Winter 2012-2013
Mention the Wisconsin Dells and for most, you'll conjure up visions of countless waterparks, roller coasters, go-kart tracks, zip-lines, golf courses and amphibious scenic tours. Since its founding in the mid-1800s, the Dells has managed to cinch up a reputation for itself as the family-friendly destination. With more hotel rooms (over 8,000) than any other city in Wisconsin, 19 campgrounds boasting of nearly 3,200 campsites, more than 20 indoor water park/water playground properties (qualifying as the highest concentration in the world), the Dells is a veritable utopia for vacationing families, weekenders, tourists and thrill-seekers. This south-central Wisconsin city of 2,600…
Ten years ago Jody Esposito was a top corporate chef/manager in New England, overseeing the private dining room of an insurance company where she routinely produced prime rib, baked stuffed shrimp, Italian dishes and such popular regional favorites as seafood bisque. She also made pastries and other fresh baked goods daily–all from scratch. It was what she had been trained to do in the culinary arts program of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. “I worked on a small cruise ship, at a Providence restaurant, on Cape Cod and at a large country club,” she says of her earlier…
Many livestock owners expressed concern with the drought of 2012. Unfortunately, most of North America was in a similar situation. By early August, hay and grain prices sky-rocketed to record prices. The harvest of first cutting hay in many areas was good, but second cutting was non-existent. Farmers harvested what second crop hay was available with hopes that a third cutting harvest would be brought on by rain in early August. Regardless, hay inventories across North America are low. There are some key strategies that will help you through the dry times. Unfortunately, it is too late for this year…
As I write this story, autumn is here with one of its blazes of color and old Jack Frost is busy changing the once green landscape to shades of brown. It soon will be winter when the countryside will lie for a while under a blanket of snow and you, in turn, may be reading what I write here. Back when I was growing up, in the late twenties and thirties, the colorful autumn days were spent on the farm harvesting the last of the crops. The lofts of the big barns were full of hay which had been placed…
Based on the cycles of the past we are about due for yet another bee epidemic. Every few years it seems that a problem raises its ugly head among our bees and threatens their viability. If it is not Varroa mites, or tracheal mites, it’s small hive beetles or any number of bacterial pathogens or fungal diseases. From one source or another, our honey bees are under constant attack and are disease-stressed. Consequently, we have seen the disappearance of most of our wild bee colonies and our domestic bees are also disappearing at an alarming rate. It is hard to…
Disclaimer–This article is intended as general discussion and information on the topic covered, and is not to be construed as rendering legal advice. If legal advice is needed, you should contact an attorney. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of the author. A horse breeder was sued for defamatory Facebook postings and lost where a jury awarded $7,500 in compensatory damages and $60,000 in punitive damages. Social media is a great way to communicate and outlets like Facebook and Twitter provide a means to communicate with a large mass of people…
How often has it been said, nothing succeeds like success. The recent 2S Clydesdale Dispersal Sale, held in Howe, Indiana, on October 26 and 27, was a success–a roaring success. It brought German and Scottish breeders of note, Canadian breeders from five provinces and American Clydesdale breeders from coast-to-coast ring-side. A stellar event, the 2S Clydesdale Dispersal Sale should quiet today's horsemen who preach doom and gloom. The enthusiastic horsemen who attended the 2S Clydesdale Dispersal Sale arrived with one purpose in mind: To capitalize on the wealth of Clydesdale genetics Pat McMahen offered breeders throughout the Clydesdale world. Pat…

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