Winter 2011-2012
Receiving over 80 million foreign visitors each year, France wins the prize as the most visited country on the planet. Many come to experience the art, the cuisine and the culture. Some come for romance or inspiration; others for business (France's economy is the 6th largest in the world). Others still to retrace the steps their fathers made on Omaha or Utah Beach in Normandy, during that famous invasion on June 6, 1944. I recently retraced steps made by both my sire and dam in northern France, but it had nothing to do with WW II or those windswept beachheads,…
July 1, 2011, a ferocious windstorm attacked northern Wisconsin, killing one person, injuring dozens of others, and destroying trees on some 130,000 acres of land. In addition to mountainous piles of brush, the storm left an estimated two million cords of wood on the ground. Volunteers, the National Guard and loggers from the entire region assisted in the cleanup–which still continues. Among those workers is Taylor Johnson of rural Washburn County. He’s a fifth generation logger–the fifth generation to rely on logging as his main source of household income. In the aftermath of the July storm, he removed nine semi-trailers…
Long before Midwestern corn growers ever heard of Funk’s G Hybrid seed corn, farmers in central Illinois knew the offspring of imported European draft horses as simply “Funk’s Colts.” Members of the innovative and influential Illinois Funk family imported and bred so many Percheron horses between 1870 and 1900 that for all practical purposes, they renamed a breed. When Isaac Funk moved from Ohio to central Illinois in 1824, less than half of the state was settled. It was only six years after Illinois statehood and barely 50 years after the American Revolution. Herds of buffalo still grazed the prairie…
I can assume that you have already decided on the breed, genetics and type of horse which you need in a stallion for your herd. Genetics is very important in selecting a stallion and the subject must be studied by the breeder very thoroughly before any selection is made. In most breeds the color of the animal to be chosen is another factor. Equally important is the selection of type which also includes breed characteristics. When I was actively raising foals I was constantly looking for my next stallion that would replace the one I was presently using. Following are…
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. T he rise in the number of divorces is alarming. It is also interesting to note the number of animals, including pets, which are owned or cared for by families. There is nearly one pet for every five Americans. So what happens to your favorite horse–or the…
Sponsors are one of the heavy horse community's most important assets. Many draft horse events would fold without sponsorship, for a lack of funding. It is essential that draft horse breeders and draft horse exhibitors recognize this. Exhibitors, in particular, need to thank event sponsors. In the heat of competition and/or the flush of victory, exhibitors often forget to express words of thanks to a sponsor. Never overlook personal thanks. It is important to you and to your future success. You can deliver thanks in one of two ways. Express thanks verbally. The effort taken, helps to ensure continued sponsor…

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