Merry Christmas 2013

Well, it’s time for us to sign off for the year. We hope to be back early in January with more information and resources, including our ongoing cattle breed guide. May God bless you and yours this Christmas. Meanwhile, in case you are looking for some good winter reading, allow us to make a few…

Charolais

Although no one knows for certain the exact origins of the Charolais (shar-LAY) breed of cattle, it probably originated in the central Burgundy region of France, near the town of Charolles or Charollais. The Romans may have brought it to the area for sacrificial purposes. However, it may have existed in France earlier. The region…

WaKeeney: Christmas City of the High Plains

WaKeeney, Kansas, did not start out as the “Christmas City of the High Plains.”  Its founders, Albert Warren and James Keeney, called it the “Queen City of the Great Plains.”  It was located conveniently along the Kansas Pacific railway, nearly halfway between Kansas City and Denver, and (if Warren and Keeney are to be believed)…

The Weather Wizard’s 5-Year Weather Diary

Update: Unfortunately, this diary appears to be out of print. We now recommend The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook, a beautiful, sturdy four-year journal in full color. The Weather Notebook has room for recording current conditions, temperature, precipitation, wind speed, barometric pressure, humidity, and special weather or personal events. It also includes amazing photography, fascinating…

Brangus

Angus beef quality meets Brahman heat tolerance in this composite breed.

The Story of Sod Corn Jones

The neighbors said it couldn’t be done.  Sod Corn Jones said it could. The Kansas sod was tough—tougher than anything the early settlers had ever seen before, thanks to the thick root system of the tallgrass prairie.  Many an ox team wore itself out dragging a crude plow through the ground, and many a tired…