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Blog: The future of farming?

Aug 19, 2014

Have I seen the future of farming? Over the weekend, I visited Heritage Belle Farms, a Calhan-area farm run by 29-year-old Katie Belle Miller. She...

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Blog: Taking on the top killer of horses

Aug 15, 2014

I talked with Dr. Clint Unruh, with Colorado Equine Veterinary Services in Peyton, on Thursday. The topic was colic, a term horse owners all know...

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Blog: Invasion of the botfly

Aug 12, 2014

My column on biting flies today did mention another fly threat to horses: the botfly. “These flies,” says Terry Galbreath of Bonny Burn Ranch,...

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Blog: A home for eggs; return of the chicks

Aug 4, 2014

    The question was: What do we do with all these eggs?   My wife and I went on vacation last week in Montana. We took the...

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Steers, swine and 4-H

Jul 7, 2014

Over the weekend I learned about steers and swine.

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“Horseless Horse” and more on 4-H

Jul 15, 2014

My column on 4-H mentioned that 4-H is a lot more than just livestock projects, encompassing subjects from cake decorating to shooting sports...

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Exploring the link between women and horses

Jul 22, 2014

Sure, there’s a long history of cowboys and their reliable steeds, but it seems like women and horses share a special bond. My wife and daughter...

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Freedom for one bird, back with the flock for another

Jun 23, 2014

An update on two bird stories. On the day before Memorial Day, our daughter found a baby horned lark hopping down the middle of the road, no mom or...

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More on jacks - rabbits, that is

Jun 3, 2014

My column on jackrabbits spurred some readers to share their memories. Alan Nanninga, who grew up in the 1930s on a farm in northern Kansas, said...

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All for the birds

May 27, 2014

  Monday was all about the birds. The night before, our daughter had found a baby bird walking down the dirt road near our house. She brought...

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Two goats without a house

May 22, 2014

We did not get rain or hail in our neighborhood in the Falcon area Wednesday, but we did get a burst of wind that destroyed our goat shelter. (My...

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What to do when the cows come home - to your home

May 6, 2014

I talked Monday with Chris Whitney, the state brand commissioner, about Colorado’s fence law.  Essentially, what that law says is that...

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Meeting the minis: Checking out pint-sized goats

Apr 23, 2014

Tuesday was all about the goats. In the morning, I visited the Colorado Springs home of Monycka Snowbird, whose backyard menagerie includes...

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A mule's shocking end

Apr 21, 2014

My column last week on mules stirred memories for reader Marvin Maul, a retired veterinarian. He shared via email this story of his exposure to...

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Entering mule country

Apr 10, 2014

I paid a visit to the ranch of Linda and Charles Geist in eastern El Paso County this week  to meet their mules. Linda is president of the Pikes...

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Windmill enthusiasts coming to Colorado

Apr 1, 2014

I started looking into windmills for my next Country Life column and found out that Calhan will be Windmill Central in June. The 26th annual...

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Powers Ranch auction on Saturday

Mar 17, 2014

In November, I wrote about the end of an era at the Powers Ranch east of Colorado Springs. The late Ray Powers moved his Powers Dairy there in the...

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Some egg-stremely helpful advice

Mar 12, 2014

Who knew? Reader Terry Galbreath  (I wrote about his Bonny Burn Ranch near Calhan a while back) commented on this week’s column on raising...

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Baby chick season is here

Mar 6, 2014

Baby chick season is underway. The Big R store in Falcon received its first shipment of chicks on Wednesday. I asked Jessica Metts, an employee in...

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Dinosaur poo? Maybe not

Feb 26, 2014

Early this month, I wrote about Terry and Healther Galbreath and their Bonny Burn Ranch near Calhan. I mentioned that Terry gave me a piece of...

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Colorado Springs Horseman's Day - and mules, too

Feb 24, 2014

I dropped in on Colorado Springs Horseman’s Day on Saturday. While I didn’t hear Temple Grandin’s presentation, I did see her....

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The safety of propane tanks - will they go boom?

Feb 18, 2014

I talked with Kristin Westman of Apollo Propane in Falcon today about how things are going in terms of the Great Propane Crisis of 2014. More on...

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Chickens and eggs: Back in business

Feb 13, 2014

Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow recently predicted six more weeks of winter. But our chickens have apparently declared an end to winter already....

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Happiness is a full propane tank

Feb 7, 2014

We’ve made an addition to our longtime saying that “Happiness is a full hay barn.” Happiness is also a full propane tank. Apollo Propane warned us...

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Preparing for the cold

Feb 4, 2014

I’m a little freaked about the severe cold predicted for the next couple of days. And I feel bad for the outside animals. But the horse and...

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Jackrabbit for dinner? Maybe not

Jan 30, 2014

Jackrabbits sometimes hang out in our pasture and it’s always interesting to see them race across the field; with their giant ears and back...

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50 pounds of manure a day? Not all agree

Jan 17, 2014

So how much poop DOES a horse produce? In my column on manure management,  which appeared in Tuesday’s Gazette, I stated that the average...

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A bunch of manure

Jan 13, 2014

When you have as many animals as we do, you have to deal with a lot of doo-doo. There’s chicken poop. Rabbit poop. Goat poop. Guinea pig...

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The big R (not the store)

Sep 10, 2013

The new Country Life column is posted here. It’s about my struggle in deciding whether to mow the land around our country...

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Hanging out with the alpacas

Sep 9, 2013

I visited the O’Neill Brothers Alpaca Ranch over the weekend; it’s in Falcon, just a couple of miles from my home. The ranch is home to...

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A new day dawns

Sep 6, 2013

Here’s one advantage to life in the country: Some pretty spectacular sunrises. (The wide-open spaces make for some swell sunsets as well.)

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A rooster remedy

Sep 5, 2013

My The Country Life column kicked off the other day with a column on why roosters crow and, what, if anything, can be done to keep them from...

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Bill Radford and his wife live on 5 acres east of Colorado Springs with three horses, two goats, a half-dozen chickens, three dogs, two cats, two rabbits, two guinea pigs and two parrots.