Bill Radford

Business Editor

  • The Country Life: Helping outside animals survive winter's icy grip

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    The official start of winter is still a few weeks away, but Mother Nature doesn't always pay attention to the calendar - thus the bone-chilling cold that gripped the Pikes Peak region, and much of the nation, last month. Our nighttime temperatures fell below zero, stirring...

  • The Country Life: Turkeys going from Kate's Farm in Black Forest to the dinner table

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    There's fresh - and then there's really fresh. The turkeys that customers ordered from Kate's Farm in Black Forest will be really fresh; they're being processed at a facility in Simla on Tuesday, just two days before they'll be on dinner tables. Their lives have been short - less...

  • Blog: Watching out for the horses

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    The recent case involving more than a dozen dead horses in Black Forest and charges of animal cruelty drew a lot of attention from horse lovers and others. But it’s not the only such case in the area.  A new advocacy group, Horse Advocates of Colorado, has popped up with a...

  • The Country Life: I'm dreaming of an alpaca Christmas

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Looking for something different for holiday gifts this year? I'm thinking of making it a largely alpaca-themed Christmas, with this weekend's ninth annual Alpaca Holiday Extravaganza in Black Forest providing one-stop shopping. There will be a variety of apparel and other products...

  • The Country Life: Eeek! It's a (dead, stinky) mouse in the house

    Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    We try to have a live-and-let-live philosophy at our country abode. But when mouse droppings started to show up in cabinets and under the oven, we decided it was time to do something about our mouse problem. So my wife, Margaret, set out poison behind the oven. Big mistake. Because...

  • Blog: Goats and "the rod of shame"

    Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    Robert Christie, who saw my Tuesday column on goat fencing, emailed me with a different solution: instead of altering the fence to keep the goat from getting its head stuck, alter the goat. He sent me this picture of a goat with “the rod of shame” taped to its horns.  “PVC’s...

  • The Country Life: Stuck head provides a lesson in what not to get for goat fencing

    Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Perhaps I should have Googled "goat fencing" before I bought the fencing. Our fencing that formed the goat pen - wire mesh known as field fencing that we had attached to T-posts - was looking pretty sad. Goats trying to push their way out had taken a toll, as well as horses pushing...

  • The Country Life: Colorado rancher opens door to farming's past with annual event

    Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    On Sunday morning, I walked through a door into the past - and, boy, was it noisy back then. The 1916 Case steam engine was running, with a chug-chug-chug, as was the vintage, belt-driven separator that the engine was powering. Bundles of oats were being loaded into the separator....

  • Blog: More on the issue of cruelty to animals

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Tuesday’s Country Life column on cruelty to animals and whether there’s a distinction made between pets and farm animals sparked plenty of comments and debate. First up, I heard from Karl Seifert, the reader who had called me with concerns about two horses in Green Mountain Falls...

  • The Country Life: Cruelty to animals - Is there a difference between pets and farm animals?

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    How do you define cruelty to animals? Colorado statutes offer a detailed definition that includes such actions as torturing, tormenting, needlessly mutilating or depriving an animal of "necessary sustenance." But while it seems pretty black and white, the issue, in reality, involves...