Peopling the Plains

If you have a serious interest in the history of Kansas, particularly its settlement, here’s a book you’ll probably refer to again and again. Peopling the Plains: Who Settled Where in Frontier Kansas by James Shortridge breaks the history of Kansas settlement into four time frames, each one shifting the focus to a different part…

English Longhorn

One of the first specialized beef breeds in the world, the English Longhorn is now extremely rare.

Carneiro: The Sheep Town

One of the little dead towns of Kansas, just 12 miles east of Ellsworth, bears the name Carneiro (pronounced, “kahr-NAIR-oh”).  Interestingly, the name is Portuguese, not a very common language for place-names in this state, and it means, “sheep” or “mutton.” Now if there is one type of livestock Kansas is typically associated with, it…

3 Money-Saving Tips for the Farm

It’s very easy to get carried away in our farm spending.  It seems that there’s always some handy tool or machine that would make life a little easier, and there’s always a steady stream of things needing to be repaired. If you’re ready to rein in the spending a little bit, here are a few…

Insects in Kansas

If you spend time outdoors, you come into contact with quite a few insects and other creepy-crawlies: Bees. Ants. Flies. Spiders. Termites. Cockroaches. Earwigs. Crickets. Spiders. On a more pleasant note, there are also butterflies and helpful garden friends such as praying mantises. If bugs fascinate you or someone in your family, you may appreciate…

Dutch Belted

This sweet, hardy dairy cow may be best known for looks, but it is well suited to serious pasture-based dairying.

Poultry Predator Patrol

Predators are one of the most frustrating problems related to poultry-keeping.  Many times, you never even see the culprit, just the damage it did.  Coyotes, raccoons, possums, hawks, and owls all take their toll on the flock, but what can you do about it? First of all, remember that prevention is the best cure.  If…

Getting Your First Horse

You or your children have always wanted a horse or pony, and now that you have a home in the country the time is right to buy one. But before you purchase your first horse, some preliminary research is in order. Getting Your First Horse by Judith Dutson is a great place to start. This…

Devon

The Devon, affectionately called the “Red Ruby” or the North Devon to distinguish it from the unrelated South Devon breed, presents the same historical dilemma as so many other ancient breeds of cattle do: Where did it come from? Was it brought to England by the Phoenicians, the Celts, the Saxons, or the Vikings? All…