An Experienced Life in the Dairy

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For the Ceplina family, selling their dairy cattle last summer was one of the hardest things they had ever done. But Joe and Myra Ceplina needed to get a few irons out of the fire.  With their son, Wade, going off to college it would be impossible to milk their 150 head of Brown Swiss cattle, manage and market their dairy heifer replacements, and manage the feed store/tire shop/gas station they own in downtown Raymondville, Mo.  Retirement seemed like a good idea.

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

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Life is good among the smell of fresh cedar chips, the warm glow of heat lamps and the sound of puppies playing coming from the spacious pens at Watson Ranch, home of Sagecreek Aussies. Jim and Pam Watson are living out a dream on an almost 100-year-old family farm just south of Bolivar, Mo., where they own and operate a purebred Australian Shepherd breeding operation. With six to seven mature females and rotating the breeding schedule so as to have puppies ready for sale is a constant challenge. Pam is constantly researching and staying abreast of the finest lineage to achieve the highest quality of Aussie prodigy and to maintain the level of desired characteristics.

“Agri” is Their “Culture”

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This is the way of life. To live here with all God’s creatures from eagles to deer to our farm animals – this is the best. I always wanted to farm and now I am with my son and grandsons right along beside me,” exclaimed John Oravec II.

Out of the Red. . .Into the Black

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Keeping the Beefmaster herd black has become an adventurous and challenging task for Charles and Evelyn Rieder.  The Rieders have had many types of cattle in their lives, but in recent years, have found their pleasure in black Beefmaster cattle.  “We currently have a black Beefmaster ratio of around 90 percent of our herd,” explained Charles. 
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