Volunteering as a “tour guide” for the famous Kansas Flint Hills is an activity that I savor. Last week I enjoyed taking a 22-year-old farm lad from New Zealand on his first tour of the Hills. The young man, Cameron Scott, had been visiting my friend ol’ Canby Handy and his “Kiwi” son-in-law for a few weeks and Canby brought Cam down from Kansas City for a one-day quick tour of the Flint Hills.
I might mention that Cam and his family background 5,000 Holstein heifers on a contract basis for four large “Kiwi” dairies. Since New Zealand’s bovine industry is largely forage based, Cam felt largely at home viewing the Flint Hills while they are at their lushest.
We took a few minutes here at Damphewmore Acres to acquaint Cam with the most common of the native tall grasses — big bluestem, little bluestem, Indiangrass, switchgrass, buffalo grass, and Eastern gamma grass and a few of the prairie forbs such as Illinois bundleflower, wild alfalfa, lead plant and a few wildflowers.
Cam is a delightful young man and he had a business reason for making his first trip to the U.S. He is an aspiring country music performer and spent some time in Nashville, Tenn., the home of county music, to see if he could spark some interest from within the C/W music industry.
Of course, it’s way to early for Cam to know his his musical aspirations will play out here in the U.S., but he’s got the looks and the talent to become a C/W heart-throb and I hope he becomes a success. If Cam becomes famous some day, remember, you heard his name first in this column.
It never pays off in the long run to be a bully. And, I recently had proof of that saying right within my chicken flock. I had a big Barred Rock rooster who had literally been “top of the flock” for two years. He spent all his time bullying the smaller and younger roosters.
Well, all that changed a couple of weeks ago when a series of fights with the younger roosters ended poorly for “Bully” and he immediately went from the top to the bottom of the rooster pecking order. The younger roosters wouldn’t even let him into the henhouse until near dark.
I could tell that the end was near for old Bully and one evening he didn’t come to the henhouse and I knew he’d crawled away somewhere to cash his chips. It took a few days before a distinct odor led me to his carcass. Bully died humped up in the corner of an old shed.
The moral to Bully’s story is that there’s always someone, somewhere who’s tougher than the toughest and that all bullies eventually get their comeuppance.
Since it’s started raining regularly, this year has become a banner year for my gardens. This week we added zucchini and green beans to our garden bounty to go along with the new potatoes, peas, radishes and leaf lettuce.
So far, the free-range chicken flock has held off the hordes of grasshoppers waiting in the weeds to invade the garden.
While the rains have been good for the garden, the same can’t be said for the area’s farmers. The wheat harvest — which a month ago looked to be excellent — is mired down and the wheat is losing quality every day. Plus, all the haying has ground to a halt waiting for drier weather. On the plus side, all the cattle are gaining well and almost all of the water sources are full.
Thanks to a pair of Colorado friends for this story.
Two men — one a wealthy agribusiness man and the other a poor farmer — were stranded on an island.
The businessman just sat down under a tree and did nothing.
The farmer looked all over the island. When he came back, he told the businessman, “There is nothing here — no food, no fresh water, no shelter, no nothing. We’re going to die.”
The businessman replied, “I make $10,000 a week,” and continued to sit.
The farmer renewed his search of the island and once again came back dejected. “We’re going to die,” he said.
The businessman replied, “I make $10,000 per week.” And he sat.
The despairing farmer said, “There’s no way we will ever get off this island. We’re going to die.”
Once again the businessman replied, “I make $10,000 per week, and I tithe to my church. My pastor will find me before next Sunday.”
If any of my readers are in need of a good divorce law firm, I heard of one that has to be among the best. It the LLC of Ditcher, Quick and Hyde.
Divorce is not a pleasant topic, but their still are words of wisdom about the subject. An example, someone named Mignon McLaughlin said, “If you make a list of the reasons why any couple got married, and another list of the reasons for their divorce, you’d have a hell of a lot of overlapping.”
Probably true. But anyway, I hope you have a good ‘un.