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 →
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 →
It was a sad time, yet a beautiful day for the fourth annual Thomas K. Reed Memorial Ranch Rodeo recently at Council Grove.
Thomas K. Reed of Allen passed away from a ranch horse accident in the spring of 2009, and each fall since then, a ranch rodeo has been hosted in his memory. Continue reading →
Whatever work there is on the ranch, this cowboy can get it done.
Proof came when Grady Gibb of Strong City was honored as “All-Around Cowboy” at the Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo in Medicine Lodge.
“It’s really a big deal to me. There were lots of good cowboys there from all over the country,” Gibb admitted humbly in his cowboy-way. Continue reading →
An explosion is set for Baldwin City.
However, it’ll be in a good sense of the word as the Douglas County community’s population swells, seemingly almost like there’s been a detonation.
“We anticipate attendance of nearly 40,000 people for this year’s Maple Leaf Festival,” clarified Sharon Vesecky of the event’s publicity committee. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
Heroes help make recovery from disaster possible.
Harveyville, Kansas, was stricken by tragedy when a February 28, 2012, tornado destructed the rural Wabaunsee County community, leaving one citizen dead.
But, within seconds of devastation, assistance arrived from unbeknownst and has continued coming until much of the town’s damage has been restored. Continue reading →
“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 →
It’s time for a celebration at the “Little Town on the Prairie.” That’s the 125th anniversary for Alta Vista, Kansas.
While many rural Kansas communities started earlier, and at about the same time, no longer exist, Alta Vista continues with stable population, an active business district and the always-critical schools. Continue reading →