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.

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Harry Keutzer

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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 hivemodern.com.

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

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 normann-copenhagen.com

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

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 maharam.com.

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Moo done it? Udderly disgusting vandalism found on 'world's largest' ND cow sculpture – INFORUM

NEW SALEM, N.D.—Salem Sue — one of “world’s largest” animal sculptures that mark many towns in North Dakota — has been graffitied this summer.

People have written in bold markers on the New Salem landmark’s udders and hind legs, declaring that “they were there.”

The cow is a landmark and tourist attraction along Interstate 94.

It’s not the first time the cow has been vandalized, according to Kirk Toepke, president of the New Salem Lion’s Club, which cares for the cow. It happens off and on. In the past, members have found bullet holes, too.

Toepke said he doesn’t know who is doing the graffiti, and the club doesn’t report it to the Morton County Sheriff.

“Just kids,” he said. “Hopefully, it’s not adults!”

Members take turns maintaining the area and sculpture, which can involve scrubbing off the words.

Donations cover most of the upkeep, Toepke said, which includes electricity for the lights and repainting every several years.

The world’s largest Holstein cow, which has stood above the town since 1974, when New Salem was a big dairy community, draws about 3,000 people a month, Toepke said.

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Indore administration's idea to curb accidents: Stick radium strips on cow horns – Financial Express

cows radium strips, radium strips cows, radium strips and cow belts The Indore Municipal Corporation with the help of some groups, has started sticking radium strips on cows’ horns and neck belts. (Reuters)

In a bid to curb accidents due to vehicles’ collision with stray cows wandering on the streets and roads, Indore administration has come up with an unique idea. The Indore Municipal Corporation with the help of some groups, has started sticking radium strips on cows’ horns and neck belts. These strips glow in the dark and help alert the riders and drivers about the presence of cows on the roads. The riders, after recognising the cow’s presence, may break or turn in time to avoid collision.

“Usually, we receive eight to 10 cases of road mishaps due to stray cattle in a month. But the figure shoots up during rainy season. In last one month, we received over 15 cases,” Dr Sumit Shukla of MY Hospital was quoted as saying by the Free Press Journal. As per reports, number of stray cows have seen a drastic increase in the city. A report said that Indore Municipal Corporation receives an average five complaints every day of stray cows.

Every year, cases of road accidents due to stray cattle register an upward swing during monsoons season. Though cattle-vehicle collisions occur on all major roads of the city, most of the cases are witnessed on highways, where vehicles run at faster speed and it becomes for drivers/riders to avoid the accidents. As per reports, the cows that are spotted on the streets do not belong to any major cattle cows’ shelter but to individual households who milk them in the morning and then leave them to roam on streets during the day.

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Holy cow! Dynamo Dresden fans see red as they throw severed bull's head during RB Leipzig clash – Daily Mail

  • Dynamo Dresden faced Red Bull-owned RB Leipzig in German Cup
  • Dresden fans protested at opposition by throwing severed bull’s head
  • Leipzig have just been promoted to Bundesliga using Red Bull funding  
  • Dresden won the game on penalties and fans surely milked the victory 
  • WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW 

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Things can often get heated between rival supporters, but Dynamo Dresden went to extraordinary lengths this weekend when they threw a severed bull’s head at German rivals RB Leipzig. 

The unsavoury scenes occurred at Dresden’s own stadium when they faced the Red Bull-owned Leipzig in the first round of the German Cup.

The creation of Leipzig by the energy drink company, followed by their meteoric rise through the leagues, has left opposition fans with a deep dislike for the club.

The match between RB Leipzig and Dynamo Dresden was marred by a severed bull's head

The match between RB Leipzig and Dynamo Dresden was marred by a severed bull’s head

Dresden fans threw the animal in protest at Red Bull Leipzig's rise up through the leagues

The cup match was a fesity one in Dresden

Dresden fans threw the animal in protest at Red Bull Leipzig’s rise up through the leagues

WHY ARE LEIPZIG HATED?

For the first time since 2009, East Germany has a club in the Bundesliga. It should be cause for celebration. A sign that, after two decades of awful management, East German football is on the up.

Very few people are celebrating. Why? The answer is simple: RB Leipzig, who earned promotion to the top flight just under two weeks ago, are the most hated club in Germany.

Click HERE to read Kit Holden’s MailOnline feature.

Dresden fans certainly showed that they have beef with their rivals when they went head-to-head at the weekend.

There was lots at steak in the match, as the two sides aimed to book their place in the second round of the DFB-Pokal Cup, but the meat-ing was marred by the off-field incident.

By quite literally throwing a red bull at the pitch, Dresden fans protested at the very existence of the club created just seven years ago in 2009.

Last season, Leipzig were promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time and are in prime form, having catapulted up the leagues.

Dresden's fans brought flags and banners to the match to spur their side to eventual victory

Dresden’s fans brought flags and banners to the match to spur their side to eventual victory

Dresden's Stefan Kuschke celebrates after scoring against Leipzig in the German Cup tie

Dresden’s Stefan Kuschke celebrates after scoring against Leipzig in the German Cup tie

The game eventually went to penalties, with Dresden winning 5-4 to advance

The game eventually went to penalties, with Dresden winning 5-4 to advance

In fact, they went 2-0 up away at Dresden and looked to be rumping to victory, but eventually squandered their lead as the tie went to penalties.  

As if the bull’s head didn’t already leave a bitter taste in the team’s mouth, they went on to lose 5-4 in the shootout to crash out of the cup and will undoubtedly receive a grilling from their manager. 

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Those who consider India their country should treat cow as mother: Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das – The Indian Express

By: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: August 20, 2016 12:17 pm

Raghubar Das, Dsa, Jharkhand Chief Minister, Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das, cow, cow vigilantism, Cattle smuggling, Sangh Parivar, BJP, BJP government, Beef, Beef row, India, Cow killing, Cow killing in India, Cow smuggling in India, Pravin Togadia, VHP, VHP's Pravin Togadia, Narendra Modi, Modi, PM Modi, Dalits, Dalits strocities, Cow, Beef, india news, latest news Raghubar Das’ comments come in the backdrop of a controversy over cow vigilantism and attacks on Dalits over the issue. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

Amid the raging controversy over cow vigilantism, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Saturday said those who consider India as their country should treat cow as their mother.

Das, however, stressed that there should be no violence in the garb of cow vigilantism and said cattle smugglers may be involved in the recent events of violence over cow protection.

“The entire Sangh Parivar is on the same page on the issue of cow protection. Those who consider India as their country will treat cow as their mother,” Das told PTI during an interview.

On whether there were differences in the Sangh Parivar over the issue of cow slaughter and cow census, Das said, “The Sangh Parivar is united on this matter. Cow is our mother. Those who are living in India and are Indians, those who consider India as their country, for them cow is their mother.”

Das’ comments come in the backdrop of a controversy over cow vigilantism and attacks on Dalits over the issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 6 had hit out at cow vigilantes, saying he felt enraged at such “anti-social elements” who indulged in crimes by the night and masqueraded as cow protectors by day.

Modi’s comment had drawn sharp reactions from VHP international working president Pravin Togadia, who said by dubbing them as “anti-socials” the PM had insulted them.

“What our Prime Minister has said on this issue is right. You may believe in any religion, any caste, but cow is our mother and we should protect cows. But, in the name of cow vigilance if someone is using violence, then that will not be tolerated.

“I personally feel those who are involved in cattle smuggling and export are involved in these crimes. This angle should be probed,” Das said.

Das said it was due to the vote bank and appeasement politics of a certain community by some sections of political parties that this awareness programme about cow and its benefits have taken a hit.

“Political parties should not see everything under the lens of vote bank politics. The milk that we get from cow is beneficial for people from all communities be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians. A politician who is saying this is also having the milk of the cow,” Das said.

The Chief Minister said he had already asked the police administration in his state to stop any instance of cow smuggling.

“I have given clear instructions to the police that there will be no instance of cow smuggling from the state. Recently we seized few trucks carrying cows for smuggling through Bengal. In Jharkhand there should be awareness about cow smuggling, there should be awareness in West Bengal too,” Das said.

He said it was due to the degradation of moral values that social evils such as rapes, cow slaughter and other evils are happening in the society.

“Be it rapes, illegal cow slaughter or other social evils, they are result of degradation of moral values of the society. We need to raise awareness about it. These things are a conspiracy to stop the development process started by our Prime Minister,” Das said.

On the opinion of some people who are on a different page on the issue of cow slaughter, Das said, “By doing this a section is only pursuing vote bank politics and there should be awareness against this.”

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Cornell students win new dairy product competition – Capital Press

The student team from Cornell University took top honors at the new dairy product contest sponsored by the Idaho Milk Processors Association, winning $10,000. From left are: Jiyu Zhu, first year master’s student from China; Linran Wang, senior undergraduate from China; Belen Vila ,first year master’s student from Argentina; and Michelle Duong, first year doctoral student from Viet Nam.

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The student team from Cornell University took top honors at the new dairy product contest sponsored by the Idaho Milk Processors Association, winning $10,000. From left are: Jiyu Zhu, first year master’s student from China; Linran Wang, senior undergraduate from China; Belen Vila ,first year master’s student from Argentina; and Michelle Duong, first year doctoral student from Viet Nam.

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SUN VALLEY, Idaho — A team of food science students came 2,300 miles to beat out more regional competition and claim the grand price in the 2016 Idaho Milk Processors Association new product development competition.

The Cornell University team captured the $10,000 grand prize with the students’ innovative Yojito drinkable yogurt they’ve named Yo-Pop.

A spin on a typical drinkable yogurt, Yo-Pop is not only a nutritious and convenient snack high in protein and probiotics, it also comes with a fun factor — delicious popping boba.

Popping boba are small, edible spheres made from fruit-juice concentrates or flavor extracts. The boba remain sturdy until popped in the mouth, releasing a burst of flavor.

“Yo-Pop combines these surprising treats of popping boba into a creamy yogurt beverage for a fun and multisensory experience. The popping boba add textural contrast and an unexpected flavor element to consumers’ experience,” the team stated in its product report.

The popping boba are formed via a molecular gastronomy technique called spherification that’s more common to upscale restaurants than grocery aisles and transforms fruit-juice concentrate or flavor extracts into caviar-like pearls.

The Cornell team used mint popping boba in lime-flavored yogurt in competition, fashioned after the popular mojito flavors, but said combining boba flavors and yogurt flavors presents endless possibilities of flavor profiles.

Containing 72 percent protein, one 8-ounce serving of Yo-Pop provides 22 percent of recommended daily protein and 35 percent of recommended daily calcium. It has 170 calories, 11 grams of protein 2 grams of fat and 29 grams of carbohydrates.

The drinkable yogurt is made with acid whey — a byproduct of Greek yogurt production, which usually goes to waste and poses an environmental risk — and whey protein, a sub-product of cheese production, the students reported.

“The growing innovation these students bring to bear each year is incredible, and it’s very exciting for our industry,” said Alan Reed, new product competition chairman.

“When we launched the competition nine years ago, the teams were just suggesting basic, traditional dairy products and a few new flavors. Now we’re seeing true innovation where the students are developing revolutionary new food product concepts that contain at least 51 percent dairy ingredients,” he said.

Utah State University’s team earned first prize and $5,000with its PRO2GO high-protein frozen dessert, formulated with 63 percent dairy ingredients.

A collaborative effort by the University of Idaho and Washington State University took second prize and $3,000 with Custard Delights, a quick refrigerated crème brûlée custard comprised of 75 percent dairy ingredients, a third of which is mascarpone — a mild cream cheese.

Garnering third prize and $2,000, Brigham Young University’s team developed a new style of gnocchi, Gnocchi di Latte, which incorporates skim milk and milk protein isolate. The dairy-based gnocchi contains 52 percent dairy ingredients.

The awards are supported by United Dairymen of Idaho. Half of the prize money goes to the teams’ student members and the other half goes to their universities to fund dairy research.

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The cattle queen – IllinoisHomePage.net

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By Emilee Fannon | efannon@wcia.com

Published 08/18 2016 03:14PM

Updated 08/18 2016 03:59PM

SPRINGFIELD — Thousands of people come to the State Fair each year but how many of you can say you’ve been coming for over 75 years? One woman can, and she still is competing her cattle.

“Every day of my life, I go out to the farm, rain or shine, no sleep, every day I go out to check the cattle and everything,” said Shirley Harris.

Most people at the State Fair know who Shirley Harris is. Why? Well, she has not missed a state fair since her first cattle showing at the age of 5. Harris has been taking care of her cattle on the fairgrounds since 1933.

“I’ve always been very proud of that, you know, because a lot of people have started way back but they’ve quit or laid out. They weren’t consecutive.”

Harris is no quitter and is not your average 81-year old. She still shows her animals and takes care of them with help from her son.

“I think the background of hard work is always a big part of it anytime a child is raised, but I have chores to do, they have animals take care of,” said Bill Vieseler.

Over the years, Harris has won awards from across the nation, even in Canada. If you ask how many…

“I can’t even guess. No, it would be thousands.”

Harris can’t remember the last time she took a day off. Something she’s instilled in her family.

“Even on Sunday, you know. I said to dad one time, ‘I thought we weren’t supposed to work on Sundays,’ and Dad said, ‘Well, remember those cattle are hungry just like you are so you have to learn to work day in and day out.'”

Each year is always different. Harris says there’s been tough competition over the years, but she never once lost sight of what’s important to her.

“I like to win. I mean, that’s were here for that’s what everyone’s here for, to win.”

Even through the losses, she says it’s been a fun journey she’ll never forget.

“I’ve loved my life on the farm and with the cattle. I couldn’t have had it any better.”

Since 1929, Shirley’s family has won 36 national grand championships.

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Irish motorcyclist killed after smashing into a cow which had wandered onto road in the dark – The Sun

Police are investigating why the farm animal was in the road following the tragic accident

POLICE investigating the horror death of a young motorcyclist are trying to establish how the cow he slammed into got on to a country road in Ireland.

Mark Conneely was heading home when he collided head-on with the beast on the N51 at around 10.15pm on Monday.

A man has died after his motorbike collided with a cow

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A 28-year-old man has died after colliding with a cow as he rode his motorcycle on a country road in Ireland

Paramedics and firefighters who rushed to the scene just outside the town of Navan in County Meath, tried to resuscitate the 28-year-old but it is believed that he had died instantly in the smash.

His body was taken to Our Lady’s Hospital, where a post mortem was due to be conducted.

A source told the Irish Sun: “Mark would not have suffered — it was a high-speed impact.

“Where it happened, it is a dark rural road with no lighting, he could not have seen the cow.

“It is horrible for his family — it is understood he was organising his wedding.”

A man has died after his motorbike collided with a cow

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Police are now investigating to find out how the cow, which also died, came to be on the road in County Meath

The stretch of road remained sealed off for much of yesterday morning as forensic collision investigators carried out an examination.

A red fire brigade tarpaulin covered the lifeless carcass of the Friesian cow before it was winched onto the back of a truck and removed from the scene.

Fire crews were left to clear the road of debris from the high-powered red motorbike.

Locals in the tiny community of Rathcairn, some 30km from Navan, were last night coming to terms with Mark’s death.

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Mark Conneely was travelling home in the dark, and it is thought that he would not have been able to see the cow on the unlit road

His fiancee was being comforted at their home in the village as funeral arrangements were being made.

One local woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “Mark was a lovely young man — I met him recently at an event in the village.

“He was from the neighbouring parish of Dunderry as far as I know.

“He is from a well-known local family.

“He worked as a mechanic and he would have a lot of family working in the Tara mines.

“It is just shocking and devastating.”

A man has died after his motorbike collided with a cow

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Mr Conneely, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was taken to a nearby hospital, where a post-mortem was due to be conducted

Local councillor Wayne Forde also extended his sympathies to Conneely’s loved ones.

He said: “My deepest condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the young man who tragically died on the Navan to Athboy road, our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time.”

It is understood that the police crash probe will focus, in particular, on how the farm animal got on to the road.

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Caught on Camera: Man attacked by cow during Spartan race on Kualoa Ranch – Hawaii News Now

(Image: Matthew Kievlan)(Image: Matthew Kievlan)
(Image: Matthew Kievlan)(Image: Matthew Kievlan)
KUALOA RANCH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

An Oahu man is suddenly attacked by a cow during an intense obstacle course race in Kaneohe, and it’s caught all on camera.

“There was a bunch of cows off to the left and I was going to run by them,” said Matthew Kievlan. “One of the largest ones broke free and charged me.”

Kievlan said he had just passed the second obstacle course in the Spartan race at Kualoa Ranch. He was almost to the finish line when the attack happened.

“I remember the thought going through my head, question mark, is this it?” he said. 

Shortly after the attack, Kievlan says he blacked out and later found himself waking up in a hospital bed. “I didn’t know who I was, I didn’t know what year it was, I was completely gone.”

A Spartan race is a series of obstacle courses including wall climbing, mud crawling, sprinting and fire jumping.

This was Keivlan’s fourth spartan competition but the first time running into this dilemma.

“I would never have gone back there if I had known I could potentially face this kind of thing,” he said. “That definitely was a deadly situation.”

Kievlan is doing okay and in good spirits, but says he is disappointed he didn’t finish the race.

He suggests race officials consider changing the course route in the future.

“It may be a lesson for us all to be aware of what can actually happen,” Kievlan said. “I’m kind of at a loss for words of what happened. I don’t really know what to think about it, but I’m really glad I survived.”

Hawaii News Now reached out to Spartan Race officials for comment, but did not receive an immediate reply.

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Need of the hour: resolve stand on cow – Calcutta Telegraph

New Delhi, Aug. 14: Pravin Togadia’s media conference on Saturday was not headlined on TV channels. But videos of his diatribe against Narendra Modi, circulating among Sangh and BJP members, have led to “active thinking” on the Prime Minister’s and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader’s interpretations of bovine vigilantism.

“Our problem is how to reconcile the positions of the two leaders,” a BJP official said, adding, “there’s no way we can discard what Pravinbhai said.”

At a town hall-style meeting in Delhi on August 6, Modi had told the audience he was “very angry” with criminals masquerading as cow protectors (” gau rakshaks“) and directed state governments to draw up dossiers on them because “70 to 80 per cent of them” were “anti-social elements”.

Yesterday, contesting Modi’s statistics, Togadia had accused him of “racially profiling” Hindus, demanded the Prime Minister back his allegations with proof, claimed his “anti- gau rakshak” assertions would give a licence to slaughter cows and alleged that by linking cow protection with Dalits’ security, he was “dividing” Hindus.

“I agree with most of what Pravinbhai said. Where was the need for the PM to project cow protection as anti-Dalit? In my village (in the Avadh region), the job of skinning and disposing of bovine carcasses is now taken care of by contractors who engage people from every caste to do the job,” a BJP source from Uttar Pradesh said.

“Poverty and unemployment have forced even some of the backward castes to do something that was traditionally done only by the Jatavs (a Dalit sub-caste engaged in the leather trade). The PM only had the Una (Gujarat) incident at the back of his mind when he spoke against the ‘ gau rakshaks‘ but he should have the entire country’s picture before him.”

On July 11, four Dalit youths were thrashed in Una for allegedly skinning a dead cow. The assault provoked a backlash among Dalits in Gujarat and outside and was believed to be the final trigger behind the ouster of former chief minister Anandiben Patel, a close political associate of the Prime Minister.

The BJP’s immediate concern is how Modi’s narrative and Togadia’s counter-narrative would pan out in the “cow belt” states, especially poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

A Sangh activist, closely involved in overseeing cow shelters ( gau shalas), said that since Modi’s directive to the state governments, followed up by a home ministry order to crack down on such so-called vigilantes, he has been calling every gau shala “24×7” in north India to seek out reports of “harassment”.

“So far, there has been none. But there is anger among our workers and those of the BJP as to how the PM could have said something like that. My fear is they will not cooperate during the elections,” the activist said.

Like Togadia, BJP sources wondered why the Prime Minister had to slot gau rakshaks, “gau pujaks” (worshippers) and ” gau sevaks” (cow servers) into separate categories.

In his speech, Modi did not make the classification. However, his separation of “genuine” from “fraud” cow protectors was construed by some in the ” parivar” as a way of “driving a wedge” into the “very large” community of cow votaries.

Yesterday, Togadia too had contested the “distinction” and said he was a protector, worshipper and server rolled into one.

The Sangh activist looking after gau shalas said some of these shelters were set up just to give a home to cows abandoned by smugglers and slaughterers. “These homes also perform pujas for the animals on occasions. Does it mean the vigilantes are bad and the others are good?”

The BJP’s “hotheads”, such as Gorakhpur MP Mahant Adityanath, have not yet held forth on Modi’s statements. But the party fears that “emboldened” by Togadia, Adityanath might speak out. “Before that happens, we have to change the flow of the discourse,” a source said.

Asked if Togadia would be rapped by the RSS bosses for attacking Modi after the Sangh had sealed its approval for the August 6 speech, a senior ” pracharak” (whole-timer) said: “Both are senior Sangh members commanding authority and respect and holding responsibilities. There was a context when both of them spoke. Let the matter rest there.”

Could Modi’s speech lead to the first breach in his equation with the RSS?

“No,” said the pracharak. “The Sangh has invested its everything in him, he is the country’s leader and we will not do anything to compromise his integrity and authority.”

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Joe Budden Walks Out Of Ebro Interview After Talking Drake Beef – HipHopDX

As if Ebro hasn’t caused enough clamor these past few weeks, his show is the site of yet another news story. This time, Joe Budden walked out on the Hot 97 radio host after sitting through 40 minutes of heated back-and-forth that included talk about his beef with Drake.

Ebro and Peter Rosenberg also have Marisa Mendez on the show. Mendez was fired from Budden’s podcast and the hosts question the Slaughterhouse rapper on his treatment of those who he’s connected with in the industry, a conversation he is not having.

“I don’t think that you guys are able to have an objective conversation number one,” Budden says amidst the banter. “Number two, this podcast conversation is not a conversation I care to have, especially not early in the morning. Number three, if Peter and/or Marisa feel a way, then there are other mediums for that to be discussed if it’s going to be discussed at all. Number four, I certainly didn’t get out of my bed, away from a beautiful, soft woman to come up here.”

Ebro tries to joke about Budden’s new album, Rage And The Machine and asks the rapper if he got approval from legendary rock band Rage Against the Machine for the title. That seemed to be the last straw.

“Next time I come here for an interview, send my manager the talk points. … ” Budden says. “I didn’t know that this would be an utter complete waste of time.”

Once he makes his rounds telling each person in the studio goodbye, Budden leaves and Rosenberg sits back in disbelief at the scene.

“I’ve never seen him in that space where he was utterly dodging, had no ground to stand on on anything,” he says, “acted as if you were just gonna come up here in spite of everything that happened and we were just gonna be like, ‘Oh, I’m excited to promo your album.’”

Budden’s feud with Drake has been one of the most talked about stories in the news cycle for the past month or so. Ebro just gave Drake “Congratulations, you played yourself” nod after Drizzy blasted the New York radio station during his concert series at Madison Square Garden. This came after the host proposed that Eminem was preparing a diss track against Drake, which he insisted was a joke after the Internet exploded with reactions.

In April, rival radio station Power 105.1 was the victim of a failed conversation when Birdman walked out of an interview with The Breakfast Club after demanding the hosts “put some respek” on his name. The Cash Money Records mogul didn’t even last until the show went on air. So gotta give Joe credit where credit is due.

Watch Joe Budden’s interview with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg below.

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