The County Farmer Upcoming Events Meet the Animals

September 2012
Volume 4, Issue 6
The County Farmer
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Giant Pumpkin
October 6th
@ Minden Home
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Minden’s Santa
Clause Parade
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Potluck Supper
Fri. Nov. 30th
5:00pm set-up
6:00pm eat
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Elections of
new executives
Jan 17th, 2013
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Richard Taylor
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Meet the Animals
This year we added to our public exposure with a “Make it
Minden” event. We also had a busy year with our ‘petting
zoos’ at local fairs and Canada Day in Minden.
On Canada Day we had the added bonus of ‘free’ ice cream
donated by Kawartha Dairy in the morning and funded by
Minden Parks and Recreation in the afternoon! A welcome
treat on such a hot day! It did not take long to scoop
through 4 tubs of ice cream in the morning which is why
more arrived for the afternoon.
All ‘Meet the Animals’ events were successful and without
incident. Thanks to the hard work of our executive and
volunteers we were able to have an interesting selection of
animals for the public to see. We had an exceptional
amount of variety in our ‘give away’ information thanks to
the efforts of a particular executive member.
Our volunteers excelled themselves this year with additional
work putting up tents for the Haliburton County Fair; one had
to be done twice due to gusty and playful winds!
As always there was considerable interest in the mini
animals, donkeys and horses, as many could not believe they
were full grown! All animals behaved themselves, even the
Make it Minden took place at “Minden Mercantile” ( formerly
McMahon’s) and saw people experiencing some of the farm
related activities like: collecting eggs, shoveling manure and
moving hay bales onto a wagon. Everyone gave it a good try
and had fun doing it. A few animals also put in an
appearance just to round out the event.
It was a good year with most of the executive showing up to
assist at all events. Thank you.
Report by Andrea Coysh
Haliburton County
Executive 2011
President -- Andrea Coysh
Vice-President -- Bryan Barlow
Past President -- Casey Cox
Sheila Robb -- 705-489-4201
OCA Rep -- Ross Warburton
OCA Alternate -- Bryan Barlow
Chris Coysh -- 705-286-6753
Paul Hilyer -- 705-488-2371
Bonnie MacAusland
Jean Neville -- 705-286-2345
Jeanne Parcell-Hughes
Ross Walker – 705-286-2187
Matt Wesley – 705-286-0709
Director & Editor
Richard Taylor
[email protected]
Membership in the
H.C.F.A. & the
V.S.C. (to cover
mileage charges for
the Vet’s visits to
your farm) will expire
on March 31st, 2013.
Please do not let
your membership
Once again we had a great day out for our annual bus trip.
The weather was perfect, lots of sunshine and a gentle
breeze. Besides Farm Association members we had 4 nonmembers that heard about the trip in our advertising.
Our first stop was at Lang Pioneer Village in Keene. Here we
were treated to an informative demonstration at the Grist Mill,
a working flour mill. The steps of flour production were
explained and we were shown the different methods for
producing flour. We were given the opportunity to try for
ourselves milling flour by hand to experience what a labour
intensive activity this was especially if one wanted ‘white
flour’ which required 10 times the effort. Then we were shown
the operation of the mechanics of the mill from bottom to top.
After this we spread out through the village to see the many
different structures including the S.W. Lowry Weaver Shop,
Hotel, General Store, Blacksmith shop to name a few. Alas
there was only time to have a quick view of a few things but it
was decided that this place was worth a whole day! Possibly
this is another future bus trip or maybe just a personal day
After a delicious lunch of fresh BBQ’d hamburgers from the
Lang Food Booth, we were off to Harley Farms less than 5
minutes away.
This unique farm had large numbers of pigs housed outside
year round in 1 acre fields cordoned off with electric fence.
There were little ‘houses’ dotting the landscape providing
shelter for the pigs throughout the year, even in winter. Sows
with their young had their own ‘nursery’ area and they also
farrowed outside in all weather conditions. All the pigs had
access to water and a wallow which some were actively
enjoying much to the amusement of all. The pigs were able to
forage but were also provided with a specially developed feed
in a cube form made, we were told, from grains, grasses and
hay grown on the various Harley Farms. This was done to cut
down on waste. There were also sheep that roamed freely
over the hillsides. Roger Harley provided us with a gracious,
informative and interesting tour.
On our way home, to make the day complete, we stopped at
the Kawartha Dairy in Bobcaygeon for a cold treat.
Report by Andrea Coysh
A bit of useful advice - verified by the
Police (O.P.P.).
Lauren was 19 yrs old and in college.
It was the Saturday before New Year and it was about 1.00pm in the
afternoon. Lauren was driving to visit a friend when an UNMARKED police car
pulled up behind her and put its lights on.
Lauren's parents have 4 children (of various ages) and had always told them
never to pull over to the side of the road for an UNMARKED car, but rather wait
until they get to a service station or busy, bright location, etc. Remembering
her parents' advice, Lauren telephoned 112 from her mobile phone. This
connected her to the police dispatcher. She told the dispatcher that there was
an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her and
that she would not pull over right away but wait until she was in a service
station or busy area.
The dispatcher checked to see if there was a police car where she was and
there wasn't and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had
back-up already on the way. Ten minutes later 4 police cars surrounded her
and the UNMARKED car behind her.
One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They
pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground ... the man was a
convicted rapist and was wanted for other crimes.
Too bad the police and driver training institutes don't give you this wonderful
little bit of information: You do not have to pull over for an UNMARKED
car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a "safe"
place. You obviously need to make some signal that you acknowledge them, i.e.
put on your hazard lights & call 112 like Lauren did.
Also, everyone should know about 112, especially when so many areas around
our county have “dead” mobile zones. Share this with your family and friends.
Sunderland Store:
Hwy 7&12,
Oakwood Ag Centre:
381 Taylor’s Rd,
We have products for you and your horse
and all of your livestock needs!
For your horse:
For other livestock:
We offer Purina Horse Feeds as
Beef & dairy cattle rations and
well as our own Textured Feeds
made at Sunderland Mill
Sheep feeds and supplements,
-Timothy- Alfalfa Cubes
Lamb starter and grower
-Salt Blocks
Goat and kid rations
-Shavings and Stall Deodorizers
Chicken feeds for layers &
-Horse Supplements
broilers (starter & grower)
-Hay Seed and Fertilizer
Turkey & game bird feeds
-Brushes, Halters, Liniments,
A variety of minerals, salts, and
Leather Care
feed (705)357-3491
Hwy 7&12 Sunderland
Road Oakwood (705)953-9660
Horse sweet
Many other livestock supplies in
Sara Jibb, Equine Specialist
[email protected]
store! Come in and check us out!
Please Visit:
131 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden
Kelly Pearce 705-286-2801
… For a great line of Sunderland Co-op
feeds and other supplies!
When shopping at the
locations ONLY, ask us if there
are any special discounts being
offered today.
The Christmas Potluck Supper
The Christmas Potluck will be open to all H.C.F.A.
members and friends, as usual. It will be held at the
Minden Community Centre on Friday Nov. 30th.
Starting at 5:00pm the very creative and generous
cooks will start setting up for the feast and by 6:00pm
the ‘critics’ will start to evaluate the ‘goodies’.
Judging will be easy as platters of delicious morsels get
“licked clean” before anyone else can get back for
second helpings.
One thing that will be different this year is that the usual
after-supper entertainment will NOT be a Chinese
Auction! Hence, we (members) are being asked NOT
to bring goods to contribute for the drawing.
We WILL have an auction, a regular type of auction,
with prizes contributed by the Board of Directors. So
bring MONEY to help in this fund-raiser for your
We hope to see you all there as this is going to be our
last big “togetherness” event of the year. Enjoy!
The Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting will take place at
7:00pm on
Thursday, January 17th, 2013.
There are openings on the board for new
directors and so we are asking you to nominate
members for consideration and election.
Please contact Andrea Coysh 705-286-6753 before the
meeting to submit the name of your candidate.
The Minden Santa Claus Parade
will take place on November 24th this year.
We would like help to build a float for the parade.
Please contact Andrea Coysh 705-286-6753 for details.
Heart Attack in Women:
This article was written by an ER nurse who describes her own experience. It is a gripping description of this event and I
would like to share it with you. I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've
ever read. Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have ... you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the
chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in movies. I had a heart attack at about
10:30 PM with NO prior exertion; NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was
sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent
me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.
A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and
washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the
esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed
to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my
initial sensation--- the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m. After it seemed to
subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was
probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one
presses rhythmically when administering CPR). This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out
into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening --- we all have read and/or heard about pain in
the jaws being one of the signals of an MI (myocardial infarction or heart attack) happening, haven't we? I said aloud to
myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack! I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap,
started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into
the next room where the phone is or anywhere else... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help,
and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment. I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked
slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics (911)... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the
pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She
said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the
door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in. I unlocked the door and then laid down
on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me
onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did
briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the
medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have
you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded
off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my
femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary
artery. I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the
paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St Jude are only minutes
away from my home, and my Cardiologist was all ready to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart
(which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stints. Why have I written all of
this in so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first-hand:
1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men's symptoms but
inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than
men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as
indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the
morning when they wake up ... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like
mine, so I advise you to call the
Paramedics (911) if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt
before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!
2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics (911).' And if you can, take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!
Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER --- you are a hazard to others on the road. Do NOT have your panicked
husband drive you as he will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.
Do NOT call your doctor --- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if
it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the
equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your
Dr will be notified later.
3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered
that an elevated cholesterol reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied
by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all
sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound
sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive. Please be a true friend
and share this article with all your friends (male & female) who you care about!
Classified Ads
Wanted - Looking for a friend to keep my llama company. Good
home, lots of grass. I have experience with horses. Would like a
small pony. Contact Bonnie at 705-754-1477
Live Birds For Sale - English Trumpeter pigeons, Crested Ducks,
Silver laced Cochin Bantams, and Ring Neck Doves. Also available:
Locally Grown Free Range Turkeys (these are already in the
freezer). Phone Jean 705-286-2345
For Sale – 3-point hitch, 7ft hay mower. Good shape. Asking
$500. Contact Hugh at 705-286-2218.
For Sale – HORSE JUMP standards, 6 foot, wood with metal cups,
$75/pair; PLASTIC CUBE standards, 1 or 2 foot, $35/pair;
SUN SHELTER TENT for exhibiting, like new, $75;
ROCKING chair $75, DESK with hutch $50, CORNER cabinet $50.
Offers welcome. Phone: Shirley 705-286-2504 or email
[email protected]
For your information – One of our members,
author Shirley McCormick has two books for sale:
Springfield Place, contemporary novella, 130 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-9731250-3-0 ($18) (e-book version also available),
and: The Estate of Mrs. Pearl Whiteman ($12)
The prices include shipping. Please mail cheque, and your return
address, to: S. McCormick, PO Box 436, Minden ON, K0M 2K0
or contact Shirley at: [email protected] for more info.
For Sale – 1998 Ford pickup, V-8 Triton, 8 ft box, 2 wheel drive,
hitch & electric brake control. $500 as is. Richard 705-286-4877.
The Giant
Pumpkin Weigh-Off
will be on October
6th. There will be
prizes for the
largest pumpkins
as well as prizes for
every child who
enters. Remember
to water your
pumpkins or they
won’t grow.
Classified Ads – members are not charged for ads. Contact
Sheila Robb at 705-489-4201 with the details. If you already
have a standing ad then it would be appreciated if you would
contact Sheila and advise her if you no longer wish your ad to
Canada Post revises delivery zones; Postal Codes
change; Civic addresses (911 numbers) are now to be
used; RR numbers are no longer to be used; P.O. Boxes
supersede civic addresses; folks are late in paying their
membership fees, some join HCFA only, others join Vet
Services & HCFA … . Our mailing dept is going crazy
trying to keep up with who should get a newsletter and
how. If you should and don’t, please give us (Andrea
Coysh 705-286-6753) a call and help us to get it right. In
the meantime, get the latest news at:
The Giant Pumpkin Contest
We are holding the Giant Pumpkin weigh-off at the Minden Home
Hardware on Saturday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m.
The scales will be set up by the Garden Centre. There will be help on hand to move
the heavy pumpkins. (We suggest that carrying them can be made easier by folding a
blanket or tarp, or by using a piece of carpet to lift them.)
The pumpkins will be displayed at Home Hardware for the week.
The First Prize is a $50 gift certificate from Home Hardware.
The Second Prize is a $40 gift certificate from the Minden Mercantile & Feed Company.
The Third Prize is a $30 gift certificate from Pet Tyme.
All children who enter a pumpkin will win a gift certificate for ice cream from
The Kawartha Dairy.
Last year’s winner was a 146 lb. pumpkin grown by Angel Taylor.
This should be a fun event. Good Luck to everyone.
An EMERGENCY NUMBER for your Mobile Phone: 112
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile Phones is 112. If you find
yourself out of the coverage area for your mobile network and there is an emergency,
dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network serving your location to
establish the emergency number for you and, interestingly, this number 112 can be
dialed even if the keypad is locked.
Do NOT test this. One of our members tested this the first time we published this
information. The O.P.P. phoned right away and was told that it was a false alarm. But
they had to visit his home anyway, to see that things were truly O.K. and that it
wasn’t a case of someone being bullied into cancelling an emergency call.
A Smile Improves Face Value
< > The Montana Department of Employment, Division of Labor Standards claimed a
small rancher was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to
investigate him.
AGENT: I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.
RANCHER: Well, there's my hired hand who's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200
a week plus free room and board. Then there's the mentally challenged guy. He works
about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here.
makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of
bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife
AGENT: That's the guy I want to talk to - the mentally challenged one.
RANCHER: That would be me.
Are you interested in joining a Lawn Tractor Pulling 4H Club?
Haliburton County Farmers’ Association is willing to sponsor such a club but there has to be enough
interest to warrant the time needed to start the application process.
If we have enough interested parties then we could have this club up and running by mid-March of
next year (2013) and run until May of same year.
Don’t hesitate. Call Casey Cox, 705-489-4412.
Time is of the essence. We need to act now if we want a 4H Club for next year.
Minden Mercantile and Feed Co. Inc.
<><>< Welcome to Kelly Pearce ><><>
New owner of McMahon’s Feeds ‘n Needs
New Store in Old Building
131 Bobcaygeon Rd 705-286-2801
Kelly requests that if we farmers let her know what
feed we need and how much we will be using, she will
negotiate with manufacturers to see if she can get
supplies at a price that will save us money.
Currently, her introductory special is a free bag of
chick starter or grower for every 10 bag you buy.
“So, tell me, how's your day going so far???"