Bill Radford

Country Life columnist

Bill Radford and his wife live in eastern El Paso County with a menagerie that includes a horse, mule, goats, rabbits and chickens.
  • The Country Life: Treating horses and cows and emus, oh my!

    Yesterday

    Variety is the name of the game at Airway Veterinary Hospital on the east side of Colorado Springs. There are vets who treat cats and dogs, along with other smaller pets. There are vets whose practices center on cattle, horses and other livestock. And there are vets who focus on...

  • The Country Life: Remembering 70-plus years down on the farm

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    I've lived the country life for only a couple of years. Bernice Steinmetz has me beat by seven decades. Steinmetz grew up on a farm - two farms actually - in Colorado. She then spent more than 50 years on farms in western Kansas, married to a farmer/rancher. These days,...

  • Blog: Chicken coop tour is this weekend

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The sixth annual Take a Peak Chicken Coop Tour is Saturday and Sunday. So if you’re thinking of raising chickens, or have chickens but want to see what other owners are doing, here’s a chance to combine some fun with education. For details, go to http://takeapeakcooptour.com. Printed...

  • The Country Life: Saying goodbye to Christmas the goat

    Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    In the final seconds, she fought. Before Christmas the goat would cross that rainbow bridge, before she would go to sleep forever, veterinarian Dr. Gary McEntyre had to administer more than twice the medicine normally needed. Goats, he said, are tough. Caroline Schmalz, a vet tech,...

  • Blog: A barn update: John Wayne WAS there

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    My column this week on the big red barn at Meadow Lake Airport in Falcon mentioned a rumor that John Wayne had been there for a birthday party. Gazette reader Bessie Radspinner says there’s some truth to the rumor. John Wayne WAS there. But not for a birthday party, but a bull sale....

  • Blog: 'The Age of Ultron': The reviews are in

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The reviews are in for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" - and they're not all that positive. Not that that will slow it down at the box office, I'm guessing. Here's a sampling: Jake Coyle, The Associated Press: As a sequel, “Age of Ultron” pushes further into emotionality and...

  • The Country Life: John Wayne or not, barn near Colorado Springs has rich history

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    The distinctive, old red barn on Judge Orr Road next to the Meadow Lake Airport always draws my gaze when I drive by. I have long wondered about the barn's history. So has Jason Blair, the barn's latest owner. He bought it last year and converted it into warehouse space for his...

  • The Country Life: Colorado rancher copies nature to go 'beyond organic'

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Casey Cook takes his cues from nature. Cook is owner of Colorado Sustainable Farms in Calhan - what his website calls "a beyond organic, grass based, sustainable market farm." He raises beef cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys, and in doing so he practices "natural animal husbandry" -...

  • The Country Life: Contrary to reputation, goats are picky eaters

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    If you're a parent, and your children at mealtime used to decorate the high chair and floor with food without getting much in their mouth, then you know what it's like to feed goats. Despite their reputations for eating anything, including tin cans, goats are generally picky eaters....

  • The Country Life: Tracing a barn's 100-year history

    Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    I often drive by the old red barn on Judge Orr Road near the Meadow Lake Airport. And when I do, I wonder about its history. So does Jason Blair, the barn’s current owner. He bought it last year and converted it into warehouse space for his business; he’s done renovations, including a...

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