Controversy, Government Paperwork Delays Keep Horse Processing On Hold

“Is there a horse processing plant in operation?”

The question remains on the tongues of many as stories have been surfacing for months, actually more than two years, that a horse slaughter facility would again open in the United States.

Reports of higher prices being paid for “low end horses” at local auction facilities have brought added speculation that there was a processing plant in operation. Continue reading →

Historic Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Education Center At Matfield Green Sets Weekend Events

One of the oldest and most picturesque ranch headquarters in the world is planning its annual fall celebration this weekend.

“Pioneer Bluffs is the ranch started in 1859 when Charles Rogler settled on Flint Hills grassland near what is now Matfield Green in Chase County. The headquarters with a dozen vintage ranch buildings have been preserved as a National Historic Landmark, and are a nationally renowned and respected heritage education center,” according to Lynn Smith, who serves as executive director. Continue reading →

Entertainment For The Whole Family At Holton’s Old Fashioned Fun Day, Ranch Rodeo Saturday

There’ll be old fashioned fun for all Saturday at the Northeast Kansas Heritage Complex located just west of Highway 75, and 214 Road, south of Holton.

“It time for the fourth annual ranch rodeo and a full array of family entertainment sponsored by the Jackson County Fair Association, October 5, with gates opening at 11 o’clock, and festivities getting underway at 12:30,” announced Deb Dillner, official of the fair organization, sponsoring the Old Fashioned Fun Day. Continue reading →

Early Risers Get More Done

“Early to bed, early to rise makes a cowboy healthy, wealthy and wise.”

That old saying isn’t completely true, but there’s still worth in the philosophy. It does seem: “The early bird gets the worm.”

Farmers and ranchers of an earlier day typically were up and outside milking cows, or riding their horse to a pasture far from headquarters, to be ready to go with “real work” at daylight. Continue reading →