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Farrow-to-finish 101

Tom Frieler explains


basics of hog operation
By DIANE LEUKAM
Staff Writer

MELROSE Everything
but the oink. Most probably,
Bill and Mary Kerkering knew
the phrase well when they
settled on a 105-acre piece
of land just south of Melrose
over a hundred years ago.

Now, several generations


later, Tom and Barb Frieler
and their sons, Kurt, 25, and
Jacob, 23, run a farrow-to-finish hog operation on that same
land. And if Bill and Mary
could see it now, theyd hardly
recognize the place. Photos of
the farm grace a large wall in
the office of Frieler Farms, including one of Bill standing by

PHOTO BY DIANE LEUKAM

The Frieler family runs a hog operation and feeds out steers on their farm south of Melrose. Pictured
are (from left) Jacob, Kurt, Tom and Barb Frieler.

PHOTO BY DIANE LEUKAM

These young pigs weigh 35 pounds at 6 weeks of age.

a small thatch-roofed building,


the first on the farm. Following in their footsteps, Bill and
Marys daughter, Rita, and her
husband, Al Frieler, took over
the farm, followed in turn by
Tom and Barb.
In honor of Octobers National Pork Month, the Frielers have shared with Country
Acres readers a glimpse into

their operation, where there


they market 7,000 hogs at any
given time.
By todays standards we
are considered a very small
hog farm, said Tom. Nevertheless, its plenty to keep the
family, along with one employee, busy.
While Kurt and Jacob are
busy loading trucks with corn,

Tom begins the tour with the


office, where Barb does the
bookkeeping for the operation.
Then comes the gestation
barn, where pregnant sows
and gilts (females that havent
FRIELERS
continued on page 4

Growing the future

October is Farm
to School Month
By LIZ VOS
Staff Writer

Nearly an hour before students


at Holdingford Schools started shuffling through the lunch line earlier
this month, fresh tomatoes were being sliced and Brussels sprouts were
cleaned and prepped for steaming.
Refrigerator pickles had been gathering flavor from carefully made brine
before being scooped into bowls. Each
of the veggies heading onto lunch trays
were not only delicious they were
also locally grown.
October is National Farm to School
Month, celebrating the connections
between schools and local food. All
across the country, the Farm to School
program is flourishing.
Holdingford is proof of that so
far in this school year students have
enjoyed 80 dozen cobs of sweet corn,
FARM TO SCHOOL
continued on page 6

PHOTO BY LIZ VOS

Foodservice director Melissa Anderson and FFA advisor John Roberts of Holdingford Schools stand in the on-site high hoop
greenhouse where tomatoes and bell peppers are grown for school lunches.

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first, second, third theres so
What a testament to the powmany cousins in my family
er of genetics. Great-grandpa
theres honestly no way one
was born in Dyersville, Iowa,
can know them all. But I enin 1859.His father, greatjoy running into them on ocgreat-grandpa Theodore, Sr.,
casion.
was born on a farm in West That happened the other
phalia, Germany in 1824, emday when I stopped at a gas
igrating with a friend to the
station in Melrose. I saw a by Diane United States in 1850, travquite familiar face and said, Leukam eled to St. Louis by railroad
youve got to be my cousin!
and then up the Mississippi
She replied shed said the same into Iowa. His mother had emigratthing to one of her co-workers when ed from Bavaria, Germany. (The
I walked in. And so it goes. Even Goerdt farm in Germany has been
when you dont know someone re- in the family since before the Refally well, you can see the resem- ormation in the 16th century and is
blance, if not to yourself, maybe to still in operation today.)
an aunt or uncleor even grandpar- And here is Theodore, Jr.s
ent.
great-grandson nearly 160 years lat Some of you will remember in er who could be his double. They
June when we did a story on my have the same features, from facial
cousin, Paul Uphus, about agate structure to body type they even
hunting. I didnt know him overly have a similar mustache. Put a hat
well, though he certainly wasnt a on great-grandpa and you might not
stranger. He had a lot of the same know one from the other.
characteristics of my dad almost
eerily so.
Almost three months later, I had
the opportunity, along with a couple of my sisters, to visit the oldest
sibling on my dads side, Aunt Edwina Dehler in St. Cloud. Id never
visited her home before and it was
a real treat. In her apartment there
were literally dozens of boxes filled As a people watcher, Im always
with family photos, prayer cards, amazed at how strong genetics are
documents, newspaper clippings in many families. From physical reeverything this family historian semblance to mannerisms, and even
could get her hands on. And it was the sound of peoples voices, those
all meticulously organized.
genes dictate more than we proba There were also dozens of photo bly even know. I see it in my grandalbums, stacked neatly in piles ready children every day, especially in my
for us to view. Flipping through one granddaughters. Four of my five
of the albums with my sister, she daughters have a daughter of their
turned the page a little too quickly.
own and each one is the spitting im Turn it back! I said.
age of her mother.
There was a photo of a man Id Im glad there are people like
seen just a few months ago only Aunt Edwina who care enough to
the man was our great-grandfather, keep our history alive. Im glad
Theodore Goerdt, Jr. He bore a there was an old rare photo of a
striking resemblance to the man in farmer, lovingly kept and not just
our agate story, Paul Uphus.
tossed aside. Edwina recently turned
I took a picture of the photo and 93 and still loves what she does. For
couldnt wait to get back to the of- the sake of our enormous family, I
fice because I just knew we had a sure hope someone has inherited her
similar photo of Paul. Sure enough, history-loving genes.
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she wantwhat kind of animal


Traeger knew disposition, be efcient and
AVON Christina
After rea gentle
quality traits.
it had to have
in love with
ed to raise well as have excellent meat
instantly fell
trouble-free, as breeds of cattle, Traeger
breed.
searching many
the British Whitealmost 20 years ago. Today,
Hills TraeThat was
and operates Rolling
Traeger owns Avon. There she raises around
calves,
ger Ranch near
registered cows, ranch
The base
150 head of purebred,
calves and bulls.pasture with an
heifers, feeder
By JENNIFER COYNE
acres all
Staff Writer
pasture.
includes 75 owned
acres of leased popular beef
additional 400
at all the
I was looking they werent going to
are
just knew
RICHMOND There
I
PHOTOS SUBMITTED
and
I wanted some-I
breeds
Ed Theis
Minnesota.
Traeger said.
and
a few things that Sharon,
summer in northern
work for me,
of Glenwood.
safely be around,
he chased last
loves most his wife, of Eden
and lives south
Christina Traeger thing my kids could
at a severe stormStorm Chasers team
trains and the town
a closer look
After lookPlains
time.
this for a long British White cattle for sale. her. British Steven Weishair getsmember of the Northern
Valley.
wanted to do
for
for
ad
the
breed
is the lead
an
For 30-plus years, dilithey were the with white hair and Weishair
Traeger found
has
knew right away
cattle breed
include
Eden Valley native
ing at them, she
polled British
town
The colored points
gently recreated the ruralbuildWhites are a naturallyblack or red points. skin on their backs. They
usually
with more than 200
teats and often entire body.
dark points
nose,
eyelids,
the
scratch
skin on
ings, tractors and locomotives
the ears, feet,
of
to solid black
us pet them and
built from small pieces
can have dappledcame up to us and they let
The cows
later, she
wood.
said.
inter1997. Two yearsherd since.
Ive always had an and
their backs, Traeger
nine head in
her
building
MUSSMAN
tractors
purchased
been
houses,
MISSY
old
has
in
Traeger
By
she
est
breeding,
old buildnine head and
from registered
Staff Writer
cars. When I see an so cool,
bought another cattle are registered or are her daughter, Hailey, 17.
also
All of my
ing, I think, this is resides in
the ranch with
animals and we
The sound
who manages
COYNE
GLENWOODsirens usually
said Ed, who now
said Traeger, heifers and cows for breedingas nished beef.
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER
the town of
Richmond.
We sell bulls, calves to raise or they are sold a grass-fed program. of the tornado into their basein a
spends his time recreating
goes through Grillin Meats.
Delicately placed
sends most people room in their
sell our feeder
tractors, cars and trains.
Ed Theis, of Richmond,
nished beef
with hand-crafted buildings,
All of Traegers beef through her business, marketing, book- ments or the safest sound draws
basement room, warranting
Eds Eden Valley
own
all her own
But, that
memories
twice the space available,
She markets her
She also raises homes.
and on the
the herd, doing
said. My greatest the putttogether
Weishair out
Between managingTraeger has a busy schedule.
town replica is pieced
He chose Eden Valley
riding along in
as well as chickens Steven
where he grew were cars, checking the railroad.
with handcrafted businesses,
has alwork and scheduling,hogs for meat marketing
putt
and de- because thats
Storm chasing
including a corner barmodeled up, Sharon said. When the roads on Saturdays.
registered Berkshire
for rotational
of who I am,
by
leased pastureland paddocks and ways been a part
pot, as well as a trainfrom the book came out telling about
and ducks.
The Valley of Eden,how
within
Traeger uses her
over
Weishair said. 27, is the main
In the summer, days, Traeger moves groups
after The General
Nistler, reviews
the towns rich history
3-4
Weishair,
1886
really inspired Michael
trailer.
Civil War era.
grazing. Every
Northern Plains
wag- 100 years, that
the town changed from
farm to farm by
leader of the four-man team,
An array of tractors, was Ed.
at times from
until 1986. By thoroughly
Storm Chasers of his house near
TRAEGER 6
ons and automobilesof peoEd agreed.
page
the
and is based out
created, and gurines nestled
continued on
THEIS
My dad worked ontravare
Glenwood.
storms
that
4
animals
page
and
chasing
Railroad
ple
continued on
bring- Sioux Line Eden Valley, he
His interest in
age.
amongst the buildings,
eled through
began at a young
MUSSMAN
a kid and seing the scene to life.
PHOTO BY MISSY
When I was roll through,
in his growing room
would
of
a shiitake mushroom
vere weather
go on the patio
Kevin Doyle picksSt. Joseph. Doyle grows only two varieties
I would try to
the storm inMushrooms, Inc.
on March 10 near
the shiitake, at Forest
outside and watch
mushrooms, including
to the basement,
near Wessstead of getting I was always so
on June 18, 2014for nearly 45
MUSSMAN
Weishair said.
EF4 tornado on the
ground
MISSY
points out the tornado was By
his
Weishair
in
interested.
Writer
This
Staff
S.D.
showed
That interest
ington Springs,
with
especially science minutes.
4,700
schoolwork,
are approximately
pictures of lightning
there rod
his
In Minnesota,
mov- totake
the JOSEPH
lightningaround
ST.
88.9 million acres of
class.
15-foot
lessons in scidairyforfarms,
a
But, after watching
he the3,495
him.
The weather best, Weishair
knew nearly
hog farms,
But, there are less than
madeof
Weishair
soybeans.
friendacres
the
my favorite
85.1 million
and day.
ence class wasit. I got an A in it. ie Twister
corn one
Lightning wasstate.
to chase storms
a tiny one,
mushroom farms in the
started
of it,
said. I loved interest for severe wanted
handful
mushroom grower, even us, said
That really kick
Seeing his
I dont know of a single
years, besides
bought him
WEISHAIR
than three
hearound for more
he said.
on page 4
turned
weather, his parents
been
Were the oldest
has 16,
written by Paul
By the time hethat
Forest Mushrooms, Inc. to large mushstormsowner ofcontinued
a weather book
in severeDoyle,
meteorolostill very small compared
started to go out Kevin
MARK KLAPHAKE Douglas, a national
PHOTO BY
and largest, but we are states.
on pasture on gist.
30 years, growheifers are kept
room farms in some other
mushroom business for market, at his
British WhiteAvon.
Doyle has been in the
near
to the wholesale
Christina Traegers
Traeger Ranch
St. Joseph.
ing and distributing mushrooms
Rolling Hills
nestled in the woods near
indoor growing operation
I love it. Doyle said. oyster mushrooms and shiitake mushCurrently, Doyle grows
Our mushsaid.
rooms at his farm.
Doyle
them,
grow
We dont use soil to cellulose and lignin wood bers.
rooms require decomposing mushrooms are grown in differing
The oyster and shiitake
cottonseed
substrate materials.
Doyle uses straw and
For the oyster mushrooms,
horse and people gurines.
hull waste.
Valley is detailed with
The replica of Eden
MUSHROOMS
continued on page 6

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town of
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s tornadoes
Weishair follow ern Plains
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best odor to get the sows to
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called a 241.
In order to keep track of
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By todays standards
we are considered a
very small hog farm.
- Tom Frieler
are all bred by AI (artificial
insemination). Interestingly
however, in order for the females to cycle, there needs
to be boars in the vicinity because of their smell. For that
purpose, a breed of boars

PHOTO BY DIANE LEUKAM

Pigs that will be kept on the farm for breeding stock receive notches
in their ears signifying the month of their birth.

PHOTO BY DIANE LEUKAM

The Frielers purchase bull calves and raise them as steers which are marketed at 1,450 pounds. Above,
the tags in these calves ears help a computerized feeding system to keep track of how much they eat
each day, and notify the Frielers if theyve missed feedings.

any other hogs. Many other


measures are taken to prevent
the spread of any possible
germs that could compromise
the health of the animals.
Another enterprise
In addition to the hog operation at Frieler Farms, baby
bull calves are purchased once
a month to be raised as steers.
The calves are raised in large
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FARM TO SCHOOL continued from page 1

53 gallons of cucumbers, 70
pounds of zucchini, 50 pounds
of peppers, 15 gallons of
Brussels sprouts, 60 pounds
of tomatoes and 18 gallons of
squash all of that has been
grown on-site in the school
garden that is not only producing food, but is also cropping
up learning experiences.

We just had some preschoolers outside checking out


the raised beds, said district
foodservice director Melissa
Anderson. They were excited to see purple carrots in the
garden and they ate everything
they picked while they were
exploring.
FFA advisor John Rob-

PHOTO BY LIZ VOS

Carrots in a rainbow of colors are picked from raised garden beds


at Holdingford Schools. They will be cleaned, sliced and served to
the schools nearly 1,100 students.

erts, who oversees the school


gardens, points out that the
acre-plus gardens have grown
and developed over the years,
tended to by FFA students.
The FFA students are taking this opportunity to teach
the other students about where
food comes from, Roberts
said. Food doesnt just come
from a store, and we are able
to teach that. This is a teaching tool that has been very
valuable theyre learning
the timing of harvest and the
processes that take place after
picking.
Anderson credits Roberts
in leading the success of the
garden, noting that in order
for the program to work well,
there needs to be a leader overseeing it.
We started with one little garden, and over time they
have added to it and added to
it, she said. John has been a
great advocate and leader for
the students.
Students involved also
have a chance to interact with
the cooks in the kitchen, seeing how they clean, prepare
and serve the fruits of their labor.
Its a neat connection,
Anderson said. There is a lot
of teaching and learning going
on during the season.
Adding to the fresh produce consumed this school
year, students families, area
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what they cannot eat, freeze
or can to the school where it
is put to good use. Earlier this
year, 150 pounds of pears were
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Judy Feia carefully cleans Brussels sprouts, which were grown in the
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through the Farm to Table initiative embraced by the district.

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planting 500 cabbages each year in addition to sweet corn, popcorn, squash,
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that makes its way down the road to
hungry students.
This year I cut back to only planting around 175 cabbages, said Delores, citing medical issues as her reason to cut back. I have grandchildren
who go to school in Holdingford, so
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It is really nice to see that all the students are getting the freshest produce
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She points out that she is against
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help it.
Delores had delivered 100 pounds
of cabbage to the school earlier this
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any of the students to deliver 200 more
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Anderson says around 100 pounds
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into coleslaw, using a special piece of


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For Stang, having the chance to
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seeing the challenge each growing season will bring, she said. It feels good
to know the students are getting good,
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Shooting runs in the family

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PHOTO BY DIANE LEUKAM

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Louis, 23, graduated with an engineering degree and does project estimating management
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The group uses Swhacker broadheads on
their arrows.
Austin got us all onto these broadheads,
said Martin. Now I wouldnt go without them.
They also use lighted nocks called Nockturnals. The nock is the end of the arrow that fits
onto the bow as it is being pulled back. The lighted end makes them much easier to find back, a
big plus at $30 apiece. Martin has shot four deer
over the years with one arrow.
Interestingly, they noted after shooting a deer,
they can tell where they hit it by the smell on the
arrow. Depending upon where on the body they
hit the deer, they know to either look for it right
away or to wait. This tracking system can make
locating the deer much easier than if they automatically went after it right after shooting.
When asked if there are any other tricks to
being a good hunter, they all agreed on one thing:
practice.
This was actually a slow summer, but since
the end of July Ive shot 8-900 arrows, said Austin.
Practicing in his backyard on their land near
Melrose, he said, Im not so much concerned
with hitting a bullseye as getting a good grouping, shooting consistently, the same every time.
Success has been had this year already, with
Leo shooting an 8-point buck, the first hes shot
with a bow. Austin is still waiting, hoping to see
a big buck come through. He knows they are out
there, having seen them on his trail cam. The son
of David and Joyce Brinkman, hed love to get a
deer like one his dad shot.
Hes got us all beat, with a buck scoring 169
7/8, a 10-point he got with a shotgun, said Austin.
Leo said he hunts every day on the weekends,
in the evenings, because hunting in the morning
spooks too many deer. And he sits.
You sit. And you sit some more, he said. He
figures since he started bow hunting at the age of
12, hes probably sat over 700 hours. Which begs
the question: What does he think about while hes
sitting?
I pray the rosary when I get in the stand or
go on Instagram, he said, smiling.
Martin agreed, saying its a good time to relax, enjoy nature and pray.
Only God can send the deer by, he said, as
the group broke into laughter once again.
During most of the conversation, Luke, 17,
was quiet. A senior at Sauk Centre High School,
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speed and direction, elevation, the direction he


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Its a problem around here to shoot safely,
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target.
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making another group about 2 inches apart. The


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American Harvest spotlights


St. Joseph farm

By HERMAN LENSING
s
Staff Writer
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Liz Fiedler both know they
to live in a rural area.
lwanted
They also dont mind
telling people why. This year
their story and reasons for doding so is one of the story lines
eon Season 2 of the CarbonTV.
com original series, Ameri-can Harvest.
. Josh and Liz recently
hbecame the fifth generation
nof the family to be living on
,their family farm. Josh quicknotes there is a difference.
dly
Our family has had the
land going back to 1888,
esaid Josh. Liz grew up in
sLake Benton, between Pipeustone and Marshall. She is
more used to rural life than
gI am. There is not one stoplight in Lincoln County. The
unique part as it relates to
my wife and I is, it is the first
generation where the primary
income is not from working
on the farm.
Josh works in agricultural finance. He also does color commentary of local high
school sports. Liz is a nurse
at the St. Cloud Hospital.
She is also working towards
her doctorate of nursing de-

PHOTO BY HERMAN LENSING

Interviews of Liz (second from left) and Josh (center) by Chad Olson were filmed by Hunter Weeks
(left) and Alex Witkowicz for the American Harvest program.

gree. They closed on a 40acre purchase of the 160-acre


farm in September from his
father, Ray and Mary Fiedler
who operated a dairy herd on
the farm from 1978 to 2007.
Mary passed away in 2007.
Ray, who has since built a
home on the farm, will continue to farm and run a Holstein steer operation. Starting

next year, Josh and Liz will


purchase beef cattle from her
father and begin a small beef
operation.
The Fiedlers had wanted to live in a rural area, and
Josh had a mild interest in
living on his home farm; but
he never really thought much
about it.
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in 2014, my dad approached
me about purchasing some of
the land. I was open-minded
to that idea.
Josh and Liz discussed
the proposal and they agreed
the numbers worked for them.
Coming back to a home farm

might not be all that unusual,


but the producers of American Harvests second season
found it worked well with
the shows theme of learning
about the younger generation
of farmers.
We went out to dinner
with some friends, said Josh.
One of their friends was the
producer of American Harvest. We talked about the
show and at the end of last
season, they asked if they
could interview us for the
last episode of last seasons
show.
The interview went well
and the episode performed
well in the ratings, so the producers asked the Fiedlers if
they would like to be featured
in the new season. For Josh,
it was great timing to put into
practice something he really
believes in.
We had no desire to be
TV stars, but we had a desire
and were willing to participate in a show that has everything to do with wanting
to tell a positive story about
agriculture, he said.
Getting that information
out is something he sees as
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FIEDLERS continued from page 12

more than just the work of people


growing the food consumers eat. He
thinks everyone involved in the ag-

We got to tell a
positive story about
agriculture.
- Josh Fiedler
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people know good things about the
business.

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to tell the story. The farmers are out
numbered, he said.
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a commitment to just being themselves, and to discuss how their life
on the family farm is progressing.
They started filming this spring
and finished in early October, said
Josh. What I liked about it is that
nothing is staged. We werent asked
to hold hands or stand in front of
cows. This is more a documentary

PHOTO BY HERMAN LENSING

Josh and Liz review copies of 1888 documents that are displayed in their house.
Joshs family has owned the land since that year.

PHOTO BY HERMAN LENSING

Camera crew Hunter Weeks (left) and Alex Witkowicz (right) filmed scenes as Liz
(second from left) and Josh (right) visited with her parents, Lu Ann and JT, on the
Weber farm at Lake Benton.

than something like Reality TV.


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with two cameras, sometimes only
one and the taping sessions became
friends sharing a story well sort of.
It was a free-flowing conversation, with people who have a camera
in their hand, said Josh. Although,
it can be hard to forget the camera is
there.
The filming of their portion of the
show recently concluded. They are
waiting to watch the series.
We are just a part of it, said

Josh. They have three or four stories


and some minor ones.
What the Fiedlers are really glad
about is that they were able to tell
their story, together, and share their
perspective on agriculture.
We got to tell a positive story
about agriculture, said Josh.
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AVON Christina
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in love with
ed to raise well as have excellent meat
instantly fell
trouble-free, as breeds of cattle, Traeger
breed.
searching many
the British Whitealmost 20 years ago. Today,
Hills TraeThat was
and operates Rolling
Traeger owns Avon. There she raises around
calves,
ger Ranch near
registered cows, ranch
The base
150 head of purebred,
calves and bulls.pasture with an
heifers, feeder
By JENNIFER COYNE
acres all
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pasture.
includes 75 owned
acres of leased popular beef
additional 400
at all the
I was looking they werent going to
are
just knew
RICHMOND There
PHOTOS SUBMITTED
breeds and I Traeger said. I wanted some-I
Ed Theis
and
in northern Minnesota.
a few things that Sharon,
work for me,
last summer
of Glenwood.
safely be around,
loves most his wife, of Eden
storm he chased team and lives south
Christina Traeger thing my kids could
Chasers
look at a severe
trains and the town
gets a closer the Northern Plains Storm
sale. After looka long time.
for
for
cattle
this
of
do
White
British Steven Weishair
Valley.
wanted to
the
is the lead member
an ad for British were the breed for her.
For 30-plus years, dilithey
Traeger found
white hair and Weishair
has
knew right away
cattle breed with points include
Eden Valley native
ing at them, she
polled British
town
The colored
gently recreated the ruralbuildWhites are a naturallyblack or red points. skin on their backs. They
usually

often
and
points
with more than 200
teats
dark
body.
eyelids, nose,
scratch
skin on the entire
ings, tractors and locomotives
the ears, feet,
of
to solid black
us pet them and
built from small pieces
can have dappledcame up to us and they let
she
The cows
wood.
said.
interTwo years later,
since.
Ive always had an and
head in 1997.
herd
their backs, Traeger
nine
her
Traeger purchased
By MISSY MUSSMAN
she has been building
est in old houses, tractors
breeding,
old buildnine head and
from registered
Staff Writer
cars. When I see an so cool,
bought another cattle are registered or are her daughter, Hailey, 17.
also
All of my
ing, I think, this is resides in
the ranch with
animals and we
The sound
who manages
COYNE
GLENWOODsirens usually
said Ed, who now
said Traeger, heifers and cows for breedingas nished beef.
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER
the town of
Richmond.
We sell bulls, calves to raise or they are sold a grass-fed program. of the tornado into their basein a
spends his time recreating
goes through Grillin Meats.
Delicately placed
sends most people room in their
sell our feeder
tractors, cars and trains.
Ed Theis, of Richmond,
nished beef
with hand-crafted buildings,
All of Traegers beef through her business, marketing, book- ments or the safest sound draws
basement room, warranting
Eds Eden Valley
own
all her own
But, that
memories
twice the space available,
She markets her
She also raises homes.
and on the
the herd, doing
out
said. My greatest the putttogether
schedule.
managing
pieced
Weishair
is
busy
Between
town replica
He chose Eden Valley
riding along in
Traeger has a
as well as chickens Steven
where he grew were cars, checking the railroad.
with handcrafted businesses,
has alwork and scheduling,hogs for meat marketing
putt
and de- because thats
Storm chasing
including a corner barmodeled up, Sharon said. When the roads on Saturdays.
registered Berkshire
for rotational
of who I am,
by
leased pastureland paddocks and ways been a part
pot, as well as a trainfrom the book came out telling about
and ducks.
The Valley of Eden,how
within
Traeger uses her
over
Weishair said. 27, is the main
In the summer, days, Traeger moves groups
after The General
Nistler, reviews
the towns rich history
3-4
Weishair,
1886
really inspired Michael
trailer.
Civil War era.
grazing. Every
Northern Plains
wag- 100 years, that
the town changed from
farm to farm by
leader of the four-man team,
An array of tractors, was Ed.
at times from
until 1986. By thoroughly
Storm Chasers of his house near
TRAEGER 6
ons and automobilesof peoEd agreed.
page
and is based out
dad worked on the
created, and gurines nestled
continued on
THEIS
My
Glenwood.
chasing storms
ple and animals are bring- Sioux Line Railroad that travcontinued on page 4
His interest in
he
age.
amongst the buildings,
eled through Eden Valley,
began at a young
MUSSMAN
a kid and seing the scene to life.
PHOTO BY MISSY
When I was roll through,
in his growing room
would
of
a shiitake mushroom
vere weather
go on the patio
Kevin Doyle picksSt. Joseph. Doyle grows only two varieties
I would try to
the storm inMushrooms, Inc.
on March 10 near
the shiitake, at Forest
outside and watch
mushrooms, including
to the basement,
near Wessstead of getting I was always so
on June 18, 2014for nearly 45
MUSSMAN
Weishair said.
EF4 tornado By
ground
the
MISSY
the
out
on
was
points
interested.
Staff Writer
S.D. This tornado
showed in his Weishair
That interest
ington Springs,
with
especially science minutes.
4,700
are approximately
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pictures of lightning
there rod
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In Minnesota,
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ST.
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class.
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a tiny one,
mushroom farms in the
started
of it,
said. I loved interest for severe wanted
handful
mushroom grower, even us, said
That really kick
Seeing his
I dont know of a single
years, besides
bought him
WEISHAIR
than three
hearound for more
he said.
on page 4
turned
been
weather, his parents
Were the oldest
has 16,
written by Paul
By the time hethat
Forest Mushrooms, Inc. to large mushstormsowner ofcontinued
a weather book
in severeDoyle,
meteorolostill very small compared
started to go out Kevin
MARK KLAPHAKE Douglas, a national
PHOTO BY
and largest, but we are states.
on pasture on gist.
30 years, growheifers are kept
room farms in some other
mushroom business for market, at his
British WhiteAvon.
Doyle has been in the
near
to the wholesale
Christina Traegers
Traeger Ranch
St. Joseph.
ing and distributing mushrooms
Rolling Hills
nestled in the woods near
indoor growing operation
I love it. Doyle said. oyster mushrooms and shiitake mushCurrently, Doyle grows
mushfarm.
Our
rooms at his
grow them, Doyle said.
We dont use soil to cellulose and lignin wood bers.
rooms require decomposing mushrooms are grown in differing
The oyster and shiitake
cottonseed
substrate materials.
Doyle uses straw and
For the oyster mushrooms,
horse and people gurines.
hull waste.
Valley is detailed with
The replica of Eden
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Q&A: Fall Harvest

How many acres do you farm? Ken and I


farm 358 acres here near his place and about
212 acres by my farm.

How many acres do you farm? We farm


920 acres.
What do you plant? We split the acres
fairly evenly between corn and soybeans,
with some alfalfa.

What do you plant? We mainly do corn


and soybeans. We also have some acres we
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that we rent to our neighbor.
How far are you along with fall harvest?
We are about two-thirds done. All the beans
are finished and we are just working on corn
now.
How has the harvest been and how does
that compare to other years? Its been
going good. We had plenty of rain earlier.
We just got through the field in some areas.
Now things are going pretty good. We got the beans out before the majority of
the rain fell. Beans yielded 60 plus bushels an acre and the corn, so far, has been
yielding between 175 to 180 bushels an acre. For us, this is pretty average in
terms of timing. We are at about the same spot as we were last year at this time.
Roger Meyer
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Tell us your most unique fall harvest story: The really wet years are what I
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How far are you along with fall harvest?


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How far are you along with fall harvest?


The harvest has gone well as we havent
had the heavy rains those farther south experienced. I can harvest soybeans by myself because there isnt so much hauling,
but corn is a different story. My son, Luke,
takes vacation from his job at the nuclear
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years crop.
What do you like about the harvest? Fall harvest is a good time of year. The
weather and fall colors can be beautiful, so its fun just being outdoors and taking
it all in. Its also Pay Day for farmers and they see the results of their past years
work. The smell of corn drying, or the sweet smell of freshly-worked ground in
the fall are things that stay in a farmers memory. And the satisfaction of bringing
in a good crop means that we can stay in business and do the same thing next
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started farming with my dad back in the 1970s, and I cherish the memory of him
and I working together as we tried to get the harvest completed before winter set
in. Plowing all night as the ground was starting to freeze up and become rockhard is one of the experiences I wont ever forget.

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What do you plant? We plant corn, beans,
alfalfa and oats on our farm.
How far are you along with fall harvest?
So far this fall, we have all the beans harvested. We have about 45 acres of corn to
combine. We will also be making corn straw
round bales.
How has the harvest been? The harvest
has been going pretty good. We were able
to fill the silo with silage before we received
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work by the first week in November. We are probably a week or two ahead of
schedule right now.
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fields throughout the spring and summer, it is great to get good yields. Driving
the combine, chopping silage and fall tillage are favorite things on the Jaeger
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Country Business

Bringing Christmas dcor shopping to the farm


Bergs Country Barn holiday
shop open for second year
By MISSY MUSSMAN
Staff Writer
SAUK CENTRE A stanchion barn that once housed
dairy cows is now home to
Anita Bergs holiday dcor
popup shop, Bergs Country
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Centre.
Its a different and
unique shopping environment
that customers are seeking to
find, Berg said.
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ping destination in the country will once again be open on


weekends beginning Saturday
Nov. 5 through the first weekend in December for the second year in a row.
Our opening weekend,
which is also deer hunting
opener is our biggest weekend, Berg said.
For the past two years,
Berg has worked diligently
in obtaining Christmas home
dcor from several vendors
across the country.
We fly out about four

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Michelle Meyer, who works with Anita Berg, stands against some old stanchions overlooking a
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PHOTO BY MISSY MUSSMAN

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times a year, with January being our largest buying show,


Berg said. We turn right
around after Christmas and
buy Christmas product again
for the next year.
Some of those buying
shows Berg attends to obtain
some of her holiday items are
in Atlanta, Dallas and even
Las Vegas.

Many of our vendors no


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the larger shows to get a nice
variety and mix of products
that you see at Centre Floral
and Bergs Country Barn,
Berg said. Atlanta is one
of our biggest markets in the
United States because they
have people coming from all

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After attending several
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We were trying to brainstorm
about a place to have our spruce top
pot making class at Centre Floral in
2014, but we just didnt have enough
room to accommodate all the people
that wanted to come for our class,
Berg said. So, we decided to use the
barn at my new place for customers to
come out and make their winter pots.
The smell from all the spruce tops and
wreaths made the barn smell pretty
amazing.
But it did not take long for Berg to
find another use for her barn.
Since we were buying larger
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our vendors, I had a lot of Christmas
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our holiday gifts and dcor to the barn,
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ever.
The barn on the farm was the original dairy barn that Bill Bergs two
uncles, Al and Merle, built and milked
cows in for 20 years.
The barn is in really great shape,
Berg said. It has the neatest hayloft,
too, which we also used for my daughters wedding this past June.
Even though it was in good shape,
Berg still made some minor modifica-

tions to the barn to make it ready for


her customers, like re-siding the barn
with red and white tin, cementing the
old gutters, adding a stairway to get to
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We really havent changed much
of the original barn, Berg said. Some
of the stanchions are still in the barn
and we work them right into our displays in the holiday shop.
After their first year doing the holiday shop, Berg got rave reviews from
her customers.
People have asked already this
year if we are doing it again, Berg
said.
One customer last year, who
owned and operated a farm and milked
cows most of her life, really expressed
her interest in shopping there again.
She said she usually hates shopping, but was so happy to shop here
because she felt right at home, Berg
said. Its interesting how many people
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hometown shopping experience instead of the hustle and bustle of the big
city.
With the rave reviews, Berg knows
that opening the holiday shop in the
barn again this year was the right move.
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fish clubs, like a country club for
fishing.
However, before the final transaction occurs, Schmeisser spends
the majority of his year collecting
fish eggs, hatching the eggs and
raising the fry young fish capable
of feeding themselves in rented
pasture ponds that are located within a 30-mile radius of the fish farm.
Eggs hatch in the spring and
the fry are the size of mosquitoes, Schmeisser said. Ill stock
the ponds full and let them grow
throughout the summer.
In a typical year, the fish farmer
fills his ponds with up to 400,000
fry, with hopes of receiving 3 to 4
percent of the stock at the end of
the season.
Each pond differs in stocking
capacity and the amount of fish
available come fall, which is mostly dependent on food availability in
the waters.
Mother Nature is cruel; when
the weather cools down, plankton die and the fingerlings starve,
Schmeisser said. It all balances
out I could get 30 percent return
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SCHMEISSER continued from page 19

picked up.
I have to provide for
them and hopefully it all
works out, Schmeiss-

each pond.
When Schmeisser first
entered the business, he
only raised and sold crappies. Over the years,
he has developed
I have great water
with walleyes as
well, as demand for
without needing
both species is great.
filtration. You can
Only
selling
those two species,
read a newspaper
Schmeisser also has
sort out any perch
at the bottom of the to
or sunfish that entank.
tered the pond.
Thats a lot of ex - Daryl Schmeisser
tra work, he said. I
cant sell what people put into ponds.
er said. I can now gauge Although sorting fish is
what Im going to have in exhausting and time conPHOTO BY JENNIFER COYNE

Eighteen holding tanks line the shed where Daryl Schmeisser operates his fish farm. The tanks house
crappie and walleye until they are picked up from the buyer.

suming, the most troublesome aspect of fish farming


for Schmeisser is raising
the walleye.
You never want to
take one shortcut, he said.
Walleye are fragile and
you have to handle them
with silk gloves. If you
frown at them, they die.
However,
through
PHOTO BY JENNIFER COYNE
years
of
trial
and
error
and
Daryl Schmeisser lifts a netfull of walleye from their holding
tank. Raising walleye is a careful task, as the fish are sensitive to becoming more established
disturbances.
in the industry, Schmeiss-

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fish, Schmeisser said.
Theres a 100-mile
circle around Alexandria
that raises a lot of the walleye, he said. It mostly
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availability.
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rise.
I loved to fish, and still
do when I have time. Now, I
want to put back more than
I take, Schmeisser said.
Its a very fulfilling thing
to know a kid is catching
fish that might not be there
if it wasnt for me.

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Our pets suffer the effects of time definitively diagnosed with a CT scan
just as we do and that is no different or an MRI. Strokes in dogs tend to not
for the brain than it is for joints. As be as debilitating as in people. Dogs
our pets age, their brains decrease in usually recover faster than people
size and weight leading to decreased often within a few weeks. Tests may
function. This affects memohelp discover an underlying
ry, learning and comprehencondition that contributed to
sion.
the stroke so that perhaps fu They develop amyloid
ture strokes can be prevented,
plaques and decreasing dopabut there is not any specific
mine levels and may suffer nutreatment to repair the damage
merous micro strokes. These
done to the brain by a stroke.
strokes decrease blood flow
There are a few things we can
to the brain by tiny blockagdo to support and improve the
es of vessels or tiny areas of by Wendy aging brain of a dog affected
bleeding. In people, the effect Womack, DVM by Canine Cognitive Dysof these changes are often refunction. Omega-3 fatty acids
ferred to as dementia, but in veteri- and SAME (s-adenosylmethionine)
nary medicine we call this condition, are two nutritional supplements that
Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.
have been associated with improve Canine Cognitive Dysfunction af- ment in this condition. Exercise helps
fects one third of all dogs by the age increase blood flow to the brain and
of 11 and most dogs by the age of 16 teaching new tricks, offering new toys
years. There is no breed predisposi- and providing interactions with other
etion. There is no test to diagnose the animals and people can help stimulate
disorder. Diagnosis is made by behav- the brain.
iors observed and failure to find any Hills pet food company has deother physiologic cause.
veloped a special diet, called b/d,
There are several common be- to improve age-related behavioral
havior patterns seen. Previously well changes, learning ability and alertness
trained dogs will have breaks in house in older dogs. It has larger quantities
training and urinate and defecate in of fruits and vegetables with higher
the house though they have no infec- levels of antioxidants, lipoic acid, cartion, neurologic problem or gastroin- nitine and omega-3 fatty acids to deal
testinal disorder. They may seem to with the free radicals that cause cell
get lost in their own house and you damage and to promote the health of
may find them standing in the corner cell membranes and mitochondria.
or on the wrong side of a door. Their There is one drug that has been lisleep cycles become disturbed and censed to treat Canine Cognitive Dysthey may spend lots of time pacing function. The trade name is Anipryl,
or being generally restless. They may but there is a generic called selegiline.
become irritable and decrease their One study out of UC Davis showed
social interaction.
a 76 percent improvement in symp Micro strokes do contribute to toms after one month, with some dogs
dementia by damaging the brain but showing continued improvement over
these usually do not produce observ- the first three months. It works by proable symptoms. Major strokes, while longing the activity of the neurotransthey can have some symptoms as not- mitter dopamine, the decline of which
ed above, tend to have very noticeable is implicated as a cause of Canine
symptoms like walking in circles, Cognitive Dysfunction. Currently it
a tilt to the head that the dog cannot would cost, depending on the size of
correct, loss of balance and falling your dog, $100 or less a month to treat
over, possibly blindness.
your dog with this drug.
Symptoms of strokes depend on Always consult your veterinarthe area of the brain affected. A stoke ian if you see changes in your pets
occurs when the blood supply to the health or behavior. Sometimes what
brain is disrupted by a blockage (isch- we dismiss as just getting old in our
emic stroke) or by a bleed (hemor- pets may be a treatable or manageable
rhagic stroke). A stroke can only be condition.

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Pork Roast

A pork roast is really good using pineapple. Just salt and pepper to the
roast. Put pineapple juice mixed with water on the bottom of roasting pan
and pineapple chunks on top of the roast. Bake at 350 degrees until done.

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October is National Pork Month!

Brats and Sauerkraut

Pulled Pork

2 pounds bratwurst links


4 cups sauerkraut, drained

5 pounds pork shoulder roast


3 pounds boneless pork ribs
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Brown the brats. Layer sauerkraut in a 12- by-12 glass-baking dish,


then place bratwurst links on sauerkraut. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees.

Place pork roast in the center of a slow cooker. Layer the pork rib meat
around pork roast. Add soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke.
Slowly pour water over pork, being careful not to wash away the seasoning.
Cook on low for 10 hours. Transfer meat to a roast pan; remover and
discard any bones and large chunks of fat. Shred pork with tongs or forks.
Drain and discard liquid from slow cooker; wipe away any remaining
fat. Return shredded pork to slow cooker and add about 1 1/2 bottles barbecue sauce. Stir. Continue to heat on low until ready to serve. Serve with
remaining 1/2 bottle barbecue sauce.

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2 (18 ounce) bottles barbecue
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1 cup water, or more as needed

1 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. sugar

BBQ Ribs

3 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped onions

Put ribs in large roasting pan, lightly salt and pepper and bake at 350
degree in oven for approximately 1 1/2-2 hrs or until almost done. The time
depends on how much meat you have. Then cover with BBQ sauce and
bake at 185 degrees for another 1 1/2 plus hours or until ribs are very tender.
Bring above ingredients to a boil and then spread across ribs. Add 1/2
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Oven-baked Pork Chops and Rice


1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
1/4 onion, sliced

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and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hours until meat is done and liquid is
absorbed. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes.

Little Smokies
1 (18 ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/3 chopped onion


2 (16 ounce) packages little
wieners

Stir together barbecue sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire


sauce, onion and wieners in the bowl of a slow cooker. Cook on low for 2
hours, or until ready to serve.

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Chicken Bacon Wraps


2/3 cup firmly packed brown
sugar
2 Tbsp chili powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes.
Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each chicken cube with bacon and
secure with a wooden pick. Stir together brown sugar and chili powder.
Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture. Coat a rack and broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken wrap on rack in broiler pan. Bake at 350
for 30 to 35 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

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4 FT HW
6 FT HW
8 FT HW
10 FT HW
14 FT HW
16 FT HW
18 FT HW
20 FT HW

HW GATES
$76.15
$88.95
$114.95
$129.95
$165.95
$175.95
$220.95
$254.95

TARTAR EQUIPMENT
$71.05
$81.85
$104.90
$120.65
$154.80
$163.60
$205.30
$241.10

HW CORRAL PANELS

$84.95
$99.95

10 ft corral panel HW $94.95


12 ft corral panel HW $109.95

HW BUNKS 10% OFF

Cattle Feed Bunk Medium


5 1/2
Reg. $165.75
Horse Feed Bunk 5 1/2
Reg. $154.95
Cattle Feed Bunk
Medium 10
Reg. $179.95

BALE FEEDERS

Skirted
Unskirted

$274.95
$243.95

$253.95
$227.95

Cattleman Chute
$1,695.00 $1,545.00
Cattle Master Chute $2,495.00 $2,345.00
$489.95
Palpation Cage
$519.95
Walk Thru Gate 4
$109.95
$94.95
$104.95
Walk Thru Gate 6
$119.95
Calf Table
$1,899.00 $1,000.00
Alley Panel w/cut gate $449.95
$419.95
No Back Alley Stop $194.95
$179.95
Horse Hay Feeder
$275.00
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$299.95
Double Bowl Waterer
9.2 gal 500 watts $495.00
$450.00
Single Bowl Waterer
$415.00
4.8 gal 250 watts $445.00
Equine plastic
Hay Basket
$339.95
$315.00

ENDURAPLAS
MINERAL FEEDERS

Mineral Feeder
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Upright Mineral Feeder
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$185.00
$350.00

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Outlasting standard steel up to three
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$2,700.00
$2,900.00

POSTS 15% OFF

7 seconds varying width wood


Electric Fence Post (rebar)
8 Steel T-Post

HW WATER TANKS
15% OFF

Galvanized Round Tank 72 GAL .......Reg $74.95


Galvanized Round Tank 100 GAL .....Reg $81.95
Galvanized Round Tank 174 GAL ..Reg $119.95
Galvanized Round Tank 230 GAL ..Reg $149.15

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