Old Boys have their Playthings as well as young Ones; the Difference is only in the Price. —Benjamin Franklin
One favorite book on Kansas birds is the two-volume work titled Birds in Kansas by Max C. Thompson and Charles Ely. Although these books are no longer entirely up to date (new species are sighted occasionally, and even the old species turn up in new places), Birds in Kansas still has a place on aContinue reading “Birds in Kansas”
Vitamin A, also known as retinol, has an incredible array of functions within the bodies of animals. One of its best-known purposes is to maintain eye health and night vision. However, it is also necessary for healthy teeth, skin, coats, hooves, bones, nerves, kidneys, mucus glands, and adrenal glands. This vitamin is key to theContinue reading “Vitamin A (Retinol)”
Kansas offers a number of fine shades between humid and semi-arid and between fairly warm and somewhat cool.
While most animals can be scored with a simple visual inspection, evaluating a sheep’s condition is a more hands-on process.
…In truth the finest heroes are home-spun, and are more often hidden in obscurity than platformed by public observation. —C.H. Spurgeon
Children love drawing horses! Here’s a book that can guide them through the process in a fun way. The Wonderful Art of Drawing Horses by Barry Stebbing starts with the basics: Shading. Mixing colors. Using shapes to make drawing easier. Then on to a number of discussions on drawing different breeds, markings, gaits, and poses. InterestingContinue reading “The Wonderful Art of Drawing Horses”
America’s most common native swan is the tundra swan (Cygnus columbianus). This magnificent white bird is smaller than a trumpeter swan, its wingspan measuring only six to seven feet. The tundra swan has a few unique characteristics about its face. Its black bill has a somewhat concave slope, while its lores cut across its foreheadContinue reading “Tundra Swan”
While changing the nature of Kansas was not really the goal of the railroad companies, they succeeded nevertheless.
The body condition scoring (BCS) system for swine is very simple and is based on a five-point scale: Emaciated. Ribs, spine, and backbone prominent. Thin. Hips and backbone noticeable to the eye. Ribs can easily be felt with only slight pressure. Normal. Animal’s body is tube-shaped. Hips and backbone can only be felt with firmContinue reading “Body Condition Scoring: Swine”