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Building a Legacy: Shaffer’s Goldrush

Love what you do and do what you love. This epitomizes Terry Shaffer’s life. He has the heart and soul of a person passionate about the show pig industry. His contagious enthusiasm has been passed along to his daughters Aimee and Lynsee, who are both involved with Shaffer Goldrush, a show pig industry leader born out of the Shaffer swine production operation located near Albany, Indiana. It started slowly with Terry’s father, Clyde Shaffer Sr., who started modestly with five Duroc gilts and rented farm in the early 1960s. Clyde subsidized his swine and farming start up by working in ...

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Continuing the Hereford legacy, Craig Huffines

After college graduation, Craig Huffhines, Executive Vice President of the American Hereford Association, went to work his first and only place of employment. His master’s program included overseeing a project funded by the AHA. The breed association he now heads up was so impressed with him, they hired him. He shares his tips for success and fondly recalls the mentors and opportunities that led him to the last 17 years spent with the AHA. “Make sure you get involved, get internships, and do everything you can to impress your superior,” he says. “The saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s ...

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Animal Adjustments

Chances are you’ve seen, or at least heard of a chiropractor. But did you know some can work on your animal, too? While growing up, one of Dr. Darcy Goode’s horses had a tree fall on it during a storm. From then on, the horse would buck every time someone attempted to ride her. Upon another horse owner’s suggestion, her family called a chiropractor. After a few visits, the horse was able to be ridden again. Years later, Goode realized she wasn’t interested in the radiology degree she earned, and was looking for a different path.  She began looking into ...

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Making Hay

It could be the next best thing to sliced bread for livestock. Forage hay is one of the key food groups for cattle, horses, sheep and goats. It meets the nutritional requirements for most classes of livestock species and when pasture growth is scarce, as it has been across the nation for several years, hay is essential to a farm animal’s diet. For show livestock, hay is a component of every day feeding because it can fill the animal without making additional weight. Cattle and the majority of livestock are designed to graze pastures but when there are no forage ...

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