INTO THE FUTURE The Belgian breed was arguably "modernized" by Korry's Captain. The Percherons had the late M.G.'s Prince. What about the Clydes, you ask? They've had a recent one, too. His name was Armageddon's Lord Elijah. Considering the size of the Clyde population, he may not have had quite as visible an impact on his race as did Captain and Prince, but his influence has been, and remains, significant. Michael and Cheri Moleski of Bronson, Michigan, have been in the Clyde business for a quarter century, registering 131 foals thus far. Their 92-acre farm in south-central Michigan is home…
You are absolutely correct. At this time two new vaccines have been made available to be used in the prevention of West Nile as it occurs in the equine family. During the past several years, a vaccine for this purpose, produced and marketed by Fort Dodge Laboratories, was the only one available for use until the recent introduction of two new West Nile vaccines by Merial and Intervet Laboratories, respectfully. The West Nile Virus is not gone. This past season has seen rising numbers of reported cases, in humans and equines, occurring on the east and west coast regions while…
(Basically from the October, November & December Breeder's Gazettes, the general news of the period, and a livestock-crazy kid's recollection of the 1930s.) The October 1931 Breeder's Gazette was a skinny little fellow-20 pages, counting the cover. Not everybody was broke, but those who weren't didn't go around crowing about it if they had a lick of sense. That would be like telling put-down type jokes about the deceased at his wake. As for the Breeder's Gazette, they were still doing business out of a Dexter Park Avenue, Union Stock Yards address in Chicago. To livestock oriented families that was…
(From the general news of the period and Belgian and Percheron publications of that time) On November 6, 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower was re-elected in a landslide carrying 41 states to 7 carried by Governor Stevenson from Illinois. It was the most lopsided win since FDR's win over Kansas governor Alf Landon in 1936. The combined British, French and Israeli attack on Egypt by seizing the Suez Canal had made some strange temporary allies, namely the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Both offered resolutions in the United Nations to bring the carnage to a quick end. Egypt was being pounded by…
(From the general news of the day and The Draft Horse Journal and breed publications of the time.) On October 6, 1981, a truly great world figure and good friend to this country was assassinated during a military parade in Cairo, Egypt. Anwar el-Sadat fell to a hail of gunfire. He was a true man of peace, which is not easy-especially in that neck of the woods. In 1979, it was he and his counter number, Prime Minister Begin of Israel that had signed on with our president at the time, Jimmy Carter, as broker, creating a deal which came…
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. I wrote about the proposed horse slaughter ban in the Summer 2003 issue of The Draft Horse Journal. Since then much has happened. On September 7, 2006, the United States House of Representatives voted 263-146, to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption by passing the…
How often has it been said, “A good picture is worth a thousand words.” Yet so many photographs taken of the leading horses in each breed do little to promote the animal photographed. In fact many photographs that appear in advertisements turn potential buyers off. This is seldom the photographer’s fault; most often it is the owner’s fault. It takes years to breed, fit, shoe and school a horse for the show ring or the sale arena. These horses speak volumes for the success of a breeding stable or for the reputation of those individuals who buy and sell a…
Yes, Virginia, things have changed. A twenty-something couple I know has occasionally sought my counsel. They are married, both animal science graduates and still seeking direction. He is a typical age boy; strong, honest, has a good work ethic with a background in purebred cattle, fitting, showing and can weld. He’s doing graduate school but keeps busy with his Dodge dually and 20’ Featherlite hauling livestock from purebred sales. She grew up running a few gummer cows with her dad, working at the feedlot processing cattle and weighing grain trucks, president of the FFA and won the team penning three…

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