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Yup, baby 2009 is here. It’s a wonder , ain’t it? Seems like just a few days ago it was Jan 1 of 2008.
I hope you all have a better year than last year and everything you dream and desire, within reason, comes your way!
Happy New Year!
to post about. It snowed some more, the wind blew it around and we got some fresh drifts that I dug out and pushed in piles so the people could drive in and out of here with their cars, easily.
Had some young friends over and down yesterday . We went for a wagon ride with the team and then had a jam session which turned into a card party. Much merriment was had by the youth and the old folks even laffed a time or two.
Got another big bag of extruded soybean today and the fuel man brought me 200 gallons of bulk off road diesel fuel. $1.81 a gallon. Quite a change. Of course, there is no tax on it which adds 44 cents to the over the road fuel. Still costs more than harnessing up the team and feeding with them, tho’ they don’t work very good at moving snow!
Sounds like I will catch a ride into town with a neighbor lady on New Years eve and Cindy and I will go to Deadwood for a bit and gamble a little, eat some food and call it a night. Kids will have a party here that evening and also the next day. shot trap with shot guns. They tried to shoot trap last year in the dark and even tried to figure out a way to light up the trap with diesel fuel some way but it wouldn’t stay lit. Seems they have a new plan this year!
Og are you reading this and have any ideas? Anyone have any idea’s
Shooting flaming clay pigeons. What a way to ring in the New Year!
Wind and snow! Winter is here again! Oh well, we’ve turned the corner and the days will all get more sunlight now until June 21!
WooHoo, come on sunshine!
We were supposed to have a jam session today but the weather messed it up. Maybe another day!
From this jolly old elf!
Got this in an email andf thought it was worth passing on!
Issue Date: December 15, 2008 | Issue 51 | Volume 80
Truck still has to haul the cows (commentary)
By TRENT LOOS*
*Trent Loos is a rancher, host of the “Loos Tales” radio show, public speaker and founder of Faces of Agriculture, which puts the human element back into food production. Find out more at www.FacesOfAg.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
THERE has been yet another attack on cows, and this time, it was in a front-page article in The New York Times titled, “As more eat meat, a bid to cut emissions.”
The premise of the article was nothing new, which was basically that of how meat consumption is contributing more to global warming than transportation.
When I heard about the article, I was out on the road driving my 2004 one-ton pickup with plans to check the oil at the next fuel-up. Upon seeing all the junk under the hood of a vehicle these days, I determined that a little research was in order.
The first pickup I owned was a 1982 GMC half-ton that I bought new. It got 12 miles to the gallon, about the same as my 2004 pickup does.
I called my dad to ask what the first vehicle he purchased was, and he told me it was a new Chevrolet Malibu in 1964, for which he paid $2,650. He remembers it getting close to 20 mpg.
A recent advertisement said the 2008 Chevy Malibu starts at $19,995, and if you have the midsized motor, you can expect 19 mpg in city driving.
So, tell me, what do all of those wires and computer sensors actually accomplish for us under the hood of these new vehicles? Why, in the past 44 years, have the science and technology invested in the automobile industry not accomplished one darn thing for me or the planet, with the exception of electric windows and more cup holders? More importantly, why does it cost eight times as much to buy a vehicle today than it did 44 years ago?
On the other side of the equation, look at what we have been able to accomplish with the beef cow thanks to science and technology.
In 2004, Dr. Thomas Elam and Dr. Rodney Preston released a report showing that through a combination of research, technology and innovation, the U.S. beef cattle industry has increased beef production per head of cattle by more than 80%.
The two beef industry scientists, who recently wrote a white paper on 50 years of beef technology, said total beef production has doubled — from 13.2 billion to about 27 billion pounds — with a national cattle herd that’s about the same size today as it was in 1955.
In laymen’s terms, that means that we generate the same amount of total beef with 90 million head of cattle that would have required 180 million head just 50 years ago. Fewer resources are now used to provide food, fuel, fiber and pharmaceuticals for an ever-increasing population.
What about the dairy industry? Even greater results have occurred in that arena.
Alvaro Garcia, dairy nutritionist with South Dakota State University, and Jim Linn of the University of Minnesota released a report indicating that today’s dairy herd emits 30% less methane yet produces twice as much total milk as the dairy herd did in 1924. The production of each gallon of milk today results in one-third of the methane that it took to produce a gallon of milk 80 years ago.
Dr. Dale Bauman and colleagues at Cornell University have looked at greenhouse gas emissions and found that 63% less carbon per unit of food produced is emitted today than in 1945.
A complete history of the cost of living for an average citizen of Morris County, N.J., which can be found online, shows that in 1964 — the year my dad’s car cost $2,650, incidentally — ground chuck cost 69 cents/lb. Today, ground chuck costs residents there $3.59/lb. What about milk? In 1964, the average cost of milk was 95 cents/gal., and in 2008, the cost is about $3.50/gal.
So, the bottom line is that meat costs five times more and milk only three-and-a-half times more than in 1964, while the car is eight times more expensive. Meanwhile, cows are using only half of the resources they did in 1964, but cars are still guzzling about the same amount of gas.
I hate to point out the obvious, but one of the above-mentioned industries is showing up regularly at our nation’s capitol with their hands out asking for a bailout.
Meanwhile, the U.S. livestock industry continues to find new ways of staying alive in an economic climate in which no other industry would even try to survive.
It all makes me wonder: If the automobile industry had made the same improvement in fuel efficiency that U.S. agriculture did with the cow, maybe it would not be in this predicament. The greatest irony is that I am now forced to use my inefficient vehicle to haul my efficient cows around the country.
Larry Delver VM Agriculture Consulting Ltd. Box 11, Site 20, RR9, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2J 5G5 Telephone: (403) 873- Cellphone: (403) 605-
Yup, gettin’ plumb Christmasy around here. Tyler is home and sleeping on the couch (for probably the last time, pretty much) I suppose when he is a priest we will have to let him have a room, huh? 🙂
Gramma and Hope have got Christmas stuff hung and scattered around. Mother Nature helped with a white Christmas, tho being a rancher I always enjoyed the brown ones!
I hung the jingle bells on the harness for the team the other day tho truth be told I haven’t used them since. Used the tractor the last couple days to feed and as it has warmed up and the wind isn’t blowing a tear the cows can go graze and eat their extruded soybean. (44% protein and 12% fat) They really don’t need any hay. I might take the team and feed them on Christmas day as all the kids but Tyler have plans somewhere else and Gramma has to work until 2 that day and also Christmas Eve.
By the way, music starts at about 3:30 Christmas Eve and Church at 4:30 at St Anthony’s at Red Owl. If your in the neighborhood, feel free to drop in. We’d all love to have you. We always need more voices to help sing! And our new priest Fr Marchin is a dandy! He’s originally from Poland and sharp as a tack and gives a great talk every week. (Well, every week he’s been able to come. The weather has cause cancellation the past two week ends!)
If I didn’t tell you before, I hope you and yours have a blessed Christmas!
It’s about the presence, not the presents! 🙂
I got this in an email from Linda. Thought I ought to share it. Sorry, no Sunday still from me. I guess I didn’t think to take any pictures of the food we ate. I might get one up later.
WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT?
(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their
own. They like other people’s.
A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!
Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see
them. They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they
drive us to the shops and give us money.
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves
They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why
we shouldn’t step on ‘cracks.’
They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’
Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandparents don’t have to be smart.
They have to answer questions like ‘Why isn’t God married?’ and ‘How come
dogs chase cats?’
When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the
same story over again.
Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have
television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with
They know we should have snack time before bed time, and they say prayers
with us and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.
A 6-YEAR-OLD WAS ASKED WHERE HIS GRANDMA LIVED. ”OH,” HE SAID, ”SHE
LIVES AT THE AIRPORT, AND WHEN WE WANT HER, WE JUST GO GET HER. THEN WHEN
WE’RE DONE HAVING HER VISIT, WE TAKE HER BACK TO THE AIRPORT.”
GRANDPA IS THE SMARTEST MAN ON EARTH! HE TEACHES ME GOOD THINGS, BUT I
DON’T GET TO SEE HIM ENOUGH TO GET AS SMART AS HIM!
It’s funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their
I got this from 3 Collies at North View Diary. Not even sure if I did it right. I’ve never done one of these before. But I seen Lou Bob did it and hells bells, if she can do it so can I! 🙂
Something about the fith folder and the fith picture or maybe it was the sixth folder and the sixth picture. Anyway, this is what I found.
This is Spike Cindy’s ferocious attack dog. He’s a Rottweiller, but they forgot and stuck him in the package of a Yorky! He’s very defensive and always asserting is dominance around here and proecting his mistress from all kinds of demons and dragons! Unfortunately, most of us just ignore him
By the way, anyone know what meme mean????
Supposed to get cold and windy this afternoon and tonight and stay colds for several days. Highs of -5 on Sunday. Tyler will be traveling home then, so please all keep him in your prayers.
Rode into town yesterday with a neighbor who needed to go pick up a few things. Had a good visit. Bought some insulated pants I am trying out today. Probably won’t take them off for a week by the sounds of the weather!
CAUTION; RANT TO FOLLOW. IF YOU ARE NOT AMUSED BY RANTINGS, PLEASE AVOID THIS !
Setting here in front of me on my desk, is a package of a product called Little Hotties, a hand/body warming device. Evidently, you shake it and it warms up and you can keep it in your pocket or wherever you think you need to warm up, I guess. No problem.
But down in the corner it say’s “100% Wind Power”.
You know me, I can’t seem to make the co-relation between wind power and hand warmer. So I take up this little bag and start reading it. On the back is a spiel that this product is made by a company that is “committed to decreasing our environmental impact on earth!”
Furthermore, this wonderful company has gone so far as to “purchase enough wind power to account for all electricity used while manufacturing the product” in said package!
Imagine! A company so responsible and upright that they go to all the effort to buy up an equal amount of wind power to offset the electricity they are using to manufacture a product to sell.
Yeah, outstanding in their hypocritical bullshit pile!
Listen people, you can’t just go do something good to offset all the bad you do, to ease your conscious and call it good. Oh I guess you can, but you are still an evil puke, and no amount of good works by you will make you better. It doesn’t work that way. You can’t buy your way into heaven! Change, you have to change for the better, first.
This company is no better than the Mob Boss who gives to the poor in his neighborhood, to assuage his guilt for all the pain and misery he is subjecting the world to, by his and his associates deeds, where ever they send their goons to make the money they give a small part of, back to their community . Or at least they are on the same scale.
I have no problem with a company using electricity. But if they really think it is ruining the earth, they should just shut their company down or better yet, re-tool it into a company that doesn’t use electricity or what ever they are worried about. Buying the same amount of wind power generated electricity doesn’t get them off the hook. They still used the electricity made by what ever means they are finding offensive!
Wind powered electricity still needs all the poles and transmission lines. Plus an ass kicking big windmill that uses lots of that nasty electricity and oil, to build! I got no problem with them. I can’t see how they are hurting our world, other than maybe ruining our view, at times. But lots of man made object do that and these people don’t seem to have much trouble with those, do they? I’d be willing to bet they got no problem with anything that helps them stay fed and warm. Unless some “greenie” points out to them they are ruining the earth by using that product. Then they will come up with a plan to “offset” their use, to make themselves feel better about it.
Hey, every time you start your car or truck and send out emissions, you are putting stuff into the atmosphere that is not probably doing your body any good. Lucky for us it’s a big world in a big solar system that has evolved for years. Hell, they tell me at one time the whole earth was inhospitable to life! So how come we can live here now? Because some greenie figured out how to fix the mess and “clean up the earth”? I don’t think so Timmy!
My point is, any way we generate energy of any kind, is causing some discord or change. That’s what it’s all about. Change. Everything changes. We can’t stop that. Put a windmill up and it is changing the wind, somewhat. And the flight path of birds. And the view. Ask the Kennedy’s why they don’t want windmills off the coast next to their summer homes!
And don’t think I am advocating we go make a mess of the earth, but all you hypocrites who are screaming to “green” everything up, who still drive or ride in automobiles or planes or any other man made means of travel are hypocrites. Go walk, or ride a bike or ride or drive a horse. And don’t scoff at that and then tell me we have to come up with better ways of traveling, when those all have been proven to work efficiently. I can harness up a team and get my cows fed. Can you walk to work or use a team or saddle horse or in any other way get to and do your work without burning oil or electricity? Ever heard of the Amish? Fastest growing segment of farming, I read awhile back.
Face it when we use things mankind has invented, we are burning oil or coal or some other earth bound object or product to manufacture all those cool inventions we have come up with to improve our lives.
Until you are ready to go live in a cave or hide covered tepee and use a bow and arrow you built yourself and wear skins you tan yourself, don’t whine at me about how I should solve the problems the manufacturers of the world have come up with that YOU say is ruining the world. YOU figure out how to solve them with a viable alternative, then we will talk.
In the meantime. Shut the hell up! And quit bragging on what good people you are and sneering at the rest of the people who you look down your nose at, who are probably better people than you anyway!