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The cow spa is open for business

4/3/21

Clipping cows means warm weather is near. Cow clipping is an annual ritual at Miles Smith Farm. Scottish Highlander cattle grow thick, rich coats...

A jet-setting adventure for a pup

3/29/21

For the last few months, I’ve watched “The Dog Whisperer” on the National Geographic channel and read all of Cesar Milan’s dog-training books...

Hanging out with the bro-vines

3/17/21

Topper, the black Highlander steer, was standing at the gate to the steers’ field, wanting in. He waited patiently until I noticed him and let him...

The pat, pat, pat of feet got louder as the duck came from behind. Even though I expected it, his pecking on my calf made me jump. Not deterred...

Cupid’s arrow has stuck on the farm

2/24/21

Last week, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, Topper, a 1,400-pound, black Highlander steer, posed for hours next to a sleigh covered with red...

The last time I saw Stash, he was standing at the gate, looking through the slats at me. I walked over, reached out, and popped an apple into his...

Feeding cattle extra tricky in winter

2/8/21

March 20 is the first day of spring, but my winter ends whenever the spring grass is ready for my cattle to eat. The trick is to keep them fed...

Talking to animals with body language

1/30/21

Why do we use voice commands like “sit” and “stay” to teach dogs? Because we are humans, and we like to communicate with words. So, we think our...

How to send a message to an ox

1/27/21

Last week I told you how my oxen team, Topper and Stash, almost tumbled down a steep slope while pulling a log out of the woods. As they stood at...

Refresher course needed for ox team

1/20/21

Topper and Stash stood on the edge of a ravine, a 20-foot drop, with a log attached to their yoke. One more step and they’d go over the edge...

All of us, including our pets and livestock, deal with fear. Humans might worry about mortgage payments, an upcoming audit, or severe illness. Our...

It’s easy to know what I don’t want in 2021 – almost everything from 2020. It’s not hard to bash 2020 on the nose and say, “Good riddance!” The...

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