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Quiet Wean; a stress free approach – by Lane Conderman

 Posted on December 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

The conventional method of weaning calves consists of taking them away from the mother, the calf’s main source of food and company. Separating the mother and the calf causes stress to both animals. One way to improve the process is to use the “Quiet Wean” technique. First, insert a flap into the calf’s nose. This allows the calf to stay with its mother but it does not allow the calf

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  • Farming in or near the arctic circle – is it possible?

     Posted on December 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Trevor Anthony

    Have you ever thought about what people near or in the Arctic Circle eat, other than fish? They actually eat anything that they can farm or get from other places. People near the Arctic Circle can grow vegetables like spinach, kale and peppers. Many people in the Arctic are starting to expand their diet by importing fruits and vegetables, growing plants in greenhouses and farming outside. For more on this

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  • Forestry and crops; needed to survive

     Posted on December 13, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Louie Lovelace

    Plants. Without them, life on this planet would not exist, or at least not the kind of life that we are familiar with. Plants take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, which is what we breath, and they are the base organism of many food webs, including our own. My supervised agricultural experience [SAE] involves the planting and harvesting of crops, including corn, soybeans and wheat, and the planting and

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  • The ins-and-outs of raising chickens

     Posted on December 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Amanda Hogarth

    For my Supervised Agricultural Experience [SAE] I raise chickens to sell at the Lincoln County Fair. Raising an everyday household pet, such as a dog or cat, may be fun and easy but raising chickens is an entirely different experience. I have to purchase little baby chicks and raise them up to be fantastic show chickens. These chicks take about two weeks to reach the molting stage. When the molting

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  • Chili Supper and Labor Auction raises over $6K

     Posted on December 13, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Sheyana Curtis

    Nov. 19 marked a special day for the Elsberry FFA Chapter as the annual Labor Auction and Chili Supper was provided to all welcomed guests. This year the Labor Auction had a few of its very own remarkable moments and even record breaking highs. The eventful night started off with a chili supper consisting of various chili’s provided by FFA members who were entered in the chili cook-off. This year

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  • Elsberry FFA Member SPOTLIGHT

     Posted on December 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Mandy Horne

    Position: Elsberry FFA Jr. President Parents: Helen McDonald and Doug Horne FFA Chapter: Elsberry FFA FFA Advisors: Jason Vandivort,  George Nieters, and Mike McCrory How are you involved in agriculture? I am involved in agriculture by showing and raising lambs.  I have my lambs at the school barn.  At my home, I have horses and have woods for wildlife.  I hunt during deer season in my woods and also have

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  • Is the “Dust Bowl” returning?, by Carolyn Wehmeyer of the Elsberry FFA

     Posted on December 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Dust Bowl Burns Documentary

    Everyone has heard of the “Dust Bowl” at one time or another, the drought leading up to it and the dirt and dust whipping around in homes and through towns. That era was a terrible  time for those in the Midwest and beyond. Although we have not had conditions that intense since the 1930s, some states in the Midwest may be close to reliving that terrible depression. Primarily in Texas

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