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Do you have a farmer or a farm family on your Christmas list this year? No two farmers or farm families are exactly alike, of course. But there are many practical gifts that almost any farm family would appreciate. Here are 10 ideas: Good winter boots: This is essential for anyone who spends long hours outside in the winter, especially those of us with livestock. My family likes Muck Boots, which offers styles for a variety of temperature ranges and sizes, but there are other popular brands. Boots that keep toes toasty in even the frigid winters are good gifts for anyone.
I didn't grow up in the country. Yes, I grew up on a farm and ranch. But to say it's in the "country" would be misleading at best. From my parent's house, you can get to Walmart or McDonald's in about five minutes. Houses line the horizon and block out any views that could be considered majestic. So moving out into the actual country was a new experience for me.
RICHARDTON, N.D. — As drought spreads across the upper Great Plains, some cattle producers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana are reducing their herds. Joe Vetter, a field representative for Herreid Livestock, calls the situation in northern South Dakota "very grim." "There's virtually been no moisture, even starting in the month of April," he says. "Ten or 15 hundredths, maybe." The latest Drought Monitor, released June 8, shows all of North Dakota in at least abnormally dry conditions, with 13.54 percent in severe drought and 73.92 in moderate drought.
LAMOURE, N.D. — Kelly Klein likes to watch cattle sales while he eats dinner. Back in January 2015, he saw some "wild, longhorn-looking cattle, rodeo looking cattle" out of Loup City, Neb. There was something he liked about the red-and-white-paint bull that came through the ring as he watched on his computer screen. "He looked like he was built right, had a little fire to him. He looked kind of wild," Klein says. So he bought him.