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COUNTRYSIDE: I have been reading your magazine for a long time but have never written (bet you hear that a lot); I figure it is time for me to put my two cents in.

I own a farm in central Missouri and have been here for 13 years. Over that time, I have raised dairy cows, dairy goats, sheep, horses, hogs, etc. I was born and raised in St. Louis but could never go back. The houses are too close together (now my closest neighbor is one mile away), too many cars, too many buildings, too many billboards, and way too many people. My heart is here in the country where I can raise my children, listen to the hogs snort when they are content, hear the chickens carry on when they find a bug, and watch the cranes fly overhead on the way to the pond. I will no doubt die on this land.

Thought I would pass on a tidbit that my late grandmother told me. To keep your chickens laying in the winter, spike their feed with chili powder or red pepper flakes. I have done this since I bought my chickens and always have eggs in the winter.

I recently bought some Angora goats--in my opinion the most beautiful animals I have raised yet. As I said before, I raised sheep before and used their wool for feltwork, but could never master the art of using a drop spindle. Could anyone give advice? This has been a most frustrating situation as I very much want to learn to spin and there seems to be a mental block on this. Any and all advice is much appreciated. Also, anyone who has raised Angoras, could I ask for their opinion on how they raised their goats. I have my own way of feeding and raising, but am open to comments. My way is of course not the only nor the best way.

Thanks so much for your magazine. My family and most friends think I am crazy to live the way I do and it is hard to find others of like mind; Reading COUNTRYSIDE is like hanging with lots of friends whose heart is also in the country and pretty much have the same ideals and goals as I. You can include my mail address and e-mail.--Susan Karpinski-Hill, 17 Prairie Fork Rd., Montgomery City, MO 63361;
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Title Annotation:Country conversation & feedback
Author:Karpinski-Hill, Susan
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Sep 1, 2004
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