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About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at http://aldersonangus.wordpress.com.

Bird Meets Window

Some days you are the window. Some days you are the bird. For the record, I always feel bad when a bird flies into one of our windows. We have adjusted our annual window-cleaning time (we do it in fall … Continue reading

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Sure Signs of Spring…Or Not

Dear Jill, LOL JK Love, Mother Nature

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Sure Signs of Spring?

Mother Nature hasn’t made up her mind here at the ranch. Winter, spring, winter, spring? Just when it seems like winter is finally loosening its grip, another icy blast moves into the area. The past two days have brought encouraging … Continue reading

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Winter Storm Preparations – Ranch Style

Things work a little differently when prepping for a storm out in the country Continue reading

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What Were They Thinking? A Mom Guesses What’s In the Minds of Her Sons

I have previously written about some of the knowledge gained while raising my three sons. Here, here, and here. As a mother of boys, I frequently come across situations where I wonder, “What were they thinking?!?” Here are some scenes I … Continue reading

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Oh Christmas Tree: The Prologue

In my last post, I talked about the search for the perfect Christmas tree gone horribly awry. We had to remove the giant tree from the house, but it did not go to waste. The ranch sons set it up … Continue reading

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Oh Christmas Tree…

The quest for the perfect Christmas tree is fairly universal. The definition of “perfect” differs from person to person. In our house you will find “straight”, “cheap”, and “big” as preferred adjectives. Each of those words comes from a different person, … Continue reading

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