Pretty Pigs Keep Scranton Family Happy, Busy Down On The Farm

There’s lots of color, all with a tint-of-blush to it, at the Pretty Pigs Farm.

“I’ve always really liked pigs. I like them to be colorful, too. All of us are red-haired, so we’ve added Duroc to our breeding program, and most of our hogs have some matching-color to us.”

With obvious enthusiasm, Stephanie Watson talked about the hog operation she and her four children have near Scranton. Continue reading →

Cattle Auction Points To Good Times For Producers And Beef Eaters

The cattle industry is guardedly optimistic, and beef steak lovers should be happy, too.

Despite concerns about drought, high inputs and government intrusion, that was the analysis after the Kniebel Cattle Company/Downey Ranch, Inc., beef cattle seed stock production sale Friday southeast of Manhattan.

“We were really nervous going into the sale, with all of the negatives facing our business,” admitted Barb Downey of the Downey Ranch Angus operation at Wamego. Continue reading →

Chase County Teams Win Ranch Rodeos

Buck Creek-Lonesome Pine Ranches of Chase County dominated ranch rodeo competitions sponsored by the Morris County Youth  Rodeo Association Sunday at the arena east of Council Grove.

In the Youth Ranch Rodeo during the morning, the Buck Creek-Lonesome Pine team of Sammy Jo Peterson, Mackenzie Higgs and Michelle Patry placed first. The threesome won the ribbon roping and placed second in calf branding en route to the championship. Continue reading →

Art, Music, Antique Tractors and More Fun At Pioneer Bluffs Fall Festival

Pioneer Bluffs’ Fall Festival has been listed as one of Kansas Magazine’s 20 Reasons to Love Kansas, and justifiably so as verified by the full slate of activities set for the annual celebration there Saturday, Oct. 6.

“Everybody is welcome to visit Pioneer Bluffs, located just a mile north of Matfield Green, on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway K-177,” invited Lynn Smith, executive director of the historic ranch headquarters listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Continue reading →

Five New Inductees For Kansas Cowboy Hall Of Fame At Dodge City’s Boot Hill Museum

“Cowboy-at-heart” is the real stipulation for balloting, and certainly the most recent inductees into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame are that.

Five honorees were recognized in different categories during special ceremonies Saturday, Sept. 15, as the tenth class to be inducted with permanent displays at the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, according to curator Karen Pankratz. Continue reading →