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Farmers care about their animals: Tipsy, our special cow


Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Meet 1226. She may just look like an ordinary calf to you, but to us, she has a special history. Her mom is 639, a good cow, keeps to herself, and milks like crazy. But who I (Alicia) really want to tell you about is her grand-dam, 477. 477 was born in 2004. She had a twin sister (476). Now we aren’t quite sure if she was oxygen deprived at birth or got stepped on by mom, but when we found her in the morning there was something just not quite right. She was able to hold her head up, but it tipped significantly to one side. She was a fighter, and head tilt or not, she wanted a bottle and to get up and walk around. Now we put her in a dome hutch, which is a giant circle hutch. It took us awhile to get her trained on the holder. She would lose the nipple and then have to spin a whole circle around to get back to it. It took her forever to eat, but that didn’t stop her, she’d be out there nursing on the bottle, spinning a circle, and back on her bottle. It was then that she got dubbed the name, Tipsy, and it fit. We decided that since there was nothing else wrong with her besides her head tilt, she would go to our heifer growers until she was ready to calve in about two years. Now, thankfully they care about our calves, just as much as we do. They took special care of her, and she came back about two months before she was due to calve. She still had that head tilt, almost like how a dog will tip its head to look at you, that was the same look you got from Tipsy...all the time! Now what a normal cow could figure out pretty quickly, it took Tipsy a little extra time. At the time she calved in, we were milking in the step-up parlor, which meant Tipsy had to step up onto a platform and stick her head through a head lock so we could milk her. Well, we got her to step half up on the platform, and then she just stood there turning her head left and right, trying to figure out how the heck she was supposed to get her head through this space. It took her a while but finally she figured it out. Thankfully Tipsy was not a wild cow by any means (probably because of all the special treatment she had received) so she figured the whole milking thing out quickly and was on her way. She would always mosey in while we were milking other cows, and wait for a stall to open up (of course there was lots of head scratching while she waited) and then she would hop up, tip her head back and forth until everything lined up and then she stuck her head through. Now, Tipsy was with .....
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Farmers’ Market season just weeks away

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

It may be hard to tell, given the dismal start to spring and winter’s icy grip on our area, but local farmers’ markets are just weeks away from opening. Market organizers are working to bring in vendors of all sorts and customers are equally as e ..... 
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Multi-species cover cropping field day

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — A multi-species cover crop field day will take place on Wednesday, November 6, at the David and Sue Larson farm south of Rushford. This Land Stewardship Project (LSP) event will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and is free and open ..... 
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Field days feature local landowners’ habitat enhancement projects

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Two field days to be held on October 12 and 26 in the Rushford/Houston area will provide landowners with information on the options for habitat enhancement, how to protect and restore rare features of southeast Minnesota’s landscape, the plan deve ..... 
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Farmers Co-op Elevator Company Breaks Ground for Grain Facility Expansion

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Earlier this month the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company broke ground for an additional 750,000 bushel storage bin at its South Fork location in the Village of Rushford, Minn. Last year Farmers Co-op added a 514,000 bushel storage bin, 4,700 bu ..... 
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Names and Bling for the Owlets

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Karla Bloem Houston, Minn. -- The three owlets hatched in March as part of the International Owl Center’s Great Horned Owl breeding project now have names as well as bands. As a condition of the state and federal permits required for the pro ..... 
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MnWARN coordinators visit Fillmore County for presentation

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Nearly six years later, the vivid images of the devastating floods of 2007 are still fresh in the minds of many across southeastern Minnesota, especially those who lived in the community of Rushford at the time. Even though seventeen inches of rain ..... 
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Rushford offers option for MPCA issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Kirsten Zoellner The 814 North Mill Street property of Jon Dammen has been on Rushford’s radar for a number of years. A remaining private septic system within the city limits, it has been racking up fines from Minnesota Pollution Control Agenc ..... 
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Challenging corporate abuse of power brings citizens together

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Over 100 farmers, small business owners and other rural residents came together in Rushford last night at a Land Stewardship Project (LSP) meeting to discuss how excessive corporate power negatively affects almost every aspect of ..... 
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