbols of an unsustainable life that the commenter did.

The environmentalist ‘equation’

I never did solve the riddle, but I never stopped thinking about the question it inspired:

What does an environmentalist look like? Is there a one-size-fits-all prescription for sustainable living?

In its most clichéd form, it looks like this: Dreadlocks. Shapeless hemp or bamboo clothing colored with vegetable dyes in muddy shades of ochre, brown and dull green. Questionable hygiene. Worn shoes, a petition tucked under one arm. Vegan. A home with shelves full of plants obscuring the windows, Tibetan prayer flags and the lingering scent of incense or essential oils.

I think this is what that article was getting at, that if you don’t somehow embody the outdated stereotype of environmentalist-as-hippie I’ve described above, you’re faking it. They couldn’t be more wrong.

In my work writing about environmental issues, in addition to my own personal commitment to sustainable living, I haven’t once come across an environmentalist who fits the description above, and you don’t have to either. If you’ve been putting off an eco-friendly life because you don’t want to give up a great wardrobe or a tastefully decorated house, you needn’t worry. Sustainable living has never looked so good.

To reap the benefits of sustainable living without looking the clichéd part, it’s all about your sources.

The ‘look’

I have nothing against hemp or bamboo clothing — it’s innovative, comfortable, and so soft, but if it’s simply not your style, there are still scores of stylish, sustainable options for you to check out.

  • Online retailers like Everlane have committed to manufacturing their shirts using fair-trade labor in the U.S., reducing shipping distances, using plastic-free packaging and shipping materials, and avoiding exploitative labor practices.
  • Designer Tom Cridland is positioning himself as the antidote to fast fashion and has developed a stylish T-shirt, sweatshirt and pair of trousers made to last for 30 years.
  • A quick Google search will yield hundreds of other options for someone looking to dress well while also supporting an eco-friendly lifestyle. Sustainable living and looking chic and stylish are far from mutually exclusive — it is possible to do both!

Seconds, anyone?

Second hand goods - environmentalist

You can apply the same “environmentalist” techniques to achieve a chic, stylish and current home whatever your style, without spending thousands or resorting to milk crates and burlap curtains to fit the stereotypical hippie image. Image Credit: Alena Ozerova / Shutterstock

The best way to source items for sustainable living, however, is by skipping the mall or the big-box store, closing the web browser and shopping for gently used items at secondhand or consignment stores. If budget is a concern, and you find yourself unable to invest in eco-friendly fashion — which sometimes comes at a higher price point — a secondhand store will have all your favorite brands and styles for 50 to 75 percent off the retail price. By shopping secondhand, you’re choosing to avoid contributing supporting the greater environmental impact of manufacturing, shipping, packaging and selling brand-new clothing. Once you’ve washed a new item a few times, it’s indistinguishable from secondhand items, anyway.

You can apply the same techniques to achieve a chic, stylish and current home whatever your style, without spending thousands or resorting to milk crates and burlap curtains to fit the stereotypical hippie image. Virtually every piece of furniture I own is secondhand and in excellent condition. It’s allowed me to get the style I want while avoiding harmful chemical off-gassing, wasteful furniture packaging and the hefty price tag, too. There’s also something indescribably exciting about poring through Craigslist ads looking for that perfect couch or dresser. There’s significant thrill to be had in the chase!

I’m proud of my commitment so sustainable living; I’ve worked hard to set up a life that creates little waste and uses few resources. I recycle and compost, buy things secondhand and only when necessary, and reduce resource use like water and electricity as much as I can. But exactly none of this precludes a life where I have a happy, colorful home, or a closet populated with choice, stylish finds. It’s incredibly counterproductive to believe that there is a blueprint for what sustainable living looks like because those whose life fails to fit into that narrow box may feel as though sustainable living isn’t a good fit for them, either.

Best practices

Are there options for sustainable living? Parameters? Guidelines and best practices? Absolutely! There are limits — no one would argue that private jets and thousand-dollar suits manufactured in sweatshops are sustainable, nor living rooms furnished entirely in leather upholstery and cow skin rugs. Yet it is possible to commit to sustainable living without becoming a stereotype or a cliché, or having your wardrobe choices screaming about it. In other words, it is entirely possible to be a hippie, or whatever descriptor you choose, without looking like one.

So, what does an environmentalist look like? Look around you. You’ve probably got a few undercover environmentalists in your life that you don’t even know about.

Feature image credit: Michelle D. Milliman / Shutterstock

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Helicopter tangles with cow. Cow wins – CNET


Australia is dotted with cattle ranges that cover vast distances. You can’t just slap a cowboy on a horse and herd all those cows, so many ranchers use mustering helicopters to act as giant cowpokes in the sky. A Robinson R22 Beta chopper got a little too close to one of its subjects on Sunday and ended up in a burned heap on the ground.

Rounding up cattle by helicopter can be a dangerous affair. Australian news is littered with stories of devastating crashes.

According to the Coen Police in Queensland, as reported by Mashable,
the helicopter in Sunday’s incident crashed after getting one of its rails tangled in a cow’s horns. It lost balance, hit the ground and caught fire. The pilot walked away without any injuries, but the fire department had to put out the flaming mess of machinery.

An image of the cow-encounter aftermath shows the helicopter’s toasted remains on a dirt road. You might be wondering what happened to the tough-as-leather, copter-killing cow. “The cow escaped becoming roast beef and lived to roam another day,” the police noted in a report on the incident.

Here's why we should worry about cancerous substances in dairy … – Firstpost

Parents in India protest when they find their child is “on drugs”. It is a road, which every sensible human being knows, leads to severe brain and body damage and often to death. These same parents don’t seem so concerned about even more lethal drugs that their children eat every day as part of their normal food; drugs that contribute as frequently to severe brain and body damage and as often to death. Are you aware what you or your child eats every day?

Every time you drink milk or eat eggs, meat or chicken, you are eating a cocktail of harmful drugs. Any animal that has been grown forcibly, in container-like factory farms, owes its existence not to mother nature but to chemistry. In the 1920s, the identification of Vitamins A and D made it possible for the broiler industry to crowd a great number of chickens indoors. Then in the 1940s, came Dr Thomas Jukes’ discovery, that antibiotics make chickens grow faster, and from thereon antibiotics became standard additives for poultry, cattle, calves and pigs.

A representational image of chicken farm. Reuters

A representational image of chicken farm. Reuters

A representational image of a chicken farm. Reuters

In the 50s and 60s, animal scientists found that artificial hormones and hormone-like substitutes could alter growth and reproduction. These are now a staple in animal diet and medicine.

People talk of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides in our fruit and vegetables. For some reason, we readily accept that our fruit and vegetables are contaminated with chemicals and assorted carcinogens. But why are we so naive to think that milk, meat and eggs are “natural” without any chemical injection or manipulation?

Food produced from animals is more altered by chemistry and invasive manipulation than any food that comes from plants. In February 1989, the US Food and Drug Administration, (FDA) Director remarked: “The majority of pesticide-contaminated human food incidents of the last decade were the result of human exposure through consumption of contaminated animal products.” Use of potent drugs and pesticides in industrial animal production is not even thought of in horticulture. For instance:

1) Manipulation of chicken flavour through chemistry so that each “producer” has his own peculiar chicken taste. An article brought out in Broiler Industry in April 1975 said: “We’ve been accused of selling a chicken with less flavour than the ‘old-time’ chicken. Attempts are being made at overcoming the flavour problem by injection or marinating.” The yolk of the egg, for instance, is completely fake. Xanthophyll, zeaxanthin, marigold extract and caroteinic acid are some of the feed additives used to make egg yolks – which come out pale in all factory chickens, as natural sunlight and grass are needed for a yellow yolk.

2) Obviously, flies and other pests multiply in factory farms. They have to be eliminated. Some egg producers spray mists of insecticide through the cages and onto the birds. For cattle, organophosphate insecticides are applied as sprays, dust bags, back rubbers, pour-ons or feed additives. Some milk producers affix ear tags of pyrethroid insecticides to the animals. In factory dairies, the air is sprayed with a chemical that has the highly-toxic Dichlorvos, an organophosphate of the nerve gas family. Some farmers dip their animals in the hugely poisonous Lindane to get rid of lice and fleas. For fly control, a larvicide is added to the animal feed.

3) Antibiotics are an essential part of the factory farm diet. Almost half the antibiotics produced every year in the world are fed to food-producing animals. Penicillin and tetracycline are the most commonly used. According to the National Research Council, about 90 percent of antibiotics are given in the form of feed additives and saturate the milk, eggs and meat that we eat. No wonder the human body is becoming immune to antibiotic therapy.

4) In addition to antibiotics, following are some of the drugs used to control fowl cholera, mastitis, pneumonia, atrophic rhinitis, dysentery, enteritis, parasites and diseases caused by protozoa and bacteria: Sulphanamides (Sulfathiazole, Sulphamethazine, Sulfanitran, Sulfadimethoxine, Sulfaquinoxaline).

Sulphamethazine (SM2) is the most widely used, especially in dairy cattle. It is popular because it has unusually long “staying power”, which means that its medicinal effects last longer. Unfortunately, this drug stays as residue in both milk and meat and has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaemia. Extremely high levels of SM2 exist in milk – up to 80 milligrams per kilolitre have been found – an amount that should be spread over 60,000 kilolitres.

5) Probiotics are used to aid the development of bacteria in the animal’s stomach. This is to improve digestion in the tied down, crushed, immovable animal.

6) Hormones are used as growth promotants, usually implanted in the animal’s ear. Zeranol, Testosterone, Progesterone and Estradiol are some of the growth accelerators used. These chemicals change metabolism, stimulate muscle growth and increase litters and, in the case of dairy cows, bring out more milk.

7) The egg industry adds antioxidants to chicken feed to lengthen hens’ egg-laying cycles.

8) Poultry and pig producers use arsenical compounds to speed growth, feed efficiency and boost egg production.

9) Oxytetracycline Dexamethasone, Lincomycine, Spectinomycineamino acid solution, Phenylbutazone (for “stress”), Amoxicillin, Amprolium, Levamisole, potassium penicillin, Tylosin, Trimethoprim… these are some of the drugs given in tablet, liquid or injection form and several of them are known carcinogens and have “severely restricted use” labels on them. About 92 percent of the drugs for food animal are sold over the counter; which means that anyone can buy them without prescription or supervision. This also means that there is very little accountability in the meat, milk and egg business. And low accountability always leads to shortcuts and abuse.

The “modern” animal business, the factory farm, uses between twenty to thirty thousand drugs to control diseases and boost productivity.

The United States General Accounting Office made a review of the potentially harmful residues of animal drugs, pesticides and contaminants in meat and poultry. In a country like the US, which is protected by the strict laws of the Food and Drug Administration, they found 143 drugs and pesticide residues in meat and poultry (42 are known to cause or are suspected of causing cancer, 20 of causing birth defects; and six of causing mutations.)

India is using every single one of these drugs and quite a few more – as the standards are even laxer.

Most of the animal drugs on the market have not been properly tested and their long-term effects are unknown. Even chemicals that are known to be dangerous and are banned all over the world, like DDT or Phenol, continue to be used in Indian animal factories.

Factory farmers feeding drugs to animals are supposed to stop feeding them a specified number of days before killing them. The idea is that drugs should not be present in the animal’s flesh when it is killed. (This doesn’t apply to milk or eggs, as no withdrawal is possible from the daily drug feed). Most farmers don’t understand the withdrawal schedules, so the drug is given until the end. Even if they stop it, the drug, which is usually given in food bins, continues to contaminate feed mixers, bins and waterlines. Then, animals that are found to be sick or deteriorating are “culled” and sent to the market immediately, with drugs still coursing through their bodies.

Not scared enough? Let me add some more. A large number of animals, especially chickens, die of cancer. Millions of kilos of dead animal meat are cancer-ridden. What happens to these dead bodies? Are they thrown away? No, this cancerous meat is processed into chicken feed and re-fed to factory animals. The result is a recycling of potential cancer substances repeatedly through the animal and human chain.

Want to know more? For instance, animal bones, kidneys and livers often contain dangerous levels of heavy metals – cadmium, lead, arsenic – which build up in their bodies from the food they are fed. This issue has been repeatedly taken up by consumer bodies abroad. The answer from the animal industry is: “The toxic metals accumulate in the parts we don’t eat.” Nonsense. These parts of the animal body are again ground up and put back into animal feed – so the build-up of heavy metals is constant and on the increase.

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Graaff-Reinet: Exploring the Drostdy legacy – News24

Looking down on the horseshoe-shaped town of Graaff-Reinet from the vantage point of the Valley of Desolation surrounded by the arid starkness of the Karoo’s Camdeboo National Park, the outline of this age-old little town rises up to greet you.

With the Sneeuberg Mountains in the distance and set in the fold of the Sundays River, the griddle-pan streets stretch forth, culminating at key points such as the gothic-inspired Groote Kerk or the third oldest Drostdy in South Africa, now the Drostdy Hotel, clearly visible.

The seats of government and God directly opposite each other.

Graaff-Reinet is said to be the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa – after Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Swellendam. It’s quite a site – this oasis amidst the Valley of Desolation – the Eastern Cape’s oldest town that is home to some 200 national monuments. 

It’s a town in the middle of nowhere. A town built around the triumph and tragedy of war rooted on the pillars of law and religion. Sounds like most of the world’s issues today.

Yet here stands Graaff-Reinet, testament to its outpost status and a convergence of the old-fashioned with the modern. Peaceful, charming and not a hint of strife.

Walking its wide streets, wide enough so that ox-wagons could make full turns back in the day, it’s clear this isn’t your run of the mill sho’t left escape. Streets lined with stone-cobbled canals that ensured the town’s daily supply of water, a system still in effect in neighbouring Nieu-Bethesda as we would soon discover. In case you hadn’t noticed the Karoo is semi-desert, water is like gold under these conditions and through the likes of the Anglo-Boer War, the Great Trek and discovery of gold and diamonds further north, this little town continues to stand tall.

And a walking tour of the town is a must. It lets you absorb and ponder Graaff-Reinet’s role in South Africa’s history. See, an escape to this secret part of SA is rooted in the historical and natural heritage unique to the Karoo, not forgetting the delicious Karoo food delights. It’s mostly about a way of life you’ll not easily find replicated anywhere else in world. Yet it hearkens to such old-world charm you’ll be happy to immerse yourself for a good few days.

A few days spent tapping into the slower pace of life, to unwind and settle. There’s a kind of serene surety about it. Pretty much the same way the dusty, dry Karoo earth knows it will eventually find rest, despite being tossed and swayed by the warm winds of this valley.

Here are our suggestions of things to do and see:

1. Must stay at the luxury Drostdy Hotel

The third oldest Drostdy in South Africa and a national monument, this recently revamped 5-star hotel is a window into opulent Karoo living.

Since 1805, the Drostdy building has been a hub for the small town of Graaff-Reinet and continues to bring locals and visitors to its doorsteps. A team of renowned South African experts have exemplified the best of this historic destination through its luxurious and modern facilities, at surprisingly affordable rates of R1 590 for two people sharing a standard room – click here to check availability and rates.

It first opened its doors in 1977, having previously served first as a Magistrate’s Court and then as a private home – but it quickly established its reputation as one of the finest heritage hotels in the country.

DHK Architects, international interior designer Stephen Falcke and acclaimed landscape architect Jan Blok’s have ensured the Rupert’s Drostdy Hotel from its wide range of stays to its Kromm’s Inn building, the De Camdeboo Restaurant, extraordinary vinotech and wine-tasting shop as well as art gallery, have successfully incorporated the country style of the Karoo with a mix of Cape Dutch and Victorian-style heritage.

Upon arrival, this monument makes a remarkable statement. Once inside, seemingly complex touches applied to each themed communal space manage to skirt a potentially cluttered look to create a styled and inviting atmosphere in a rather extraordinary fashion.

Outside the surrounding gardens of natural plants, passage ways through to the cottages lined with lemon trees lead the way into the dining area, verdant vines crawl up freestanding structures along flourishing herb gardens.

Natural details incorporating elements of the Karoo such as antelope horns as ornate wall fixtures, cow-hide rugs on the floor add a rustic touch to each of the 48 rooms – all mingled with soft hues of sky blues and floral themed textiles and art depicting the succulents and foliage of the area.

The rooms are carefully constructed with antiques interspersed quite nonchalantly, for instance the workstation in my room was formerly a wash table with a circle cut out of the wooden top. I imagined the enamel or porcelain wash bowl that was cradled where my laptop now rested quite easily on the wooden lid. And yet all manner of plugs including double USB ports were conveniently located just above the desk as well as alongside each bedside table. Charming and convenient.

A stunning, checkered bathroom with a stand-alone tub, walk-in shower is the stuff forever-homes are made of with soft linens and a leisurely couch offering a decadently fresh and relaxing space to retire to each evening. 

From the hotel concierge who seems to be on call 24/7, even when the wi-fi goes awry in the middle of the night, to the inviting staff of the Camdeboo Restaurant, you could not ask for a lovelier spot to base yourself.

2. Must eat at De Camdeboo, with upcoming exclusive wine pairings 

This fine dining in-house restaurant of the Drostdy hotel, De Camdeboo Restaurant serves up local Karoo cuisine with authenticity and style. Real Platteland hospitality as they put it. Let’s face it, Karoo food and lamb in particular happens to be the stuff of legends and this restaurant does not leave you wanting. 

On the evening we were there, we enjoyed a wine tasting evening hosted by renowned Anthonij Rupert winemaker Dawie Botha. Paired with delectable dishes incorporating all cuts of meat as well as kudu, venison being another speciality, with creative seafood dishes included too, such as chili squid.  

SEE: Karoo food 101: Where to eat what and why

The hotel has an impressive collection of wines, including its vinotech which hosts some of the most expensive wines available in the country – such as a 1998 Chateau Margaux for R18 000 a bottle. But the wines sold at the estate are not meant to price you out of the experience with the Protea range of Shiraz or Pinot Grigio priced at around R 50 to R60 a bottle – which is styled with a beautiful print on it to encourage recycling. 

3. A taste of the Karoo Withond at Reinet House

Named after Dutch Governor Cornelis Jacob van de Graaf and his wife Cornelia Reynet, the town acted a stopover for weary travellers and during the late eighteenth century it was a bustling trading centre hub.

Filled with many historical homes, of particular interest is Reinet House – Home to the Duminy of the town. This is just a short 4-minute walk from the Drostdy Hotel, as part of the wider Graaff-Reinet walking tour I mentioned. As we walked the streets our guide David McNaughton shares with us how the two most important homes of the town, that of the minister and that of the governor faced each other on the main street – enforcing the purpose of the settlement meant to bring law and order to the country. 

David began guiding with his father some 20 years ago, so he really has some interesting anecdotes and a well-preserved understanding of the history of this town to share. 

Reinet House, as the Old Dutch Reformed Church parsonage is where Andrew Murray from Aberdeenshire, Scotland once lived. Built in 1811 under the guidance of Cape architect Louis Thibault, this impressive H-shaped six gabled Cape Dutch Homestead was one of the first restoration projects in Graaff-Reinet. After Murray’s death in 1866 the parsonage was occupied by his son Charles until his death in 1904. By 1906 the building was being used as a boarding establishment for girls wishing to train as teachers, and it was then that the late Miss Helen Murray, a sister of Rev Charles Murray, and for many years principal of the Midland Seminary, named the house ‘Reinet House’.

Reinet House is also famous for its water wheel and ancient fruit bearing vine, as well as the display of Laubser dolls manufactured during the World War. The locally distilled Withond Witblitz produced out back is also a draw-card. Here David treats his tour group to a first-hand introduction to the Withond. Be warned, it’s potent and you get to leave with a little souvenir to remind you of the blazing Graaff-Reinet moment.

4. Urban legend of the Dutch Reform Groot Kerk at night

Fashioned to be a replica of the Salisbury Cathedral, it was completed in 1886. The impressive stone church, designed by architect J Bisset, is said to be one of the best examples of early Gothic style architecture in South Africa. Its 150ft or 45m tall steeple is central to a Graaff-Reinet urban legend.  Locals say that because the fundamentals of God and church were always strongly enforced in the town, others tried to imply satanism was also at work in the building of the church, eluding that the devil is in the details, supposedly scaring the townsfolk into being good and faithful servants.

The legend goes that at night when the light hits the steeple in just the right way, the shape of Lucifer is supposed to be seen in the shadows cast by the turrets on either side. This pic is an attempt to capture the legend. It’s all in the details of an active imagination it seems.   

5. Take a prickly walk through Obesa Nursery 

Strange but true – this little Eastern Cape town is home to the largest privately-collection of cacti, succulents and aloe in South Africa. Obesa nursery, owned by a rather eccentric Johan Bower is a prickly affair to navigate but a delight to photograph. If you happen to catch Johan on a good day he’ll give you a bit of history to his unique collection – but much like his nursery he is a prickly character, whose optimism for a racist-free SA gets a bit lost in translation and is heavily peppered with profanity. I can highly recommend popping in to take a peak though.

6. Spa treatment at the onsite Africology Spa 

As lovely as the hotel itself, retreating to the onsite spa is good therapy.  While it is often difficult for one spa to differentiate itself from another – this task rests largely on the shoulders of the therapist who adds the defining touch. And this was definitely the case. Having 30-minutes of back, neck and shoulder therapy was just perfect as I lost sense of time and woke up utterly relaxed and wishing it was more like an hour. The spa has three treatment rooms, including one couples room – so booking is essential. 

The Drostdy is also aspiring to the trend of from farm, or garden to spa treatment.

Guests can choose the ingredients to be used in the treatments they receive, from the Drostdy Hotel garden or to witness the raw plant materials used in their treatment. Things like fresh Aloe Ferox leaves blended by your therapist with organic honey produced in the area as a herbal wrap. Or a facial massage with a combination of honey and beeswax, enhanced with Shea-Butter and hydrating hyaluronic acid  – all used to create a sense of pure, organic healing.

7. Sundowners in the Valley of Desolation  

Just 14km from the hotel you’ll find yourself in the desolate area of the Camdeboo National Park – home to the Natural National Monument The Valley of Desolation.

As I stood overlooking Graaff-Reneit, feeling the winds cool my cheeks, flushed from the short walk to get to the top view point, David shared that between 1790 and 1800 the Bushmen prevented Dutch entry into the Sneeuberg north of Graaff-Reinet. Tthe decade of their last stronghold in the area, he says.

The thing about being a nomadic people and being most brazenly wiped-out of the lands you call home, means there is often is very little trace of your existence. However, The Khoisan and Bushmen tribes of South Africa have left an indelible impression with their exceptional rock art scattered across the country including in Camdeboo – these form part of David’s Bushman Rock Art Tour, which we unfortunately did not have time for. 

Listening to David talk about the area, the Karoo’s cradling of special sediment factors that speak of the super-continent Pangaea and of course interesting Khoisan stories of how they tormented the Dutch farmers with “a taste of their own mutton”,  it’s hard not to let the natural beauty wash over you, reinforcing the notion that in a country as diverse as South Africa our heritage runs far deeper than mere Drostdy’s and man-made steeples. 

I felt the strong pull of Nature in all its glory around me. Symbolically inhaling and exhaling deeply, it felt like the perfect place to leave all that is unwanted. All that is destructive. All that needs to be left behind in the Valley of Desolation. 

Take David’s most memorable moment as a guide… similar in nature

“My favourite memory is without a doubt experiencing the arrival of a spectacular thunderstorm one summer afternoon after intense heat, dust and drought.

‘We clambered into the car and drove a few kilometres out of town to meet the ominous clouds gathered for battle out west above the parched plains.

‘”At first one could only hear the distant rumbles of thunder and the occasional crack of lightning. Soon however we could feel a light breeze which was filled with the fragrance of a relieving curtain of rain which was falling on a backdrop of blue ridges on the distant horizon. This was accompanied by more intense rumbles of thunder and flickers and flashes of light…

“The gusts of wind then became more urgent and pressing and gathered dust before it, and we were soon enveloped by the rapidly advancing phalanx of rain and the drumming of raindrops on the car roof…    

Since we cannot stop the storms from coming, the surety is in knowing it too will pass…essential pillars to building our SA heritage.

Getting there:

The road to Graaff-Reinet from Port Elizabeth Airport is a dusty, three-hour drive – and might be a good road trip cheat if you’re wanting to explore the Friendly City and surrounding Nelson Mandela Bay as part of your itinerary.

But for locals taking a shot left road trip from either Cape Town or Johannesburg – which ultimately equates to your time spent in air and the time it takes to drive there – this, is a Karoo meander worth having.

Tours and Transfers:

For a walking tour of note or tailored transfers to the neighbouring towns or reserves contact David McNaughton of Karoo Connections on 082 339 8646

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    Mohammad Ayyub Mev was admitted to V S Hospital after he was thrashed by unidentified persons on S G Highway on the night of September 13 after his car met with an accident. Reuters file photo. For representation purpose

    A 25-year-old man, who was allegedly thrashed by cow vigilantes on September 13, died at a hospital here today, police said.

    Mohammad Ayyub Mev was admitted to V S Hospital after he was thrashed by unidentified persons on S G Highway on the night of September 13 after his car met with an accident.

    A calf which he was allegedly carrying in the car died in the mishap. Ayyub’s brother Imran alleged that he was beaten up on the suspicion that he was transporting cows for slaughter.

    “Ayyub’s car met with an accident on SG Highway on the night of September 13. When some bystanders checked the car, they found a calf and a bullock. Due to the impact, the calf died while the bullock was rescued. To save himself from people’s wrath, Ayyub started running,” said inspector P B Rana of Anandnagar police station here.

    “Since he tried to run away, some persons caught him and thrashed him. We had lodged a case of attempt to murder against the mob. Now as he has died of injuries we will file FIR for murder. No one is arrested yet,” said Rana, adding the previous FIR did not name any specific person associated with cow protection groups.

    However, Ayyub’s brother Imran alleged that assailants were cow vigilantes.”Those who killed my brother were indeed gau rakshaks. My brother was not carrying any cow. Out of some grudge, these gau rakshaks mercilessly thrashed him. We want the police to nab the real culprits,” said Imran.

    The BJP-ruled state was rocked by a huge controversy in July when some Dalit youths were flogged in public by cow vigilantes at Una.

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Stolen giant inflatable cow from Arizona Chick-fil-A found in backyard – Fox News

One lucky tipster is receiving a year’s supply of free Chick-fil-A after spotting a giant inflatable cow in a local backyard that had been stolen from a Tempe, Ariz. franchise owner.

On Saturday, a 350-pound inflatable cow—that stands 24-feet-tall when fully inflated– was stolen after making an appearance at an Arizona State University football game.

To facilitate the cow’s swift return, Phil Thomas, who owns the Camelback Road location, offered up one year of free chicken sandwiches to anyone who could bring the giant cow back to its rightful location.

On Monday, a tipster spotted the cow in a nearby backyard and alerted authorities.

FOX 10 says that police arrived at the home and questioned the person living at the residence who claimed he bought the large inflatable item at a garage sale.

The cow has since been returned to the Chick-fil-A, and is reportedly in good condition. 

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Thomas says he will follow through on his promise and plans to give the person who tipped off authorities a year’s worth of chicken meals. The lucky do-gooder has not been named but has reached out to Chick-fil-A.

The cow mascot, which is the only one of its kind in Arizona, makes frequent appearances throughout the Tempe area.

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AAP protest backfires as Haryana minister keeps cow used for demonstration – Hindustan Times

An innovative “anti-communal” protest by the Aam Aadmi Party involving a Rs 25,000 cow spectacularly backfired in Gurgaon.

The AAP had planned to tether the cow outside the house of Haryana minister Rao Narbir Singh on Sunday to highlight the BJP’s alleged divisive politics on cow protection across the nation.

But minutes after the cow was tied outside Singh’s house, his staff came and took the cow inside and later transferred it to the minister’s farmhouse.

The cow has been shifted to the minister’s farmhouse at Narsinghpur. Minister’s staff refused to return the cow to the AAP member and said they will take care of the cow now. (HT Photo)

The AAP protest was part of a broader plan to tether cows outside the residences of all Haryana ministers and make them take care of the cattle. But the future of the drive is doubtful now.

A bigger embarrassment for the AAP was that the milch cow belonged to a party worker.

“We milked the cow on Sunday evening and shifted it to the farmhouse. We are taking good care of the cow. Some person approached us twice on Sunday evening to return the cow but we refused since it was left at the doorsteps of the minister,” said Laxmi Narayan Yadav, personal assistant to the minister.

The AAP had initially planned to use a stray cow for the protest but didn’t, suspecting that they could be implicated in a police case by BJP members if someone posed as the owner of the cattle.

AAP member Rajpal Bhadana, who owned the cow, said he initially asked the minister’s staff to return the cow but has now dropped the idea. “The cow belongs to the party and I will not demand it back again,” said Bhadana, who is now left only with one cow.

AAP spokesperson RS Rathee said party volunteers would track how the cow is served and kept.

Read more: Cop on the cattle beat: IPS officer Bharti Arora protects Haryana cows

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