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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Scientists develop genetically-modified cows without horns to make countryside safer with five Brits a year killed … – The Sun


Many livestock have their horns cut or burnt off when they’re calves, but its hoped the new research will prevent the need

GENETICALLY-modified cows are being bred to make the countryside safer.

Scientists have created cattle without horns, so they are less likely to injure farmers, walkers and other animals.

Scientists have genetically modified cows without horns

Around five Brits a year are killed by cows.

U.S. experts used “gene-editing” to remove the DNA that is responsible for horns in black-and-white Holsteins, Britain’s most popular dairy breed.

Instead, the GM animals have soft hair where the bony lumps would be.



The US scientists aimed to make the countryside a safer place, with five Brits a year killed by cows

Most of the UK’s 10 million cows are born with horns.

But for safety reasons, many have them removed when they are calves – either by burning the skin with a hot iron or cutting off with a saw.

Only a few breeds in Britain do not have horns, such as the Hereford and Angus.

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Genetically modified cows would prevent calves having to be dehorned, which is done with hot irons or cutting off with a saw

Animal geneticist Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, of the University of California, Davis, discovered it is possible to take DNA from such species and put them into a dairy cow embryo to prevent them having horns.

The first calves, which were created using IVF techniques are called Spotigy and Buri.



The experimental cows are currently still in quarantine

The team now hoping their offspring will continue to be hornless, potentially saving farmers millions.

Presenting her researcher at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston, Dr Van Eenennaam said: “Genome editing promises to complement traditional breeding programs by precisely introducing desirable genetic variations into livestock breeding programs.”

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The hornless calves were created using IVF techniques, and it’s hoped their offspring will also be born without horns

But there still remain concerns about allowing GM animals into the food line.

The experimental cows produced by the University of California currently remain in quarantine.

They were produced using a new gene-editing technique known as CRISPR.

It lets scientists accurately cut out tiny sections of faulty genes and replace them with healthy DNA.

The technique is also being used to create swine fever-resistant pigs and chickens that give birth only to females, which can lay eggs.

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Who's that lady? The extraordinary life of the Marchioness of Dufferin – Irish Times

Perched on a window-sill, her Hunter wellington boots elegantly propped on the back of a chair, Lady Dufferin is telling me all about her amazing yoghurt. Made from the milk of her beloved herd of pedigree Jersey and Holstein cows, Clandeboye Estate’s yoghurt is a tremendous success story. You seem to see it everywhere, these days: in supermarkets, garages, farmers’ markets and independent shops across Ireland and the UK, and it has won numerous awards. Clandeboye, in Co Down, is one of Ireland’s oldest and largest estates, and it’s entirely self-sufficient, free of trusts and foundations – which is why the yoghurt has proved to be such a God-send.

“The money it makes keeps the engine of the estate going from day to day,” says Lady Dufferin, otherwise known as Lindy Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava. “We all work as a team, everyone has to be interchangeable, and we’re fantastically proud of our yoghurt, all of us.” She grins. “Though I have to say, I don’t think I could milk a cow.”

The 75-year-old Marchioness is deaf, though you’d never guess: she’s an expert lip-reader, and besides, her playfulness and vivacity – the sheer force of her personality – outweigh everything else.

There aren’t many people like Lady Dufferin around any more. She has had a long, extraordinary life, surrounded by the foremost artists of her time – David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud – many of whom came to Clandeboye for glorious bohemian parties, in the days when Dufferin and her late husband Sheridan were at the very centre of the London art scene. Sheridan, the fifth and final Marquess of Dufferin and Ava – he was named after his ancestor, the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan – was a committed patron of the arts, and co-founded the famous Kasmin Gallery in New Bond Street in 1963. He died in 1988, from an Aids-related illness, aged 49.

An artist herself – she paints as Lindy Guinness – Lady Dufferin continues to live at a pitch of intensity that few people achieve. But right now she wants to talk about one of her favourite subjects: those pedigree cows.

“I call them ‘the ladies’,” she says. “Countless champions, the best cows in Ireland.” Cared for by her loyal cow-man and herd manager Mark Logan, who has been at Clandeboye for decades – Dufferin affectionately refers to him as the herd’s “permanent hair-dresser” – they aren’t just the source of milk for the yoghurt, they’re also regular sitters for Dufferin’s art. Sheltering in her painting hut, out on the 2,000 acre estate, she spends hours studying their angular forms. A new series of her abstract cow paintings is currently on show in the Ava Gallery at Clandeboye. In a special publication to accompany one of her London exhibitions, Dufferin reflects on the fascination. “It is a journey I am on,” she writes. “I am searching for the essence, or platonic form of the cow-ishness of cows. They intrigue me . . . Essentially, I love to draw the cows as they are, in my mind, an integral part of Clandeboye – I can’t think of the land without the cows. They are interchangeable in my mind, with the trees, the clouds, the wind patterns – they all seem to echo the cows.”

Cows are far from her only subjects, however. On one occasion, she painted the Rev. Ian Paisley. “It’s in the Ulster Museum, I think, perhaps they are too nervous to show it,” says Dufferin wryly. It’s a characterful, energetic portrait, showing a robed Paisley wearing a florid tie with flags and the word “no” written on it. Dufferin was taught to paint by the great Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka, and also by Duncan Grant, of the Bloomsbury group. She has described meeting Grant, when she was 17, as “one of those chance meetings that change the course of one’s life”. She travelled to France and Spain with him, and later he visited Clandeboye. “My whole development as a person and as an artist is entwined with Duncan.”

I’m not surprised to learn that it was Lady Dufferin herself who came up with the idea for making Clandeboye yoghurt: as well as her passion for art and aesthetics, she clearly has a strong entrepreneurial side. “Well, what happens is that I go and get frivolous ideas in London [she has a mansion in Holland Park] and read books and come up with wild ideas,” she says. “Some of them are shot down, but some of them win.”

One of Dufferin’s initiatives is an un-staffed “honesty” shop within the grounds of Clandeboye, where customers can buy milk, yoghurt, eggs, honey and granola – the various products of the estate – and put the money they owe into a box. Just before Christmas, thieves broke into the box and took the cash, but Dufferin remains undeterred. “The point is that it’s been running for eight years now, and it balances out pretty fairly. It’s really good, it gives a nice, ungreedy atmosphere to the estate. I think the people who stole – perhaps they might just have been feeling a bit un-Christmassy?”

Mark Logan and Bryan Boggs, the yoghurt business manager, exchange smiles. “Lady Dufferin has the idea that she would like to open honesty shops all over the country,” says Boggs. “A famous American billionaire told me that I really ought to do it,” insists Dufferin. “He said it wouldn’t matter how many times we were broken into, the publicity [for the yoghurt sales] would be so huge.” Logan and Boggs look sceptical. “Well, these gentlemen will never let me get away with it. When they say no, that’s it.”

“Yes,” says Boggs. “It’s a sort of semi-democracy, but not totally.”

Lady Dufferin is particularly proud that the main supermarkets stock Clandeboye Estate yoghurt. “If you’re dealing with the big boys, Tesco and Aldi, normally it isn’t a sort of homegrown activity. What’s unique about this is that we have actually penetrated the big boys with our product and they are very, very pleased with it. And it hit just at the moment when they were feeling a bit conscious that they needed to support local people.” Eight years ago, Clandeboye started off by making 300 litres of yoghurt a week, and now they produce over 2,000 litres a day. The thick Greek-style yoghurt, which is hand-strained through cheese-cloths in the traditional way, is their most popular variety. Each pot carries a reproduction of one of Lady Dufferin’s paintings. Bryan Boggs thinks they have made in the region of five million reproductions of her paintings now. “That’s how I came to be the most famous disposable artist in the world,” she quips.

“There was a terrible moment when we first sent our yoghurt to Sainsbury’s,” says Dufferin. “I was hanging on the end of the telephone, waiting, waiting, waiting to hear, and everyone went along to look at the shelves and there was no Clandeboye yoghurt. And I got more and more sad, more and more depressed, and finally we found out that the packaging we sent it in wasn’t big enough for their machine, so it had gone round picking up everybody else’s yoghurt and missing ours. Terrible.”

“I’ve been here for 25 years,” says Mark Logan, “and the herd has changed a lot in that time. I turned up very enthusiastic about pedigree cattle and showing. Lady Dufferin was already interested, she saw my enthusiasm and was keen to support it. Lady Dufferin was having dinner with the Rothschilds and they were talking about having cows flown in from Canada, so she arrived back at Clandeboye and came to see me and said – ‘could that work?’ And I said ‘yes’. She said ‘would you like to do that?’. And I said ‘yes!’ Within a year, we brought one over. It wasn’t like ‘here’s a blank cheque, Mark, go and spend it’. But the herd developed from there.”

“Everything has dove-tailed,” says Lady Dufferin. “Because of the fact that Mark’s been hugely successful with championship cows and winning all sorts of prizes, suddenly what appeared to be a kind of hobby became fantastic publicity. What started out as pleasure, or an aspect of excellence, with no ulterior financial gain, suddenly it became this fantastic publicity stunt. So now we have these champion cows producing champion yoghurt on champion land. That’s what’s so wonderful.”

Now, with the recent purchase of a methane digester, which generates electricity from cow waste, Dufferin has high hopes of making Clandeboye completely energy self-sufficient: “the sun makes the grass grow, the cows eat the grass and they produce milk and then the dung, which goes into the digester and it creates electricity to run the factory and then on and on in this great cycle of energy.” For more than 30 years, the Northern Ireland branch of Conservation Volunteers, a cross-community environmental project, has also been based at Clandeboye,

Dufferin has a charming, child-like, entirely unaffected innocence in her manner which can get her into trouble at times. For instance, when she confessed to a reporter that she hadn’t a clue about supermarkets because she had never been inside one, the British press ridiculed her. But little fazes the Marchioness. She ended up having a hilarious conversation about it with her old friend David Hockney, who rang up after he saw her being mocked in the papers. She has previously described the artist as absolutely enchanting, entirely original in his approach: “he takes life by the short and curlies and gives it a shake.” Hockney even came on honeymoon with the Dufferins. She remembers Hockney with his “very round spectacles and very blond hair”, driving around America with them in an open-top Cadillac.

Hockney remains a dear presence in Dufferin’s world, and although they don’t see each other quite so often these days, she recently lent a number of her personal collection of Hockney paintings for the extensive new retrospective of his work at Tate Britain, in London, opening on February 9th.

When Miss Belinda Guinness – as she was then – married her cousin, Sheridan Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, in October 1964 in Westminster Abbey, it was a spectacular affair. The New York Times described the 22-year-old bride’s dress in detail: “it had a bodice molded to a slightly raised waistline, a narrow roll collar and a princess line skirt flowing to a 15-foot court train held at the shoulders with small tailored bows. The bride’s veil of tulle was attached to the Dufferin and Ava shamrock tiara.” Afterwards, a reception for 1,800 guests was held across three floors of the Café Royal, with a fleet of buses used to transport guests from the Abbey. As a wedding gift, Lindy’s father, the financier Loel Guinness, gave her a wardrobe of 20 dresses by the Parisian designer Antonio Castillo.

“He saw a photograph of me,” says Dufferin, remembering her husband. “He cut out the photograph and he stuck it on his shaving mirror, and he said ‘I’m going to marry that woman’.”

Dufferin had an odd, disconnected and sometimes turbulent upbringing, mostly cared for by nannies. She was born on March 25th, 1941, at a Scottish airport, of all places: her father was group captain of a squadron stationed at Prestwick, and he declared that his heavily pregnant wife, then aged only 18, should have her child there. “He said the birth should take place at the airport to cheer everyone up,” says Dufferin. “New life in the middle of the war, you know.” Later, he taught his little daughter to fly a helicopter, perched on his knee.

In 1951, Loel Guinness divorced Lindy’s mother, Lady Isabel Manners, and married the Mexican-born socialite Gloria Rubio. “She was a complex figure, very beautiful, and famous in the fashion world,” recalls Dufferin. After her father took her out of school at the age of 14, Dufferin spent time with her new stepmother in Palm Beach, where Truman Capote was also a house-guest. “Oh, he was a famous court jester, he had a brilliant mind. He had a slanting approach to life.”

Dufferin also remembers meeting the French undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau: “I would have been about seven years old, and I was sitting on a yacht with my father in the south of France, it was the port in Antibes. I heard an odd, gurgling sound in the water, and out came a man with a helmet on his head. My father pulled him on to the boat and they started chatting. I had little baby aqua-lungs and later I went down with Cousteau.”

The Marchioness throws out these vignettes and anecdotes about the people of her life quite casually. Lucian Freud, who was briefly married to Sheridan’s sister, Caroline Blackwood, in the 1950s, is summed up as “very tricky, brilliantly clever”. But you get the impression that she has no desire to dwell on lost friends or years gone by. There’s too much going on in here and now for her to linger, as many older people do, in half-forgotten memories.

For a woman so determinedly rooted in the present, Lady Dufferin lives in a house that is a fantastic, melancholy shrine to the past. And yet she is clearly devoted to it, and takes her responsibilities as custodian very seriously. She has always felt comfortable here, even during the Troubles. “Many of my English friends were deeply concerned about my security but understood I had total confidence about being both a Guinness and a Dufferin and [was] proud of both these cross-Border Irish connections,” she said in an earlier interview.

Clandeboye is a late Georgian country house, dating back to 1801, which was transformed by the first Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Sheridan’s great-grandfather. Frederick was close friends with Queen Victoria, and a renowned diplomat who became Governor-General of Canada and Viceroy of India. Above all, he was an avid collector, and Clandeboye holds many of his strange treasures: stuffed baby bears, Indian cut-throat weapons, ornate Burmese day-beds, an Egyptian altar-piece, a tiger-skin rug. At either side of the grand staircase stands a pair of narwhal tusks, glimmering eerily in the semi-darkness.

Yet to Dufferin, Clandeboye is simply home. She kicks off her shoes and dumps her handbag unceremoniously at the bottom of the stairs, under the narwhal tusks. In the dining room, surrounded by portraits of Blackwood ancestors, a single place is set for dinner. It strikes you that it would take great reserves of personal chutzpah to live in a place like Clandeboye. But Lady Dufferin is not lacking in this respect.

She is receiving a cochlear implant soon, which will help her hearing. “Yes, I’m going to be a cyborg,” she says, clearly relishing the novel prospect of being part-human, part-machine. For the irrepressible Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, it’s always about what comes next.

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Police log: Cow loose in Penn Township – The Evening Sun


Evening Sun reporter Kaitlin Greenockle reviews crime news for the week of Feb. 2 through Feb. 9.
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Penn Township

Feb. 14

4:29 a.m. Report of a vehicle struck by a deer in the 3300 block of Grandview Road.

6:47 a.m. Report of an old tenant on property in the 700 block of Beck Mill Road. Subject was gone upon police arrival.

7:46 a.m. Report of a lost set of keys in the 1000 block of Baltimore Street.

7:57 a.m. Report of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a business in the 1000 block of Baltimore Street. Vehicle’s owner was located and moved the vehicle.

8:27 a.m. Report of a hit and run to a fire hydrant in the 100 block of  Bowman Road.

12:43 p.m. Driver’s license was seized following a vehicle stop in the 900 block of Blooming Grove Road.

1:43 p.m. Report of a two-vehicle crash in the 1000 block of Baltimore. One injury was reported.

2:13 p.m. A 22-year-old man was turned over to a constable on outstanding warrants on Foster at Baltimore Street.

3:34 p.m. A pit bull with no collar was reported running through the area in the 700 block of Baltimore Street. The dog was not located.

6:40 p.m. An unknown tractor-trailer damaged a tree on private property on Hershey Heights Road.

10:26 p.m. Two subjects were warned for trespassing in the 1000 block of Baltimore Street.

10:30 p.m. A white terrier and a brown poodle on Wayne Avenue was turned over to the dog enforcement officer.

10:42 p.m. Report of a loose cow in the 700 block of Hershey Heights Road.

10:50 p.m. Court order violation was reported on Red Cedar Lane. Charges are pending.

Feb. 15

9:34 a.m. A 24-year-old woman was turned over to a constable on outstanding warrants in the 1300 block of Carlisle Street.

10:51 a.m. Report of a traffic signal malfunction on York at Center Street. Everything appeared OK.

3:43 p.m. Report of a phone scam in the 400 block of South Center Street.

3:45 p.m. Report of a fence that was spray painted in the 800 block of Rear York Street.

Feb. 16

12:45 a.m. A 53-year-old woman was turned over to a constable for a warrant following a vehicle stop in the 1000 block of York Street.

4:21 p.m. A 17-year-old girl ran away after an argument with her family in the 500 block of Baltimore Street.

4:49 p.m. Report of a four-vehicle crash in the 1500 block of Broadway. Two minor injuries were reported.

5:18 p.m. A minor crash in the 200 block of Bowman Road was reported.

6:22 p.m. Report of a verbal domestic between girlfriend and boyfriend in the 100 block of Bowman Road.

Hanover Borough

Feb. 14

1:23 a.m. Disturbance involving several subjects being loud inside a residence was reported in the 400 block of Pine Street.

1:59 p.m. Fraud was reported at a business in the 400 block of Eisenhower Drive where a male subject attempted to purchase merchandise using a fraudulent check.

5:54 p.m. Disturbance involving a disorderly male subject was reported in the first block of West Chestnut Street.

6:21 p.m. Suspicious circumstance was reported in the 300 block of East Walnut Street where a door to a residence was found ajar when the resident returned home. The residence was searched and everything checked out OK.

6:50 p.m. Criminal trespass was reported at a business in the 300 block of Highland Avenue where two juveniles loitering on private property were located and warned.

8:17 p.m. Criminal trespass was reported at a business in the 200 block of Poplar Street where several juveniles loitering on private property were located and warned.

10:59 p.m. Suspicious vehicle reported to be occupied and parked in the 300 block of Maple Avenue was gone from the area before police arrived.

Feb. 15

4:35 a.m. A charge of DUI is pending against a 21-year-old man, of Hanover, following a traffic stop in the 500 block of York Street.

7:39 a.m. Criminal mischief was reported in the 100 block of Broadway where a roof and windows were damaged sometime in the last several weeks.

9:04 a.m. Harassment between a man and a woman was reported in the 200 block of Frederick Street.

12:11 p.m. Theft of a mountain bicycle was reported in the first block of Third Street.

1:36 p.m. David Hancock, 45, of Hanover, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness following an incident reported in the 500 block of York Street. He was turned over to the York County Sheriff’s Department for further disposition.

1:37 p.m. Disturbance involving a verbal argument between two juveniles was reported in the 300 block of Keagy Avenue.

3:55 p.m. Fraud involving an altered prescription was reported at a business in the 400 block of Eisenhower Drive.

8:24 p.m. Suspicious male subject reported loitering at a business in the 300 block of Frederick Street left the area before police were called.

8:51 p.m. Domestic argument between a grandmother and a grandson was reported in the 1300 block of Broadway.

9:18 p.m. No injuries were reported and towing was not required following a crash in the 600 block of West Elm Avenue. A silver colored Dodge Durango operated by an unknown person struck a parked 2012 Volkswagen Jetta owned by Hajrudin Krdzic, of McSherrystown and fled the scene.

9:48 p.m. Disturbance involving an unknown loud noise coming from inside a residence was reported in the 700 block of Broadway.

Feb. 16

2:26 p.m. Domestic argument between a man and a woman was reported in the 200 block of Fame Avenue.

5:51 p.m. Suspicious male subject reported loitering in the 600 block of East Middle Street was gone from the area before police arrived.

6:44 p.m. No injuries were reported and towing was required following a crash in the 1100 block of Carlisle Street. A 2012 Mazda 3 operated by Nazir Krdzic, of Hanover, struck a 2004 Ford F350 operated by an Abbottstown juvenile.

7:19 p.m. Disturbance involving a verbal argument between a man and a woman was reported in the first block of York Street.

8:46 p.m. Fraud involving an internet scam was reported in the first block of Kuhn Drive.

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Is taxidermy fabulous or freaky? – The Southland Times

Alfred Taxler of Junkstyle with a 1960s stuffed stag trophy.


Alfred Taxler of Junkstyle with a 1960s stuffed stag trophy.

Taxidermy is a divisive decor element if ever there was one.

For the layman, it’s those dead animals you used to see only in manor houses, but may now glimpse in a bell jar next to the books at your friend’s house.

It’s the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals (most usually vertebrates) for display.  

This is where the divide usually begins. Group A urgently want some ‘forever’ animals at their house, group B are examining group A for potential serial killers.

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What is it we find so uncomfortable about taxidermy? Can one just dabble in the dead as art? Is it a kooky collectible or a high fashion addition to the home?

“I don’t think taxidermy ever went out of fashion, I think New Zealanders discovered it much later than our American or European counterparts. It’s a living art form, a second chance at life, like when they were alive each piece is individual and unique, and a lot cheaper than buying a Colin McCahon,” said Martin Brown of Wellington design store Brown & Co.

“We totally understand that it’s not to everybody’s taste, once we explain that we only source animals ethically, they tend to become more comfortable around it. A lot of people’s memories are of bad taxidermy that their grandfather may have had lurking in the garage, usually a ferret or a stoat bearing it’s teeth which gave them nightmares as children,” Brown said.

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“I don’t mind taxidermy at all,” said Shane Henare of Nelson vintage store Eclectic Antiques. “I’m a bit of an animal person, I like them whether they’re alive or whether they’re dead. We sort of look at it as celebrating the life of that animal.”

So just which animal to invite in at your place?

“We find smaller pieces like birds and small animals like rabbits sell well,” said Brown, “These take up less room and can be moved around easily when you want to update your interior. We’ve noticed a marked shift away from the large wall mounted trophy heads as there just isn’t the room in most people’s apartments.”

As dictates the law of supply and demand, taxidermy like any niche interest thrives upon exclusivity. The hunt (or is it second hunt?) by collectors is real and consists in a realm beyond that of the regular trend buyer. Who knows, pick up the trend and maybe you’ll end up a collector.

“Most of my clients aren’t buying because it’s a trend,” said James, the taxidermy connoisseur behind Auckland’s Flock & Herd. “The person who’s buying because it’s a trend will buy a skin rug, a zebra or a cow, and maybe a deer for the wall. A serious collector goes for exotic, rare things. Birds, anything rare, the rarer the better.”

Taxidermy specimens are sourced from literally every part of the world, except New Zealand. 

“Many of the birds are from South America, and they also come from zoos and wildlife parks in Africa. But I don’t do New Zealand natives because of DOC,” said James.

Brown will stock any animal that has been ethically sourced.

“We’ve become known as bird specialist though. I’m a bird person, which is why we stock a lot of birds, I’m drawn to ravens. That sounds macabre but I’m not an ageing Goth. I like the fact they’re quite majestic, imposing and noble looking birds.” 

So if you’re keen to enter the taxidermy addiction, it seems that exotic birds are where it’s at, but be prepared for a wait. 

“The Toucan on the front page of my website at the moment, it’s currently sold out. I have one on the way in about four weeks, and about five people on the waiting list for it,” said James. “I get buyers with all sorts of different houses, tastes, styles. Because it’s so varied, taxidermy suits all sorts of styles [of home].” 

“My own apartment is painted white, including the floors, with minimal furniture,” said Brown. “I think one or two pieces is best, as you want them to stand out on their own. I used to have a vast collection but the only two I have now are a caramel rabbit that a very dear friend gave me and a sparrow that stands on the floor like it’s just flown in through the window. 

“I’m more of a collector gone rogue,” said James, “I have many. Hundreds of specimens. Probably my Australian Platypus would be my personal favourite. Most of my stock is at the World fashion stores. They’re my retailer, so if you go into World and see a dead animal, it’s mine.”

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Cow and bull auction report – West Plains Daily Quill

Receipts:    785    Last Week:    454    Year Ago:    557

Compared to last week, slaughter cows traded 2.00-4.00 higher with slaughter bulls trading steady.  Demand was good on a moderate supply of slaughter animals and a heavy supply of bred cows which included a large herd dispersal sale.  The supply consisted of 33 percent slaughter cows, 40 percent bred cows, 7 percent cow/calf pairs, 5 percent slaughter bulls, 7 percent stocker/feeder cows and 9 percent calves.  

Slaughter Cows:

          Average Dressing    High Dressing    Low Dressing

Breaking                       57.00-61.50         62.50-64.00       50.00-55.00

Boning                        856.00-62.50         62.00-69.00       48.50-55.50

Lean                               50.00-56.00         56.50-63.50       38.00-49.00

Slaughter Bulls: Yield Grade 1-2  1090-2295 lbs average dressing 82.00-89.50 per cwt, high dressing individual 104.00, low dressing 65.00-81.00.

Bred Cows:  Medium and Large 1  3-6 yr old 1052-1465 lb cows in the 2nd to 3rd stage 1500.00-1600.00 per head.  Medium and Large 1-2 2-6 yr old 978-1240 lb cows in the 2nd to 3rd stage 1225.00-1450.00 per head, 1st stage 1050.00-1100.00 per head. Seven yrs to short-solid mouth 1092-1420 lb cows in the 2nd to 3rd stage 950.00-1175.00 per head. Broken mouth 1081-1305 lb cows in the 3rd stage 775.00-900.00 per head. Medium and Large 2  2-7 yr old 880-1310 lb cows in the 1st to 3rd stage 650.00-975.00 per head.  Short-solid to broken mouth cows 895-1290 lb cows mostly in the 3rd stage 600.00-825.00 per head.  Large 1-2  Pair 4 yr old 1500 lb cows in the 2 stage 1325.00 per head.  Medium 2  2 yr to short-solid mouth 820-1125 lb cows in the 1st to 3rd stage 550.00-700.00 per head.

Stocker and Feeder Cows:  Medium and Large 1-2  Open or unchecked cows and heiferettes, 18 to 24 months old 640-1290 lb heifers 80.00-115.0 per cwt; 2-3 yr old 810-1070 lb heifers 86.00-95.00 per cwt, pkg 5 hd 975 lbs 875.00 per head.  4-7 yr old 970-1300 lb cows 57.00-93.00 per cwt, pkg 14 hd 1009 lbs 750.00 per head.

Cow-Calf Pairs:  Medium and Large 1-2  Two pkgs of 11 pairs 2-5 yr old 935-1010 lb cows with 125-200 lb calves 1700.00 per pair.  Medium 2 Broken mouth 760-1025 lb cows with 100-250 lb calves 650.00-900.00 per pair.

Source:  MO Dept of Ag/USDA Market News Service, Dan Hill, Market Reporter

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The Getaway: Gutsy Swedish Cow Attempts Great Escape From Abattoir – Sputnik International

Braving death, the cow took a narrow escape from a truck on its way to the slaughterhouse and was last seen on the loose, fleeing on a country road near the village of Fredriksfors, Gävleborg Country in eastern Sweden, Swedish police reported.

“They tried to lure the cow back by putting out hay on the ground, but failed. The cow ran into the forest and now it’s somewhere out there,” police spokesperson Matilda Isaksson told newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

The runaway was caught the same day. Its future destiny was never revealed, although one can surmise it was not a pleasant one.

In 2016, another fugitive cow was shot dead in the city of Malmö in southern Sweden after running off from a local agricultural fair and wreaking havoc on the near-by area. The cow’s aggressive behavior forced local police to send out several patrols tasked with capturing the invader. Before succumbing to police pistols, the beast caused material destruction, butting and kicking cars and attacking a dog, the Swedish tabloid newspaper Expressen reported.

​However, things may have taken a more positive direction. In 2016, a raging bull bolted from a slaughterhouse truck in Queens, triggering a Spanish-bull-run-like ruckus in a college campus, yet was ultimately saved from slaughter by comedian Jon Stewart.

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Exports of Dairy Products from BiH Increased – TheCattleSite


Exports of Dairy Products from BiH Increased

15 February 2017

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – BiH exported dairy products worth 70,188,291 BAM last year, which is 14.71 per cent more than in 2015, while imports amounted to 128,353,574 BAM, which represents an increase of 7 per cent compared to the previous year.

This increase was contributed by the export of dairy products to EU member states, namely Croatia, which was not the case in 2015, as said from the Foreign Trade Chamber of BiH.

The country mostly exported milk and sour cream worth 47.95 million BAM on the market of CEFTA countries – Montenegro 18.6 million BAM, 10.73 million BAM of Macedonia, to Serbia 9.12 million BAM, and to Kosovo 7.04 million BAM.

Most of the butter was exported to Turkey, and it is worth 2.52 million BAM, and 655,000 BAM in Macedonia, while total exports of dairy products amounted to 3.65 million BAM last year.

Last year in BiH was mostly imported milk and cheese from the EU, and the most of it from Croatia.

Total imports of milk and sour cream amounted to 25.3 million BAM last year, while imports from Croatia totaled to 10 million BAM, from Hungary 5.14 million BAM, from Germany 4.7 million BAM, and Slovakia 3.82 million BAM.

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Keep watch of young cows during calving – AG Week

It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of first-calf heifers experience calving difficulties.

“If nothing is done to help her get back on track after calving, this could negatively affect the postpartum interval and next season pregnancy rates,” Grussing said. “Remember these heifers are the cattle operation’s newest assets. It’s important to keep them healthy through their first calving in order to give them the best chance of breeding back and entering into the mature cow herd.”

Below Grussing outlines some factors cattle producers should consider when caring for first-calf heifers.

First in line

If the first-calf heifers are the first to calve, it makes for a more efficient breeding season,” Grussing said. “Breeding programs set up this way have advantages over calving all cows at once.”

She explains that calving the heifers first allows producers to prioritize the first-calf heifers, who tend to need more frequent checks to avoid calving difficulties as well as more attention than a mature cow once their calf is born.

Calving them first also gives the heifers before the herd’s mature cows also gives them more time to recover from pregnancy and calving, and resume fertile estrous cycles, before breeding season.

“Traditionally, we need to rebreed cows within 80 days postpartum in order to maintain a 365 day calving interval. Breeding heifers to calve before mature cows allows them closer to 100 days to resume estrous cycles,” Grussing explained. “This sets them up for better chances of rebreeding with their second calf early in the next breeding season.”


Keeping track of records before, during and after calving is important. “This allows cattle producers to compare the first-calf heifer’s performance throughout the year,” Grussing said.

Make note to evaluate pre and post calving health, calving performance, and nutrition.

“Using these records throughout the year can also be helpful in making sure she is going down the right path to successfully join the cowherd,” she said.

When keeping records, Grussing outlines a few items to consider:

Calving difficulty: How did she perform through her first calving? Did she have any difficulty?

If first-calf heifers do experience dystocia, a calving ease score from 1 to 5 (American Hereford Association) can be documented in the calving book. Heifers showing more signs of calving difficulty (scores 3 to 5) may need to be culled or flagged for extra attention next calving season.

Nutrition: Give her a body condition score (BCS). First-calf heifers need to be at a BCS of 6 by calving and 85 percent of mature body weight which will set her up with adequate nutrients for her continued growth, while also allowing her to meet needs of lactation and resumption of estrous cycles prior to breeding.

Is she too fat? Heifers with BCS greater than 6 may have impaired milk production and increased incidence of dystocia, due to extra fat deposition in the udder and around the pelvis, respectively.

Is she too thin? If heifers are too thin, extra energy will need to be supplemented in order for her to meet nutrient demands for lactation, growth and maintenance.

Thin heifers will likely have a longer postpartum interval and may lead to devastating profit losses if they get culled due to late or failure to breed back within the desired calving interval.

A few more tips for successful calving season

Reduce contaminants: Clean pens frequently or utilize the Sandhills Calving System to maintain a clean environment in and out of the barn.

Post-Calving: Monitor first-calf heifers for proper cleaning and passing of the placenta within 12 hours post-calving. Retained placentas, uterine prolapses, uterine infections or lacerations may cause her discomfort and can also lead to breeding problems down the road.


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Bank of England to keep five pound note despite protests over beef fat ingredient – CNBC

The Bank of England said on Wednesday it plans to keep the new five pound note despite acknowledging that it contains an “extremely small amount of” beef fat.

Vegan-led protests last November prompted the U.K.’s central bank to launch a detailed investigation into whether there was a better substitute for the ingredient.

However, according to a statement from the Bank, it has now concluded “that it would be appropriate to keep the £5 ($6.25) polymer note in circulation and to issue the £10 polymer note as planned, in September.”

A variety of issues in addition to animal rights concerns and including quality and security of the banknotes, the Bank’s legal obligations, the needs of firms that process, handle and supply cash and taxpayer value for money were analyzed by the institution in reaching its decision.

Despite the decision, the Bank has confirmed that it is “continuing to work closely with banknote polymer suppliers to determine what alternatives might be available.”

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