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ISSUE DATE: 08/30/2010

Counting sheep

By Jennifer Bremer

Working together as a family has allowed the Moser family of Garden Grove, Iowa, to expand what started out as a bottle lamb project to a well-respected flock of nearly 750 ewes producing many champions and great experiences for junior exhibitors across the country.

The beginning

A neighbor got the Moser kids hooked on the sheep industry. In 1998, they started feeding bottle lambs, and in 2000 they had purchased their first 13 ewes. The flock has continually grown for the past 10 years, and now they have about 750 ewes to lamb next spring.

Tom and Dawn Moser wanted their children to grow up on a farm and gain important lessons in responsibility and leadership. While Dawn didn't grow up on a farm, she always enjoyed agriculture and even had an agriculture major during college. Tom did grow up on a farm in Illinois, but after the two were married, they decided their Elgin, Ill., farm was going to be surrounded by urbanization and they moved to south central Iowa.

It was great because at the time we could sell our five acres there and buy 400 acres right here in Decatur County," said Dawn.


NEWS

Boy dies in farm accident
Extension hosts small business workshop
Farm Bureau will hold Summer Policy Conference in Des Moines
FSA emergency loans available
Iowa State Fair proves to be non-stop fun
Learn about agritourism at Grand Junction workshop
Montana says it will reconsider rural water rules
Otero County declared disaster area
Senate leaders scold USDA over SRA draft, support expanded coverage
US T-bones debut in major Korean retail chain
Voter initiative plan draws ag groups' ire
Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference set for Oct. 14 to 15

CROPS

AgriLife Extension economist: Wheat outlook bullish
Annual crop tour set for Aug. 31 at Muleshoe
Berry sensory analysis seminar to train growers, winemakers
Central Kansas Extension to host Fall Crops Tour Sept. 2
Control pigweed in soybeans
Corn stalk with 27 ears puzzles farmers in Iowa
Course will cover pollinator conservation
Delta Center field day set for Sept. 2
Doubled haploid lab will speed wheat variety development
Fall armyworms threaten crops, forages
Farm Service Agency taking CRP sign-ups
K-State hosting ag events
MU Southwest Center field day set for Sept. 10
Nebraska Soybean Board will meet Sept. 8
NRCS approves 14 Conservation Innovation Grants
Rolling Plains producers looking at canola option
Sorghum Board to meet Sept. 1
Sorghum Field Day set for Blue Hill
State's agricultural exports increase 27 percent
USGC sees potential sorghum market in Egypt
Watch for late-season soybean diseases
Wheat cooperative upgrades sites

LIVESTOCK

2010 World Charolais Congress held in May
AgriLife Extension hosts district beef clinic in Abilene
AgriLife Extension Service hosts CenTex Beef Cattle Symposium
American Akaushi breed registry formed
American Horse Council's 2010 Horse Industry Directory now available in print, online
Angus Juniors Elect new NJAA Board of Directors
Applications being accepted for Fred Stout Experience Awards
Beef board approves fiscal year 2011 budget
Beef day at MU South Farm highlights cattle management
Beef Quality Assurance Program helps ranchers
Beef Stocker Unit provides timely beef research to producers
BIF recognizes industry leaders with Continuing Service Awards
Biotech company spurns Manhattan, picks Wamego
Buy small cattle and make them big
Calf Diseases, Immune Systems & Nutrition
Cattle on feed numbers released
Cattlemen can help prevent dark cutters
Costly cattle disease prompts new testing regulations
Counting sheep
FFA youth parade angus champions at Missouri State Fair
Indiana horse ranch offers haven for children
Iowa farm conducts nationwide voluntary recall of shell eggs
IPPA, ISU start swine disease control project
Keep expenses in check when in cattle business
Management wheel helps meat goat producers
Meeting the nutritional needs of early weaned calves
Montgomery Stock Yards to host WLAC qualifying contest Sept. 13
NALF names new activities director
Nebraska Angus Tour runs Sept. 10 to 11
Optimism abounds at 2010 Beef Cattle Short Course
Poultry partnerships protecting Oklahoma
Red Angus and American Simmental Associations combine resources for multi-breed genetic evaluation
Scales a valuable tool for every cattle producer
Seedstock tour will visit Minnesota, South Dakota
Selecting for calf health
South Dakota Stockgrowers Association applauds senators on GIPSA
Temple Grandin to speak at OSU seminar Sept. 15
Texas sheep, goat raisers honor AgriLife Extension professionals
What's new with your vaccine?
Youth get more than $134,000 at Iowa State Fair

EDITOR

AgriPulse article wins praises
Lessons over breakfast
Numbers
Small business need support, not barriers, for growth
Taking a stand

COLUMNS

Consolidation in agriculture
Estate tax debate makes planning for death even more difficult
Farmers pay more for shipping
Ford uses soy oil in rubber parts
In other agribusiness news....
Just a scoop full
Local schmocal
New plant tissue analysis helps growers
The cost of money
USDA, DuPont work on test for foodborne pathogens
WestBred looks forward to biotech wheat

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Apache livestock aution report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction summary
Crops ahead of normal
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction
Dodge City cattle sales report
Drier conditions aided harvest
Dry conditions advance crop maturity in some areas
Faith livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock sales
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grasshoppers continue to plague some Wyoming counties
Hay prices steady, trade slow
Heat forcing fall crops to mature early
High Plains slaughter cattle sale
Joplin regional cattle sales
Moisture is hit or miss across the state
Most hay classes selling steady
Most topsoil moisture rated adequate
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction
Pratt 3 p.m., cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Rain brings relief to stressed crops
Salina cattle sales report
Small grain harvest nearly complete
Some areas prepping for wheat planting
Some parts of state get rain, others remain dry
South Central direct sheep
Springfield livestock auction report
St. Onge livestock sale report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Wheat sees double-digit gains
Woodward livestock market report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Center for Grassland Studies schedules fall seminar series
Feed hay in summer when pastures limit cattle performance

FAMILY

Complementary condiments for use now
Farmhouse a wonderful starter home
Horticulture Field Day set for Sept. 1 in Colby
Less is better when treating lawns this summer
Master mealtime in minutes
Master mealtime in minutes
Meditation for 8-30-10
More than 12,000 4-H entries expected at 2010 Kansas State Fair
OSU offers Farmed Whitetail Deer Program
Plants blooming but not setting fruits
Project showcase brings generations together
Protecting pets from coyotes
River Valley 4-H Livestock Judging Team wins State Contest
Storing sweet corn
Time to plan fall container vegetable gardens
Tree planting, maintenance classes offered this fall
Wildlife management seminar set Sept. 1 in Marfa

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