Meet Mr. Ed’s horses 1

Meet Mr. Ed's horses
Here are some new pictures of Mr. Ed’s horses . This is Sam. He is a Spotted Draft Horse. Big, handsome with a great personality and work ethic. Sam’s sister Sue is all white. This is “Sweetie”. A little brown mare, she is the newest member of the herd. My friend DJ calls her “Tootsie” ...

FIRE!

FIRE!
It was a long time ago. I was at the age when I liked to help but was probably more in the way than helpful. I was there. I remember it in vivid detail. The fear I felt still gripes me when I think about it today, just as it did back that night in ...

The burdens of brotherhood 1

The burdens of brotherhood
Growing up in a big farm family involves growing through stages. For example, clothing is handed down from older to younger. Theoretically the oldest boy or girl is the luckiest because they get to be first time wearers. I don’t know if that was true in our family as clothing often came from the older ...

Oopsy-daisy 1

Oopsy-daisy
March snow storms are memorable. Just when you think spring is here, Mother Nature snaps you back to reality. Either that or it is just part of the state hockey tournament tradition. Watching the snow swirl around outside this morning reminds me of the March morning that tipped my world upside down and left me ...

Do sheep need amusement too? 1

Do sheep need amusement too?
Males, in the world of livestock, fall into two categories, lucky or unlucky. Without going into great detail, farmers don’t need a one to one ratio of male to female animals to raise more animals. One rooster can enable many hens to produce eggs which can be hatched into new chickens. One good bull is ...

Some thoughts on being a shepherd 1

Some thoughts on being a shepherd
Farming is a waiting game. Time is calibrated with the seasons. There is a time for everything and patience is a necessary virtue. On Mr Ed’s farm, it is lambing season. The first lambs, a nice set of twins, came last Thursday, sometime during the night, without incident. Just the way I like it. Actually, ...

Sometimes you have to be smarter than a pig 1

Sometimes you have to be smarter than a pig
Transporting animals can be tricky business. Anyone who has ever loaded a horse in a trailer for the first time probably has an interesting story to tell. I heard a story the other day about a belligerent horse that refused to be loaded. The horse was owned by a women. Men were trying to get ...

Why I never pursued a career in waste management 2

Why I never pursued a career in waste management
We often ask children what they want to do when they grow up. They have to answer this from limited life experience. Perhaps we should ask “What are you sure you don’t want to do?” Asked this at an early age, I would have had a good start on a list. In hindsight, life on ...

The story of Agnes, the angry bovine 2

The story of Agnes, the angry bovine
Memories are funny things. You never know when one will come flooding back to you. Things that happened a long time ago suddenly vividly reappear, triggered by a smell, sound or sight. Middle age is filled with memory triggers. Walking out of a warm house on a cold winter morning just as the sun is ...

How I met Mrs Ed 4

How I met Mrs Ed
Valentines Day, a day to remember loves lost and love found. Remember fourth grade when boys and girls exchanged valentines and you studied each one looking for some hidden meaning? It’s probably a good thing most people don’t choose their soul mate in 4th grade. It’s like buying a horse because it is cute, beautiful ...