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Take Advantage of These On Pasture Offers

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By   12 hours ago

Over the last couple months we’ve shared some ways that you can get the word out about your services and products while at the same time supporting On Pasture. In case you missed them, here they are again: Advertising With No Up Front Cost! This idea came to us from one of Kathy’s friends, Richard […]

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You Can Believe This Bumper Sticker

If your bumper sticker is in the same kind of shape, let me know and I'll send you a new one too! And while you're at, send me a picture of your bumper sticker. Rachel and I would love to have a collection of photos! :-)

By   1 week ago

I got to meet a member of the On Pasture Community last week! I was in Harpswell, Maine to visit my husband’s parents, Bob and Ann Williams and they took us to a great seafood restaurant for lunch. We ate lobsters on a picnic table 15 feet from the bay. Afterwards we drove around a […]

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How Do You Get People to Listen to You?

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By   2 weeks ago

A group of parents were sitting around talking about school next year. Some of us had been to the recent Board of Education meeting, and there was a hint of a possibility that they might add a teacher to the fifth grade. This age cohort of children is crowded into four sections, and the hope of […]

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Final Score: 5-0

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By   3 weeks ago

Yesterday evening, after the rains blew through and the sun came out, we went to soccer. An inch or more of rain had come down, but the game was on. Parents sat along the sidelines, cheering on their kids, acknowledging good plays by the other team, and checking in with each other. Younger siblings wrestled on the […]

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Farmers in Discussion Groups Generate Higher Profits

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By   4 weeks ago

That’s a headline from Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. Their analysis of the impact of farmers participating in discussion groups showed that members grossed the equivalent of about $100/acre more than their non-member counterparts. Now, just leaving a comment on a discussion board isn’t a get rich scheme. You have to […]

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How to Reduce Stress on the Farm and Ranch

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By   1 month ago

It’s as easy as checking out On Pasture’s newest Underwriter!

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This is How Summer Starts

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By   1 month ago

There are chores to be done, gardens to tend, and we all know the weeds are up. But in our family, summer doesn’t start until we go to Katimbeaux.

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On Pasture, Like Your Pasture, Powered by the Sun!

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By   2 months ago

Welcome to the first 100% solar-powered grazing magazine! Kathy lives in Arizona, where the sun shines 360 days a year and lots of people collect the sun for power. Her house came complete with solar panels on the roof. Rachel’s house just went solar this past week. With the installation and hook up, we are proud to […]

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    Good Grazing and Soil Health Protection When There’s Too Much Rain

    WAY too much rain here!

    By   12 hours ago

    For much of Indiana, where I live, and a lot of other parts of the country June was quite wet. Some areas had in excess of 10 inches of rain dumped on them. A recent map from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center showed other areas in the 12 to 15 inch range. More than once […]

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    Great Gobs of Gargantuan Grass

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    By   1 week ago

    I’ve got too much grass. Did the grass whisperer just say that? Is there any such thing as too much soil-covering grass? Let me rephrase. I’ve got too much grass that won’t be harvested in a timely fashion and meet industry standards (8 to 10 inches), for proper grazing management. How did this happen? It’s […]

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    Livestock Water Tank Tip

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    By   1 week ago

    Is your water tank full or empty?  Are you going to have to walk out and look? Here’s an easy way to reduce steps and when you’re checking to make sure your livestock still have water.  It takes a jug, a wire or some string, and a good sized rock, all things we’re betting you have […]

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    What is a Grazing Wedge and What Do You Do With It?

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    By   2 weeks ago

    With regular pasture inventories and teh Grazing Wedge you don’t have to guess about how much forage you have coming up in your rotation. Here’s how to use this tool to become a more proactive manager.

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    What is a Pasture Inventory and How Do You Do It?

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    By   3 weeks ago

    There are a variety of ways to figure out how much forage you’ve got. Here Jim Gerrish describes three of them and the one he likes the best.

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    Managing to Keep Up With the Grass

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    By   4 weeks ago

    For many of us this spring, we’ve had typical weather: unpredictable. Forage growth and quality has really been good for some and with some of the early warm days and adequate moisture in most areas, it had the potential to get completely out of control. When that happens, the question of stocking rate is generally one of […]

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    Creating Quality Silvopastures From Wooded Areas

    Regardless of the species of forage plants, trees or livestock, principle of silvopasturing remain the same: each is managed together in a symbiotic, synergistic and sustainable system.

    By   1 month ago

    Silvopasturing is the sustainable (long-term) production of timber, forages and livestock on the same land. Silvopastures are dynamic, symbiotic and intensively managed grazing systems. Scattered shade trees in a pasture, loafing areas to escape the heat and flies, or dense woods with sparse understories of edible plants are not silvopastures. In silvopasture systems, no resource […]

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    Is Your Multi-Wire Fence Too Much For Your Charger?

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    By   1 month ago

    I’ve been asked a handful of times, “Is my multi wire set up too much stress for my fence charger?” Some manufactures rate their chargers in total linear length of wire, and some rate in single/multi wire, so it can be hard to figure out. So let’s look at an example: Let’s say you bought a […]

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      Pasture Health View All →

      When Planning for the Summer Slump, Consider Pearl Millet

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      By   12 hours ago

      While it’s too late for this grazing season, you might want to start thinking about this forage for your summer slump next year.

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      A Green Light for Post-fire Grazing

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      By   1 week ago

      For folks grazing rangelands in the west, a fire can mean that public land managers will require them to keep their livestock off the range for 2 years. But research that shows that’s not necessary for healthy rangelands. Check it out!

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      Can Cattle Control Oxeye Daisy?

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      By   1 week ago

      Can you reduce Oxeye Daisy with grazing management? This rancher decided to figure out if he could train his cows while out on range. Here he describes his training efforts and the results. If you’re working in a large pasture, these tips will help.

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      How Bad Is It When Your Curing Hay Gets Rained On in the Field?

      This is a picture of hay in a field in Australia showing that we ALL fear rain on our hay!

      By   2 weeks ago

      Well, it’s not great, but the changes in it’s quality depend on the amount and duration of the rain. So here’s what you need to know. Plus, if you’re feeding horses with laminitis, this could be just the ticket to keep them safe.

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      Looking For High Protein in Your Summer Mix? Consider Brassicas

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      By   3 weeks ago

      Turnips and radishes with 24% protein make a great addition to summer grasses. Here’s how to graze them once you’ve got them

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      Beware of Feeding Herbicide Treated Hay

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      By   4 weeks ago

      Want to take advantage of all the forage growing in ditches and along roadways? Be sure that it doesn’t come with herbicides that could damage broadleaf plants in your fields or pastures.

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      Foiled Again!

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      By   1 month ago

      If you raise crops followed by cover crops for grazing livestock, or if you’re considering turning cropland into pastureland, this is important information for you! Don’t let the wrong herbicide keep you from grazing!

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      Drought Concerns: Milo & forage sorghum as potential alternatives

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      By   1 month ago

      If you’re in one a region suffering from or potentially looking forward to drought, you may alread be looking at potential alternatives for forage production. Here are some ideas for using Forage Sorghum or Milo spring plantings from Karla Hernandez, a South Dakota State University Extension Forages Field Specialist.  She writes this for iGrow, a service provide by […]

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        Livestock View All →

        Estimating Cattle Age With Dentition

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        By   12 hours ago

        Did you know that cattle don’t get all their permanent teeth until they’re 5 years old? The lower front teeth, known as incisors, come in over a period of years, 2 pair at a time, starting with the two center teeth. This means that you can tell the age of your animals by how many […]

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        Can Cattle Control Oxeye Daisy?

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        By   1 week ago

        Can you reduce Oxeye Daisy with grazing management? This rancher decided to figure out if he could train his cows while out on range. Here he describes his training efforts and the results. If you’re working in a large pasture, these tips will help.

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        Understanding Consequences to Change Animal Behavior

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        By   2 weeks ago

        When someone asks you for help, do you prefer to be asked nicely and then be rewarded with a “thank you” or “nice job?” Or do you prefer they scream to get you moving and then criticize you when you’re finished? What ridiculous questions! We all prefer to be treated with respect. Yet, think how […]

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        Low-Stress Animal Handling How-To Videos

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Wouldn’t it be nice to see low-stress handlers in action so that you can pick up their techniques and use them at your place? Here are some videos that do just that for you.

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        Tips for Being Safe Around Livestock

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        By   4 weeks ago

        Some tips for interacting with bulls as well as an “animal/English dictionary” of what your livestock are saying and what your response should be.

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        What Chicken Should I Raise?

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        By   1 month ago

        Many pasture-based poultry producers raise Cornish Rocks, the same bird raised in confinement and bred for rapid growth, a double breast, easy cleaning and other traits important to that production system. But are these the best birds for pasture? Does their lethargy, weak legs, sensitivity to heat, and potential for heart attack reduce their performance?  Would other breeds […]

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        Why Pigs Fall Apart on Pasture

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        By   1 month ago

        Editors Note: This piece comes to us from David Fogle of Spring Hill Farms in Newark, Ohio.  David grew up raising hogs and began raising them on pasture in 1999. He primarily works with Tamworths, selling them director customers and as breeding stock and feeder pigs. You can learn more by downloading his free pig […]

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        Expose Animals to Poor-Quality Foods Early in Life for Life-Long Success

        In mid-summer, rangeland forage quality can drop. If animals have experience with poor quality forage, they are better able to deal with this situation.

        By   2 months ago

        In every animal’s life there will come a time when they need to survive on less than the best. If they’ve tried it out when they’re young, they’ll thrive anyway.

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          Money Matters View All →

          Transferring Farm Assets or Retiring From Farming: Tax Tips When You’re Gifting or Inheriting

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          By   12 hours ago

          Editors Note: This is Part Two on the ins and outs of U.S. Tax Law when passing on your farm and assets. Part One covered what happens when you sell them.  Gifting If you are giving a farm asset as a gift, the receiver gets the asset as well as the tax basis (the amount […]

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          Transferring Farm Assets or Retiring From Farming: Tax Tips When You’re Selling

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          By   1 week ago

          Farmers and others interested in maintaining the working landscape need to plan carefully in order for farms to be successfully transferred. This is true if the transfer is within a family from one generation to the next or between unrelated, retiring and beginning farmers. One of the most important aspects of a successful transfer is […]

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          Getting Down on the Farm: Navigating the Cost-Prohibitive Realities of Farmland

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          By   2 weeks ago

          Do you remember what a junior high dance party was like? It may be too far in the rearview mirror for some of you, so I’ll refresh your memory. The girls are on one side, talking and keeping each other company while the boys are trying to look cool with their hands in their pockets […]

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          How to Get Your First Farm Loan

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          By   3 weeks ago

          Here’s what lenders are looking for and what you can expect as you go through the process of borrowing money from a bank. It’s good information even for those who’ve gotten loans in the past.

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          Developing a Lease Agreement You Can Relate To

          By   3 weeks ago

          Farm lease agreements can be complex legal documents, but they don’t have to be.  Behind every legal provision there is a meaning, a purpose and a potential benefit to both parties of having such language in the lease.  I sometimes work through lease agreements with farmers or landowners, and witness their eyes glazing over when […]

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          Market Research Makes Your Business Plan Work

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          By   4 weeks ago

          Market Research may seem daunting at first. That’s why Rosalie Wilson created this Market Research Workbook. It starts you on the journey with small steps to help you consider your product, the people buying it, and your competition, to ensure that you’ll end in success.

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          247,000 People Line Up To Watch Cows Head to Pasture

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          By   1 month ago

          When folks in Denmark wanted to point out the difference between organic milk production and conventional methods, they decided to let the cows themselves tell the story.  That’s how “Organic Day” was born. It marks the beginning of the grazing season for organic dairy farms that are required to let their cows out on pasture […]

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          Farming the Most Beautiful Place in the World

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          By   1 month ago

          If you have your own farm or ranch, it might be the most beautiful place in the world. And you’re probably not selling it any time soon. But what if you are looking for a place? Or what if you’ve decided that it’s time to move on, maybe retire, maybe farm in a different place? For […]

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            Taste Bud

            Let the tasting begin!

            By   12 hours ago

            There are occasions within agriculture where you get to try new things. You may be thinking that I got to run some new piece of equipment or experience an innovative technique which could make life a bit easier and more profitable. While I wouldn’t scoff at either option, the truth of the matter is that […]

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            Livestock Water Tank Tip

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            By   1 week ago

            Is your water tank full or empty?  Are you going to have to walk out and look? Here’s an easy way to reduce steps and when you’re checking to make sure your livestock still have water.  It takes a jug, a wire or some string, and a good sized rock, all things we’re betting you have […]

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            Graze Or DIE

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            By   2 weeks ago

            Over a year ago, a friend of mine who is interested in health and nutrition gave me an article entitled “Change or die”. Originally published in the May 2005 issue of Fast Company magazine, it was authored by Alan Deutschman, who has since written a book with the same title. The article was focused on […]

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            Re-purposing the Brassiere

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            By   3 weeks ago

            Have you ever wanted to see a Nobel Laureate with a bra on his head? Well, here’s video of three of them wearing bras as face masks. Its the result of some great outside-the-box thinking by a women who realized her bra could provide emergency protection in disasters like Chernobyl, 9/11, and Fukushima. We hope she’ll inspire you to think big too!

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            Eat Chocolate to Lose Weight

            For dietary reasons, of course. Chocolate has many important properties.  Speeding up weight loss? Maybe not.

            By   4 weeks ago

            You know we at On Pasture love science, and we love chocolate too. Here the two meet in a story of why you need to beware of where your information comes from and why you should always ask questions. Don’t be hoodwinked into eating more chocolate!

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            Feeding 9 Billion People Starts with Rescuing Produce

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            By   1 month ago

            Did you know that if the price of Florida tomatoes drops on a certain day, as much as 120,000 pounds of tomatoes heading from Mexico to the United States might be thrown into landfills? Here’s how that’s being changed in one border town.

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            Are You Okay?

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            By   1 month ago

            Mental illness is scary because it strikes at the very heart of who we think we are. When our bodies fail us, it’s a matter of adjusting to the physical limitations, or changing our diet, or taking a medication that will balance everything out again. I’m still me with a broken leg, a new heart valve, […]

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            Should We Let Pandas Go Extinct?

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            By   2 months ago

            Saving the planet’s creatures from extinction is something we all strive for. But it turns out that it’s not such an easy thing to do. We like this video because it looks at what it takes to save a species and the costs involved. Are you a tablet reader?  Here’s your link.   Click to […]

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              Ride Off Into the Sunrise

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              By   12 hours ago

              Maybe it makes more sense?

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              What Really Goes On At This Bistro?!

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              By   1 week ago

              This is a sign I drive past in Tucson almost every time I run errands. And every time I see it, the agriculture part of my brain does a double take. What are they doing at this bistro?! And is that a good place to do this kind of thing?   And then I see […]

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              Family Friendly Celebrity Nude Photo Leaked

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              By   2 weeks ago

              Really you can show your kids this one…unless they don’t know the truth about Kermit the Frog!

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              How to Properly Pose With Statues

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              By   3 weeks ago

              If you’re like us, you’ll be thinking about what statues you have nearby so that you can start posing too!                            

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              A New Crop of Potatoes

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              By   4 weeks ago

              Now that potatoes are deemed healthy, here’s a variety we might want to raise.

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              Smart Cows

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              By   1 month ago

              Some folks think cows don’t learn. Looks like the joke’s on them! These cows pump their own water, open gates and doors, paint, play ball and more! And the link for our tablet readers.

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              Tearable Puns

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              By   1 month ago

              I think that most puns are terrible.  These are are tearable too. (Click to see it full size.)

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              Dairy Math

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              By   2 months ago

              Fractions – they were always hard math to figure out….

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