Posts from "December, 2016"

Expected the unexpected in agriculture

  Ranchers in parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan dealing with TB quarantines on cattle — some strain from Mexico, where did that come from? How did that get into some 100-year-old herds? Further north, farmers in central and northern Alberta and Saskatchewan are looking at anywhere from 10 to 30 per cent of crops out

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Merry Christmas

Last December we bought a snow blower for the little tractor that’s assigned to take care of all the chores around the farmyard. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we didn’t get much snow all through last winter, and the snow blower was only used in anger once all season. Even then, it really wasn’t necessary to

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Check it out

I received a press release from the Insurance Bureau of Canada last week that started off with the headline, “Auto thieves in western Canada love their Ford trucks”. According to the IBC’s statistics, the dirt bags that steal vehicles in this part of the country prefer to steal early-to-mid 2000s Ford Super Duty pickups. Remarkably,

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The key to organization

A couple of weeks ago I decided that the rusty old truck tool box that’s been cluttering up a corner of my workshop needs to either get fixed or taken to the dump. It was just occupying space that would be better taken up by some kind of shiny new workshop tool. And Christmas isn’t

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