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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cow steals spotlight at student's graduation photo shoot – WLOS

In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo, senior animal sciences major Massimo Montalbano, and Amelia, a 3-year-old cow, right, walk on the campus of University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Montalbano brought the towering dairy cow to join his commencement photo shoot. Montalbano worked with cattle throughout his undergraduate studies with the university’s Foremost Dairy Research Center. (Liv Paggiarino/Missourian via AP)

University of Missouri students were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot.

The Columbia Missourian reports that senior animal sciences major Massimo Montalbano brought the 3-year-old cow, named Amelia, to campus on Thursday to join his commencement photo shoot.

Montalbano worked with cattle throughout his undergraduate studies with the university’s Foremost Dairy Research Center.

Montalbano initially presented the idea to Jim Spain, the vice provost for undergraduate studies. Spain referred Montalbano to the university’s operations department, which ultimately approved the request.

Spain says it’s not the first time a student has asked him to bring a cow to campus. But it was still a rare sight to unsuspecting bystanders.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Massimo Montalbano has his graduation photos taken with dairy cow Amelia – Columbia Missourian

There are 2,243 MU students who will receive degrees this weekend, according to the MU News Bureau. One student, an animal sciences major named Massimo Montalbano, set out to make some unconventional graduation photos by appealing to the dean to bring Amelia, a 3-year-old Holstein dairy cow, onto Francis Quadrangle with him. Dressed in a suit, dress shoes, graduation gown and mortar board, Montalbano, Amelia and their photographer, Monica Witzke, a graduate student studying animal sciences, roamed campus Thursday taking pictures and evoking stares from several passersby. Amelia is owned by MU and lives at the Foremost Dairy Research Center.

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Two Arrested for Stealing Kansas Cattle and Attempting to Sell in OKC – Drovers Magazine

After allegedly stealing cattle in southeast Kansas and attempting to sell them across state lines at the Oklahoma National Stockyards Co. the two people responsible are in jail.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in Kansas reports that Anthony Francis Whittley and Jasmine A. Boone, both 27 of rural Labette County, Kansas, were arrested on Nov. 11. The arrest happened just hours after 17 head of steers, averaging 450 lb. were reported missing from a pasture outside Columbus to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office by the cattle owner.

The owner was contacted soon after the missing cattle report was submitted once an employee with the Oklahoma National Stockyards noticed the owner’s brand on the cattle.

“Once the steers were positively identified as those stolen from Cherokee County, law enforcement was able to work in partnership with the sale barn operators and appear to sell the cattle,” says Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

By allowing the cattle to go through the ring and appear to sell it allowed authorities to find out who had dropped the steers off when they returned to pick up the check.

Jerry Flowers, Chief Agent for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry’s (ODAFF) Investigative Services, shared on Facebook how the case materialized so quickly including the alertness of the sale barn staff to identify the brands on the cattle.

“Both outlaws not only confessed to stealing these cattle in Kansas but confessed to stealing cattle in Eastern Oklahoma. Special Agents in Oklahoma are working with livestock Special Agents from Kansas to determine where these suspects have stolen cattle from in Kansas and Oklahoma,” Flowers says.

Authorities in Kansas were also happy for the case to be solved so soon.

“I’m excited about the way this case came together, very quickly, thanks to rapid and accurate information sharing along with collaboration between the cattle owner, representatives of the sale barn, and all law enforcement involved, including the Special Livestock Investigators in Kansas and Oklahoma,” Groves adds.

Making the speed of the arrest more impressive is that the Stockyards located in Oklahoma City are more than 200 miles from where the cattle were reported stolen.

Whittley and Jones are being held in the Oklahoma County Jail in Oklahoma on counts of Transporting Stolen Property Across State Lines, Concealing Stolen Property and being in Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony.

“At this time our office is seeking charges in Kansas for Felony Theft and Criminal Damage to Property, but we also anticipate the filing of additional charges with regards to a similar case from late November, where eight cows were stolen north of Columbus,” Groves says.

In the Facebook post Flowers thanked Special Agent Kendall Lothman, Kansas Livestock Investigator with the Kansas Attorney General Office, ODAFF secretary Tina Fortune and the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association for letting agents use their facility to interview the cattle rustlers.

“This is another classic example of what can be achieved when law enforcement agencies join forces to protect Oklahoma and Kansas livestock producers,” Flowers relates.

The Parsons Sun reports that Whittley and Boone remain in Oklahoma County Jail on bonds totaling $27,000 each.

The sale barn is working with the cattle owner to return the steers back to Kansas.

A map showing the distance between Columbus, Kansas and the Stockyards in Oklahoma City can be seen below:

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Drovers' Top 10 Cow-Calf Stories of 2018 – Drovers Magazine

As we move into 2019, here are 10 cow-calf articles of the past year to help keep you informed and ready to start a successful year!


10. Atypical BSE Confirmed in Florida Cow

USDA confirmed an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a six year-old mixed-breed beef cow in Florida this August. Industry leaders say this shows how well the U.S. surveillance program works.


9. Refine Your Deworming Program

Advice to seek professional help with might seem presumptuous, but for your parasite-control program, expert guidance could pay off with better health, weight gains and returns on your input investments.

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8. Jared Wareham: The Ranch Horse is Not Obsolete

New technology can’t replace the legacy and necessity of the ranch horse. On the King Ranch, maintaining that prized remuda of mares is as important as spring rain.


7. Four Ways To Gather Cattle In A Pasture And Start Good Movement

A lot of ranchers have trouble gathering their cattle; that is, it takes a lot of riders multiple days and they still end up short. If done properly, however, one or two people can gather even large pastures in one day and miss none.


6. Get Your BQA Certification Now—Some Packers To Require It in 2019

Several beef packers will require Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification from fed cattle suppliers, starting Jan. 1, 2019. Leaders from Tyson and Cargill say this effort is driven by beef retailers and consumers, who are asking for more information about how cattle are raised.


5. Five Wisdoms that Rule the Herd

It’s been a long few months of contention—the country, the checkoff and the weather. It’s time to get back to what we all love—watching new calves born, feeding the first few loads of corn silage, and seeing your kids racing to pull on muck boots to help with the chores. Here are five rules of wisdom we all need to be reminded of.


4. Controversy in Texas Over Cattle Fever Tick Spray Box Shut Down

A decision by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to halt the operation of spray boxes utilized to prevent to the spread of Cattle Fever Ticks is getting pushback from other government officials and cattlemen.


3. Removal of Wolf Pack Authorized in Washington After 16 Cattle Attacks

After 16 separate attacks on livestock, wildlife officials in Washington have approved the lethal removal of the two remaining wolves in the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack.


2. Dire Forage Situation in Nine of the Top 10 Cow-Calf States

Long-term precipitation deficits, going back to summer of 2017 have made the hay supply situation even worse, as supplies were already short.


1. Anger Over Anaplasmosis

Despite using the recommended antibiotic-mineral mix with a VFD to prevent anaplasmosis infections, manager Jason Lewis says the Division Ranch, Strong City, Kan., lost 13 cows last year to the disease.

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87 more cases of salmonella linked to recalled beef – WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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  1. 87 more cases of salmonella linked to recalled beef  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
  2. Beef recall expands due to Salmonella
  3. JBS Tolleson Beef Recall Expands  9&10 News
  4. Recalled ground beef sickening more people  WILX-TV
  5. 12 Million pounds of Salmonella tainted beef recalled
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1 year after 'Stormy the Cow' escapes, no live nativity scene at Old City church – KTRK-TV


It was right around this time last year that ‘Stormy’ the cow broke free from a live nativity at a Pennsylvania church.
But this year, the congregation is doing something different.

A refugee tent now stands at Old First Reformed United Church of Christ in Old City.

The church says it wants to highlight today’s immigration issues.

Last year, the church was criticized over the proper treatment of animals when ‘Stormy’ escaped.

If you’ve forgotten about ‘Stormy,’ let’s refresh your memory.

It was around 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, when ‘Stormy’ made her escape from the church.

Police received calls of a cow walking on I-95.

Pennsylvania State Police, Philadelphia police, and animal control worked to corral her.

One of the state troopers who responded to the scene owned a horse and cattle ranch in South Jersey and knew how to handle the situation. They put a lead rope on the cow and walked her to a nearby parking lot with police vehicles in tow to shepherd ‘Stormy’ in the right direction.

From the lot, she was taken back to the church where she returned to her friends in the live nativity scene.

But ‘Stormy’s’ journey did not end there! She made her second escape around 6:20 a.m.

At first, she got out into the churchyard and remained near the enclosure. However, moments later, ‘Stormy’ made her way onto the street right in front of the ABC News crew.

Reverend Michael Caine tried to urge the 1,500 pound ‘Stormy’ back into the yard, as ABC News reporter Katherine Scott called 911. Photographer Chuck Purnell alerted drivers of the cow in the roadway.

‘Stormy,’ a 7.5-year-old Hereford, then turned off one street and onto another.

The cow then made her way to the upper level of a parking garage where she was eventually cornered and returned back to the church.

Reverend Caine told ABC at the time that people had expressed concern about the animals being in the cold. Caine said the nativity scene has been part of the church since 1973.

He said there was a farmer on hand who cared for the animals and a veterinarian tech worked with them, as well.

After her escapades, ‘Stormy’ was returned to the church, but then taken back to Manatawna Farm in Roxborough.

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VIDEO: Rare Cow Born on Big Island – Big Island Now

A rare Lakenvelder dairy cow was born on the Big Island of Hawai‘i on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

A video posted on YouTube by Jonathan Wright shows the baby calf resting in Kea‘au.

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VIDEO: Dutch Belted Lakenvelder baby calf resting in Kea‘au.VC: Jonathan Wright 

“The Dutch Belted breed is, according to records, the only belted breed of cattle tracing back directly to the original belted or “canvassed” cattle which were described in Switzerland and Austria,” according to the Oklahoma State University Animal Sciences Department. “These “Gurtenvieh” were evidently moved by Dutch nobility from the mountain farms of Canton Appenzell and Tyrol Mountains during or soon after the feudal period.

The Dutch were very protective of their belted cattle and would generally not part with them. They were highly prized for their milking and fattening abilities. The breed began to flourish in Holland around 1750. (This historical account is found in Professor Raymond Becker’s book, Dairy Cattle Breeds: Origin and Development.)

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Cows shot with crossbow in Miami County worth $10K each – Springfield News Sun

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m.

One of two pregnant cows shot with a crossbow died and a second might not make it.

“Why anyone would consider doing this is just unfathomable,” owner Dixie Albaugh told News Center 7’s Kate Bartley.

Albaugh said the animals are worth about $10,000 each.

“It’s not just cattle we’re talking about here. These are special cows bred for years to get what you want,” she said.

 >> News Center 7 reporter, anchor Kate Bartley’s top 5 stories from 2018

Albaugh’s family has lived on the property for 130 years, so long the road bears the family name.

“Just so sad for the person who thought that they had to do something like this. It’s just … it’s wicked,” said Albaugh, who described the cows as more like pets to her family, which is determined to find out who hurt them.

The cows were found shot by Albaugh’s son while they were in a pasture across the street from their house.

“He looked and saw that there were arrows sticking out of their sides,” she said.

One of the cows, Callie, had to be euthanized due to her injuries; her unborn calf also did not survive. Callie’s mother, Cory, has survived so far.

“She is eating and she does get up, which is a really good sign,” Albaugh said.

However, the tip of the arrow is still inside her, and owners may take her to the Ohio State University’s veterinary clinic for specialized care.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, and the Albaughs are hoping they can lift fingerprints off the arrows they took as evidence.

“We’re hoping to figure out who did this. These are expensive cows to be going around shooting randomly,” said Chief Deputy Steve Lord.


One cow has died and another injured after being shot with arrows near West Milton in Miami County.

Records: Dayton police arrest man on murder charge

Deputies found a cow down in the field upon arrival to the 5000 block of Albaugh Road Saturday around 12:45 p.m. It died shortly after, according to an incident report.

The owner was able to remove a second arrow from another cow. The arrows were taken as evidence.

There are no suspects but it’s believed the cows were shot from a vehicle parked on the roadway Friday night or Saturday morning.

Deputies ask anyone with information to help investigators to call the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. 

We will update this story as additional information becomes available. 

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Cow rescued from large sinkhole – WYMT News

LINCOLN COUNTY, KY. (WKYT/WYMT) A cow is safe after it fell into a sinkhole that was nearly 20-feet deep.

It happened Saturday in Lincoln County.

Multiple agencies worked together to rescue the cow.

They used backhoes to create a hole safe enough to dig the cow out and lift it to safety.

Firefighters said the animal did not appear to be injured. It will spend a few days resting before getting back to the fields.

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