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Looking Back: Livestock Show Memories

Farm kids remember the days when they showed livestock at the DeKalb County 4-H Fair. Even if it’s been 60+ years. Their prized animals were selected from their farm herd or purchased in hopes of showing their finest livestock. After the fair, their show animals returned to the farm. We asked these ...read more

Show Biz – Roach Brothers

Nick Roach vividly remembers his first year of showing sheep. Days before the 4-H fair he sheared the thick fleece of wool from his young ewe in preparation for the show. It’s then when he realized his sheep was “really skinny.” “I placed second to last at the show,” explained Nick. ...read more

History of DeKalb County 4-H Fair Livestock Show

The DeKalb County 4-H Fair Livestock Show has been held at various locations over the years. For many years the 4-H Fair was held in conjunction with the Sycamore Farmer’s Club Jr. Fair and local Granges. The Sycamore Farmer’s Club Jr. Fair ran from 1940-2006. From the early 1930s to the ...read more

In Memory of Allan Aves

Farm Bureau lost a dear family member and respected leader with the passing of Allan Aves. Allan was a lifelong member of Farm Bureau and served for 18 years on the Board of Directors, of which nine years he led the organization as president, from 1977 to 1986. Allan was DeKalb ...read more

Farms Hurt by COVID-19

Pork Farms Challenged with Shipping Pigs Ron Ness planned to ship a load of pigs to the JBS meat plant in Beardstown in April. But couldn’t. His load of pigs wasn’t accepted because they were lighter in weight than other loads under contract with the meat packer. And the plant was starting ...read more

DeKalb County Veterinarian: Young Swine Vet of the Year

Dr. Wesley Lyons of DeKalb was honored with the Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) in March. The award was presented to Dr. Lyons during the 51st Annual Meeting of the AASV in Atlanta, GA. It is given annually to an AASV ...read more

Farmers “Essential” to Growing Our Food

We salute local farmers who continue to stay strong duringthese unsettling times. Wes & Andy Barshinger, WatermanRonnie Ziegler & Art Bingham, ClareMike & Duane Boesche, WatermanBen, Tyler & David Drake, SycamoreKeith & Kevin Herrmann, HinckleyWarren Nesler, Kevin Hughes & Jeff Nesler, GenoaRoger & Jim Nelson, MaltaMike & Jenna Spychal, MaltaHarold & ...read more

Dairy Girl

From a DeKalb farm to Purina, Dr. Katie Boesche is all about dairy. “Growing up in the dairy industry I always appreciated the dedication, perseverance and tenacity of dairy farmers and I knew I wanted to support this business in some way,” said Katie Boesche, Ph.D. “My family’s dairy farm helped ...read more

Leeson Gord Elected to Farm Bureau Board

Leeson Gord, a 7th generation farmer from Sandwich, was newly elected to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He was seated at the annual meeting of the organization held Feb. 24. “It’s important to be involved and be willing to serve,” said Leeson. “I hope to be an ...read more

Grain Lacks Quality, Farmers Haul Grain

Last year’s crop continues to plaque farmers with grain storage problems at area farms. Farmers put grain in their storage bins last fall dealing with higher than normal moisture levels, partly because of the late maturing crop and lack of in-field drying. Vickie Hernan-Faivre monitors the grain being stored at JP Faivre ...read more