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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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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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.

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Cows are happier setting their own schedules, too – Quartz

Cows don’t normally get a say in how they spend their days. The first milking often comes at dawn, where they form a cow conga line to their milking stations. Then comes feeding, then resting, then more milking (and perhaps a wander in the pasture, if they’re allowed to graze in open fields at all). Commercial farming operations repeat this cycle two to three times a day, with each cow having to abide by the farmers’ schedules, not their own.

But what happens when you leave it up to the cow to decide how often she wants to be milked, and whether she feels like eating, drinking, or simply relaxing?

Aðalsteinn Hallgrímsson and his brother Gardar own a dairy farm in northern Iceland, just outside the city of Akureyri. They know the answers to those questions—and others you’d never to think to ask—thanks to the robots they’ve installed in their barn.

In 2007, the Hallgrímssons rebuilt their barn from the ground up, spending kr160 million ($1.46 million) on technologies such as milking robots, an automatic feeding system, and cleaning robots. The investment quickly paid off, says Aðalsteinn’s son, Einar örn Aðalsteinnson. Within a year, their 80 cows were producing 30% more milk and the rate of infections had plummeted, cutting the farm’s veterinarian bills from kr2 million a year to under kr0.5 million.

Their success was because of one simple factor: The cows are much happier now.

When one of their cows wants to be milked, she walks to the center of the barn to one of the three self-milking Lely machines. She enters the machine—a gated, cow-size booth—and first has her teats inspected and cleaned. Next, the robot attaches its equipment to extract her milk while the cow chows down on some cow candy: tasty corn pellets supplemented with various vitamins and minerals. The whole process takes 10 minutes or less.

The door to the barn is left open unless the weather is bad, leaving the cows free to wander outside to graze in the pasture. If they’d rather, they can relax on their 2-inch-thick foam mattresses, which are lined up in a tidy row along one side of the barn. There’s a massage machine when they want to scratch that itch on their back, and fresh grass or hay is always available, delivered via an automatic feeding system. Robots scurry around cleaning the barn, with cow poop dispatched through slats in the floor to be automatically gathered as manure for the farm. An AC system, controlled by a weather station on the roof, automatically opens and closes the windows, ensuring fresh air (which is very important to the operation, says Einar). Another computer-commanded machine feeds milk to the baby calves.

The Hallgrímsson farm wasn’t the first to automate—computerized systems have been sold commercially since the early 1990s. But it was the first farm to install all this technology in one place, says Einar. Western Europe has led the way in adopting automatic milking systems, which have been slow to penetrate the US market. This is in part because herd sizes in North America typically number in the thousands, which makes the cost prohibitive.

As word of the farm’s robots spread, visitors started showing up to see the Icelandic cow shed. To accommodate the foot traffic, in 2011 Einar and his wife, Sesselja, decided to take the plunge together and open a restaurant.

Kaffi Kú, (literally Cafe Cow) is partly suspended above the barn with floor-to-ceiling windows offering aerial views of the cows. It specializes in dishes created with the farm’s products—such as beef goulash and burgers, and hot chocolate and pastries made using the cows’ milk—which provides the farm with another revenue stream.

All that equipment gathers reams of data on each cow—what time they were milked, the quality of milk from each teet, what vitamins or minerals they’re missing, how much milk they’re producing—arming their owners with a lot more intel on their herd. Einar says this allows them to get to know their cows far better.

“People always joke that farmers with this technology can go on vacation, but it’s more time consuming, not less,” he says. “The difference is that the farmers can spend all their time taking care of the animals. The job changes. It’s easier, and it’s a lot more fun.”

The cows have more fun, too. “They’re not tied up in the same stall for months on end. They interact with each other, have friends, a clear pecking order. You get to know their personalities and behavior.”

The robots’ success does mean there are fewer jobs for farmers. Einar estimates their current herd size of 150 would have required six farmhands before, but now needs only two.

So what are the answers to some of those original questions? In case you’re wondering, these cows like to be milked four times most days, versus the two times you see on typical farms. Oh, and they all have names. “It’s an old tradition,” says Einar, “but we’re having to dig deep now that the herd’s gotten so big.”

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Uttarakhand Min: Cow Not Only Inhales Oxygen But Exhales It, Give It 'Mother Of Nation' Status – India Times

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Cow-dung soap, cow-urine shampoo to be sold on Amazon, but Patanjali is not the seller! – Business Today

A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh- (RSS) backed centre is bringing a menu of natural cosmetics and medicinal products to Amazon. The centre, Deen Dayal Dham that’s backed by the RSS in Mathura is bringing consumers products like cow-dung soap and other items suffused with cow urine, Modi and Yogi kurtas and more. Initially, Deen Dayal Dham will sell around 30 personal care and therapeutic products online. It will also sell the digestive, Kamdhenu Ark, as well as apparel.

Arun Kumar, RSS spokesperson said that the Dham sells personal and medicinal products of over Rs 1 lakh and Rs 3 lakh worth of apparel every year. Kumar said that the purpose of selling the products online is to generate employment for locals and make them financially independent. If the online endeavour is a success then production and jobs will increase.

Manish Gupta, Deputy Secretary of the Dham told Times of India that products of their Kamdhenu line that have cow urine as its primary ingredient, as well as kurtas and khadi products will be on offer on Amazon. Other products, besides the Kamdhenu Ark that is made from cow urine and aniseed or saunf, includes shampoos, face packs, toothpaste, Ghanvati which is a tonic containing pepper, Kamdhenu Madhunashak Chur for diabetes and obesity and Shoolhar oil for sprains and arthritis.

Gupta clarified that cow urine and dung are the bases for the soaps, face packs and incense sticks and no synthetic ingredients are used.

With as few as 10 workers and as many as 90 calves, the Dham’s Deen Dayal Kamdhenu Gaushala Pharmacy that makes these products, works on a small scale at present. Although most of the products are only sold at RSS camps or the Dham, they are sold out much before the end of the year, as mentioned in the daily.

The Dham expects the demand for these products to increase. All of the Dham’s products are priced between Rs 10 and Rs 230. The Modi and Yogi kurtas are priced at Rs 220 apiece. While the Yogi kurtas are available in saffron colour only, Modi kurtas are available in different colours and are longer than the Yogi ones.

These kurtas, along with jackets, pyjamas and white shirts are made by the tailoring centre, an operation with 50 workers, mostly women who make Rs 120 per day.

However, the Dham is not the only manufacturer to offer cow urine and cow dung items. Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved offers multiple products including Godhan Ark, Sanjivani Vati, Panchgavya Soap, Kayakalp Oil and Shudhi Phenyl that contain cow urine.

(Edited by Anwesha Madhukalya)

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New Study Shows Eating Whole-Fat Dairy Products Is Less Likely To Cause Heart Disease Than Low-Fat –

Here is some good news for all you milk chugging, cheese hoarding, dairy fanatics out there, a recent study published in The Lancet found that people who consumed whole-fat dairy products were less likely do have cardiovascular disease and diabetes than those who ate low-fat dairy products. You can now collectively sigh in relief as you no longer have to compromise your grilled cheese by using reduced fat cheddar.

Food critic and Senior Editor at The Atlantic Corby Kummer told Boston Public Radio Tuesday that the findings for the study can be explained by the fact that whole-fat foods are better are relieving hunger for longer that low-fat foods.

“The underlying principle is, when you eat fat it makes you full. The feelings of satiety reach you sooner,” he said.

People who are still hungry after eating low-fat yogurt or skim milk tend to eat more, leading to potential health complications and weight gain. Low-fat dairy products also contain more sugar than whole-fat dairy products to make the taste more palatable to consumers.

Kummer told listeners that they should not necessarily binge eat a block of Gouda, but if you are going to eat it, you are better off eating the whole-fat, full flavor product.

“Don’t be afraid of eating full fat foods. All of them make you feel full,” Kummer said.

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Hilrose Advent Anna-Red is 2018 Cow of the Year – Dairy Herd Management

Hilrose Advent Anna-Red EX-94, an eight-year-old Red & White Holstein bred and owned by Hilrose Holsteins of Sherwood, has been named the 2018 Wisconsin Cow of the Year. Anna will be recognized with the honor at a special ceremony on October 4 during this year’s World Dairy Expo.

Each year, a different Wisconsin purebred cattle association selects a cow to represent her breed as the Cow of the Year at World Dairy Expo, The honor rotates annually among Wisconsin’s seven major dairy breeds, (Guernsey, Ayrshire, Holstein, Red & White Holstein, Brown Swiss, Jersey, and Milking Shorthorn), with the Red & White Holstein recognized this year.

Anna has a long list of honors in the Red & White breed, including Reserve All-American 125,000 lb. Cow in 2017, Reserve All-American Aged Cow in 2016, and nominated All-American five-year-old in 2015.

Hilrose Holsteins is owned and operated by Joe and Chris Brantmeier, and their sons Andy and Jeff. The Hilrose prefix originates from Joe’s parents, Hilard and Rosemary Brantmeier, who registered their first cow in 1959. Since then, the farm has bred and developed 212 Excellent and 621 Very Good cows.

Today, Hilrose is home to 100 registered Holsteins with a rolling herd average of 32,293 lbs. of milk, 1,236 lbs. of fat, and 1,006 lbs. of protein, with a current Breed Age Average (BAA%) of 111.1. Aside from the cattle, the Brantmeier family also manages 1,200 acres of cropland.

“Our underlying goal has been to breed and develop profitable cattle, with a strong emphasis on high type and cows with a tremendous will to milk,” said Jeff Brantmeier.

Commitment to quality has helped the family to be honored as a Holstein USA Herd of Excellence for many years. The family has also won Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor several times at the Wisconsin District 10 Holstein Show.

“We are humbled and honored to receive the Cow of the Year award. As a 10th generation Excellent cow, Anna is one that exemplifies the type of quality we strive for at Hilrose. Receiving this award with my sons, Andy and Jeff, brings us much joy,” said Joe Brantmeier.

The Cow of the Year ceremony is organized annually by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The 2018 ceremony will be held at approximately 2-2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4 during the Red & White Holstein Winter Calf Class. The award will be presented to the Brantmeier family by DATCP Secretary Sheila Harsdorf and 71stth Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley.

This year’s World Dairy Expo is scheduled Oct. 2-6. The annual dairy and trade show draws more than 70,000 visitors to Madison from around the world. Learn more at

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DoC investigating possible 1080 cow deaths – Newshub

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The Department of Conservation (DoC) is investigating the deaths of eight cattle following a 1080 aerial drop near Te Kuiti. 

DoC says the cattle breached a fence line on the Mapara Wildlife Reserve, about 35 kilometres from the Waikato town, and entered into the pest control area.

The pest control operation took place on September 6 to target rats, stoats and possums.  Over the past 30 years pest control in the area has frequently been carried out to reduce the number of predators and protect endangered kōkako.

DoC took samples of the dead animals and is expecting results back within the next fortnight. It is also working with the landowner to ascertain how the cattle could have breached the fenceline.

DoC Operations Director David Speirs says a review of operational data shows the aerial drop went according to plan and as agreed with all adjacent landowners.

However anti 1080 activists claim the cattle were killed after the aerial drop of the poison went outside the drop’s buffer zone.

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Carol Sawyer posted pictures of the cattle on Facebook and said a neighbouring farmer found the cattle dead on the 9th September with 1080 poison baits all over the paddocks, the post reads. 

But Mr Speirs said the helicopter’s GPS flight lines show there was no over-flight of the adjacent farm area and there was a 50-metre buffer within the operational area in place.

"We have been working closely with the landowner concerned to confirm exactly what happened and also to support them as any good neighbour would under these circumstances with the burial of the dead animals and we have offered to assist with feed for the remaining animals."

Mr Speirs says during a pre-flight of the operational boundary a fortnight before the drop, DoC staff noted stock in the operational area and advised the farmer to remove the stock.


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Cow days are over: Elvie's irreverent campaign frees mothers from burdensome breast-pumping – CampaignLive

The Elvie Pump goes on sale in the UK in October and claims to be the world’s first silent, wearable breast pump. It is the second product from Elvie, which focuses on tech innovation for women’s health and has until now been known for its pelvic floor trainer.

Mother London made a music video for the product in which women dance in a barn among dairy cows to a track called Pumping. Unplugged, with irreverent lyrics about the realities of breast-pumping. The director, Fiona Jane Burgess, as well as all four dancers, are mothers who have recently had babies.

The idea for the campaign is based on the insight that many women who breast-pump say they feel like cows. Breast-pumping is a cumbersome process that has remained largely unchanged since the breast pump was invented in 1854 and modelled after a cow-milking machine.

“In the past 10 years, there have been 14 new models of the iPhone alone, and the breast pump is essentially the same. It shows where technology is focused, and it’s not on women’s health,” Ana Balarin, a partner and executive creative director at Mother, told Campaign.

This video is meant to show the freedom that can come from Elvie’s pump, Balarin said. The device is silent, cord-free and can fit underneath a standard nursing bra. A model even wore it on a catwalk during London Fashion Week.

Elvie saw a need to reinvent breast pumps because they do not fit into modern women’s lives, chief marketing officer Darren Goode said, pointing to the fact that most women quit breast-pumping when they return to work. The company believes more than half of new breast pumps will be wearable within the next couple years.

“Women have effectively been screaming for a solution and it’s falling on deaf ears,” Goode said. “So many moments of women’s lives have never been touched by technology. Women have pretty much been forgotten in terms of innovation.”

When creating the music video, which will run online and on social media, Mother wanted to avoid the conventions of tech demos and advertising to mothers, Balarin said.

“When you’ve just had a baby, you are bombarded with imagery that is all soft lighting, pastel colours, handwritten fonts. It’s so infantilised,” she said. “This is about the women and not about the babies.”

The campaign adopts a tongue-in-cheek tone because Elvie wants to normalise taboo conversations about women’s health, Goode said: “We should be able to talk about breastfeeding and breast-pumping openly. These are issues that women talk about but have been ignored by tech.”

Elvie’s first product, the Elvie Trainer, also tackled a taboo area. The Kegel training device pairs with a smartphone app to help with bladder control, postnatal recovery and sex. Goode said some naysayers believed the product would never sell, but it has since won more than a dozen awards and is recommended by the NHS.

Goode called Elvie’s latest launch “revolutionary”.

“I’d love women to celebrate this moment with us – the end of the cords and cables,” he said. “They can get on with their lives.”

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Phantom Gourmet Taste Test: Beef Jerky – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Phantom recently purchased four bags of beef jerky at a local supermarket.  The chewy contenders were Ball Park, Jack Link’s, Krave, and Oberto.  See if you can guess which protein packed participant ended up at the top of the food chain.

jacklinks Phantom Gourmet Taste Test: Beef Jerky

Jack Link’s Original Beef Jerky (WBZ-TV)

Jack Link’s finished in last place. Their original beef jerky claims to be slow cooked and hardwood smoked, and there certainly is plenty of smoky aroma wafting out of the bag. These randomly shaped pieces of dried meat feature a deep red color and a decent amount of chewiness. Unfortunately, they are so incredibly salty, Phantom needed an entire glass of water after every bite.

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Oberto Original Beef Jerky (WBZ-TV)

Next up is Oberto. Phantom has never really associated beef jerky with basketball or snowboarding, but apparently the people who designed this brand’s packaging do. Setting that aside, these “all natural” jerky pieces sport a gnarled and twisted texture that looks dry and unappealing. They do score with a decent flavor, offering a nice balance of smoky and sweet with a kick of heat. On the downside, this stuff is so ridiculously chewy, Phantom’s jaw got a seriously unwelcome workout.

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Ball Park Original Beef Jerky (WBZ-TV)

The runner-up is Ball Park. Best known for its hot dogs, this brand comes to the plate with a “flame grilled” jerky packed with sweet and savory notes reminiscent of Chinese boneless spareribs.  The beef is cut extra thick but isn’t too tough on the teeth.  Overall, this is a Ball Park Phantom would be happy to visit again.

krave Phantom Gourmet Taste Test: Beef Jerky

Krave Sea Salt Original Beef Jerky (WBZ-TV)

At the top of the food chain is Krave. From the moment he ripped open the resealable bag, phantom knew he was in for a treat. These big pieces of thinly sliced meat are pleasantly tender, and as far as jerky goes, kind of moist. The flavors are well balanced, with notes of honey, sea salt, and soy sauce. Plus, the ingredient list doesn’t have anything on there you won’t recognize. That’s why Krave sea salt original beef jerky is at the top of the food chain.

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