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Want to buy a cow? It could live in your backyard and eat the grass. Then you could feed it expensive fermented hay all winter. It could supply all the manure you could ever want — and more. To the point, how would you turn an inconvenient pet into extremely convenient meat?

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Fat cows make a farmer happy; most of the time. A cow with a layer of insulating fat will stay warmer in winter than her thin sister. So I don't like to see bones or ribs on my beef cows.

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Recently, I returned to an old local favorite, Mount Whiteface (4,020 feet) in the Sandwich Range. You know you are heading into the mountains on the Blueberry Ledge Trail, opened in 1899, with its consistent uphill climb, ledge scrambling, and great views in the last half mile and on top as…

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HOLDERNESS — Join the Squam Lakes Association on an afternoon walk out to the beaver ponds of Belknap Woods on Oct. 16 from 4-6 p.m. After a short walk, listen to Lakes Region Conservation Corps AmeriCorps member Jack Van Etten talk about the environmental values of small storage ponds befor…

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As fall progresses more and more of our summer birds are leaving New Hampshire on their way to their winter homes. The humming birds have already left, flocks of ducks are gathering on our lakes as they move southward, and perhaps the most visible of all, the large V-pattern of the Canada go…

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A business of any size needs good middle-managers, and here at Miles Smith Farm, we have a donkey who has promoted herself to "petting-zoo supervisor." She leads a crew of adopted critters who act as farm ambassadors. Because of their small size and gentle natures, they connect with children…

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GILFORD — Gunstock Mountain Resort announces the return of the scenic chairlift ride on weekends to view the amazing fall foliage in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The Panorama Express Quad will run from 10 a.m. to last chair at 3 p.m. starting this upcoming weekend of Oct. 3 and 4, and conti…

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HOLDERNESS — Join the Squam Lakes Association at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest for a guided hike incorporating a variety of survival techniques for situations ranging from getting lost on a trail to remote backpacking trips in the middle of nowhere on Friday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-noon. The …

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A wonderful phenomenon in today’s growing world is the preservation of small properties by land trusts. There are many such organizations in New Hampshire, guaranteeing places to get out in nature outside protected federal land like the White Mountain National Forest.

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Hershey is a chocolate-colored Scottish Highlander who was born in April. He and three other calves are being weaned. These babies spent the summer romping with each other as they grew fat on their mothers' milk. It's now late September and time for them to "move out of the nest."

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HOLDERNESS — The Squam Lakes Association is hosting a virtual, 8th annual Squam Ridge Race this year. Runners and hikers can choose to participate competitively or for fun until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. The 12-mile course is the same as previous years. In addition to awarding prizes to the …

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GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring hikes for adults looking for a fun, socially distanced and safe activity, on Tuesdays this fall.

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BRISTOL — Anyone who has read the Newfound Lake Region Association’s watershed steward journals may already be familiar with the work of the Americorps participants. From monitoring water quality and installing stormwater solutions to maintaining local trails and conserved lands, the pair ha…

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Last week, two more calves were born -- late in the year for Miles Smith Farm. We like our calves born in April or May, so how did we end up with September calves? We bought them. In January, we rented out Washington, one of our Scottish Highlander bulls, to Tyler, a farmer who wanted to bre…

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 GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring fall hikes for adults on Tuesdays this fall. The next scheduled hike will be Sept. 22 at Weeks Woods. Gather at 9:15 a.m. in the Gilford Town Hall lobby before departing for the hike. Hikers should bring a mask. All interes…