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February 19, 2016

Manure Spreader Weather Vane

Some years ago, Bernard Hanson of Wrenshall, Minnesota turned an old horse-drawn manure spreader into a giant weather vane. I guess, because, why not.

He says, "It takes only a slight gust of wind to spin the spreader around so it faces into the wind."

I was curious whether the manure spreader weather vane could be seen on Google Street View, but where Hanson lives is so out-of-the-way that the Google Car hasn't got there yet. Though there is a satellite view.


via Farm Show

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 19, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Farming

July 28, 2015

Cattle Delivery Via Motorcycle

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I really wish this practice had caught on, for I would be delighted to be driving down a highway and see such a sight.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 28, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Farming, Inventions, 1920's, Motorcycles

July 1, 2015

Exploding Chickens

Spontaneously exploding chickens startle German farmer.

The Ogden Standard - Nov 17, 1950



Farmer Reports Hens Explode With Loud Bang
LUNEBERG, Germany, Nov 17 (UP) — An excited farmer told police today that some of his chickens "exploded with a loud bang while running across the barnyard."
An investigation showed that the chickens ate bits of carbide left behind by allied soldiers during fall maneuvers, later drank some water and the resulting gas blew them to bits.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 01, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Farming, Explosives, 1950's

April 26, 2015

2015 North American Manure Expo

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Not just a manure expo, but the 13th annual manure expo. Also, they held a slogan contest. I have no doubt that our community here on WU can come up with some interesting slogans. Slogans better than the ones at the link I bet. How about it guys?

Posted By: patty - Sun Apr 26, 2015 - Comments (13)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Farming

April 10, 2015

The Popular Pickle



There is so much to love about this video, from the whimsical music which makes it seem as if the cucumbers are just going on holiday, instead of being wrenched from their happy fields and families, then sliced and seasoned for consumption by monstrous hairless apes, to the very phrase "pickle packer." The one omission, understandable in light of 1950s' reticence, is no mention of the cucumber as sex toy.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 10, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Regionalism, Advertising, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Farming, Vegetables, 1950's

February 10, 2015

The hen that laid an egg shaped like a light bulb

Rural electrification brought many benefits. But one of its stranger effects occurred on the Kentucky farm of Albert Clark in 1939. One of his hens stared and stared at the new light bulb hanging in the hen house, as if hypnotized by it. Then she laid an egg shaped like a light bulb. Clark sent the egg to the Rural Electrification Administration in D.C. as proof of what had occurred. This was big news in 1939.


Spokane Daily Chronicle - Jan 28, 1939


Harrisburg Sunday Courier - Feb 5, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 10, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Farming, 1930's

March 27, 2014

The Pig Swing



Alas, today's factory farming of pork precludes such luxury treatment.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 27, 2014 - Comments (19)
Category: Animals, Farming, Technology, 1960's

March 26, 2014

Gay’s Lion Farm



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For almost 20 years, the only commercial lion breeding facility (and tourist attraction) "in the world."

The Wikipedia entry.

Article from 1926.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 26, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Farming, Sightseeing, 1920's, 1930's, 1940's

February 18, 2014

Elm Farm Ollie Day


Feb. 18 is Elm Farm Ollie Day, commemorating the first flight in a plane by a cow. An article posted over at rootsweb.ancestry.com tells us that Elm Farm Ollie (aka Sunnymede Ollie, Nellie Jay, or Sky Queen) is remembered each year at the dairy festival in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin:

Celebrated as a pasteurized legend of the pasture, Ollie has for 60 years remained the star attraction at the Feb. 18 dairy festival held each year at Mount Horeb, Wisc. In addition to having her praises sung in such works as "The Bovine Cantata in B-Flat Major" (from Madame Butterfat) and the stirring "Owed to Ollie," she has been the subject of stories, cartoons and poems. E. D. Thalinger even painted her portrait for posterity.


A 1930 news-wire story provided details about the historic flight:


Will Milk Cow in Air
Claude M. Sterling, of Parks Air college, will pilot Sunnymede Ollie, Guernsey from Bismarck, Missouri, over the city in a tri-motored Ford.
The cow will be fed and milked and the milk parachuted down in paper containers. A quart of milk will be presented to Colonel Lindbergh when he arrives.
Weighing more than 1000 pounds, the cow will be flown to demonstrate the ability of aircraft. Scientific data will be collected on her behavior.
-The Evening Tribune (Albert Lea, Minn.) - Feb. 18, 1930.

More info at wikipedia and mustardmuseum.com.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 18, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Farming, Air Travel and Airlines, 1930's

January 23, 2014

The Cow Song

Elizabeth McGovern takes a break from her role in Downton Abbey to sing about cows.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 23, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, Farming

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