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Agriculture

  • The 2017 Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale surpassed 2016 totals with $926,080

    The 2017 Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale surpassed 2016 totals with $926,080 paid to FFA and 4-H exhibitors.

    The two-weeklong show concluded March 22 with an auction of 357 hogs and steers. The total number of livestock sold was down from 385, but more than the $918,000 sold the previous year.

    Marti Smith, Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale bookkeeper, said there were 233 hogs, 42 fat steers and 82 feeder steers sold this year. That does not count other livestock, such as sheep, that were sold, but not at the auction.

  • FFA Alumni Rodeo

    The Suncoast Credit Union presents the 6th Annual Chiefland FFA Alumni Rodeo April 21-22 at 8 p.m. at Lotoma Ranch. Other corporate sponsors include Chiefland Farm Supply, Ace Hardware, Alliance Dairies and Alliance Grazing Group.

    Events include junior barrel racing, bull riding, team roping, calf roping, breakaway and a calf scramble for ages 10 and under.

    The $60 entry fee for each event must be paid by 7 p.m. each night. The fee to enter the junior barrel racing is $25.

    For more information, please contact Jenifer Butler at 352-316-0146.

  • 2017 Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Show

    Note: First place showmanship belt buckles in all divisions were donated by Kloverleaf Tack, Kathy Inman in Williston.

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  • Weather takes a toll on melons

    Freezing temperatures took its toll on watermelon crops last week in Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, north Marion and west Alachua counties.

    Fortunately, a lot of melons were yet to be planted. 

  • 65th Suwannee River Fair continues until March 22

    The Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy Counties 65th annual Suwannee River Fair began Saturday with ribbons awarded for rabbits, swine, poultry, horses, goats and heifers, Agriculture Life and dog show. As of press time, the winners of each group are listed.

  • Bronson FFA does well in horse judging

    Bronson Middle FFA Chapter participated in the Horse Judging Career Development Event Feb. 4 at the Canterbury Arena in Newberry, Florida. The team consisted of Brinley Bedford, Rochelle Stancil, Delia Creel and Jackson Asbell. 

  • Show results from the first weekend of livestock show

    The following are the week one results from the Suwannee River Fair. 

     

    RABBIT

  • Alumni FFA Rodeo starts Friday

     The Suncoast Credit Union presents the 6th Annual Chiefland FFA Alumni Rodeo April 21-22 at 8 p.m. at Lotoma Ranch. Other corporate sponsors include Chiefland Farm Supply, Ace Hardware, Alliance Dairies and Alliance Grazing Group. 

  • Griner wraps up 2016 on high note

    Ken Griner is one busy man.

    He rises before the sun, saddles up a horse, heads out to take care of cattle that is part of a new venture, Florida Cattle Ranches, LLC. A little later he will clean up and head to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meeting with his wife, Lynetta Usher Griner, a recent winner of the state Agriculture Woman of the Year.

    Or maybe he will have a meeting with a marketing consultant on a new website for the family company, Usher Land & Timber.

  • Bull auction returns to Hardee Farm with new breed

    One hundred and twenty-nine bulls went for top dollar last Wednesday at a bull auction in Chiefland.

    The scene at the Hardee farm, hosted Chris Hardee, had the familiar trappings of a classic livestock auction, with a professional group of auctioneers led by Tommy Barnes.

    But the bulls on offer were the proud product of a new future-oriented effort in cattle breeding for a group of four cattle operators, including Hardee and Ken Griner of Chiefland’s KG Cattle.