Lester Edmunds provided a corn sled and demonstrated how it cut corn stalks as a Belgian mare was led by Ralph Anderson during the recent Old-Fashioned Corn Harvest demonstration near Alta Vista, Kansas. (Courtesy photo.)
Corn harvest hard work no matter how it's done
By Frank J. Buchman
“Gee. Come on, get along Minnie. Haw. Get around, Molly.”
There was almost a sing in the demand and certainly spryness as Ralph Anderson with beard, flopping straw hat and bibbed overalls provided verbal accompaniment to driving lines as maneuvering his near-four-ton draft horse team.
“Back now. Easy. Watch it Minnie. You know better than that,” the conversation continued when the 75-year-old Council Grove, Kansas, horseman hitched a pair of 14-year-old half-sisters, full-blood Belgian mares to an antique steel wheeled box wagon equipped with a “bang board.”
Several dozen people, which grew to a crowd of about a 100 as the day lengthened, had come to watch the Old-Fashioned Corn Harvest hosted as part of the Ag Heritage Park activities during Old Settlers Day at Alta Vista, Kansas.
Kirby and Calvin Zimmerman, and Matt Easton, directors of the Ag Heritage Park, event coordinators-sponsors, were assisting with demonstrations in the Wabaunsee County corn field of Glen Swartz, Alta Vista farmer-stockman, who has also generously provided his cropland for similar demonstrations in the past.
NEWS & NOTES
NILE Horse Haven plans announced
The Northern International Livestock Exhibition’s two-day horse extravaganza, Horse Haven, will be held this year in the Montana Pavilion of MetraPark, Billings, Montana, on Oct. 17 and 18. Open each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Horse Haven will consist of a variety of horse exhibitions, Stallion Row and equine related trade show booths and exhibits.
Chatfield Stables closure will continue
The Chatfield Stables at Chatfield State Park will remain closed due to recent laboratory test results which indicate the presence of vesicular stomatitus.
UHC meets during AHC's Annual Meeting
The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHU) held its annual meeting June 23, during the American Horse Council’s National Convention and Issues Forum. At the meeting, attendees heard presentations by member organizations including The Jockey Club, The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, The Equine Network, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Trotting Association and the Master of Foxhounds Association. In addition, Janine Jacques, founder of the Equine Rescue Network, explained how her program uses a combination of microchips and social media to track down and locate abandoned, neglected, lost, stolen or otherwise “unwanted” horses.
More than a dozen dead horses found in barn
BLACK FOREST, Colo. (AP)—Authorities say a special unit that responds to animal abuse will handle a case involving more than a dozen dead and malnourished horses found in a Colorado barn.
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