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Things you didn't learn in school about cows ... can now be learned in a school about cows.

I suspect many homesteaders who acquire beef or dairy cattle for the first time have found themselves in the situation of their stock not getting pregnant, and if they do, are apprehensive about the possibility of playing midwife to birthing problems. How can one tell if that bull you are interested in is a stud or a dud? If only there were a school that teaches this type of stuff.

Well, there is. The Graham School for Livestock Operators (RR 1, Box 50, Garnett, KS 66032, ph. 913-448-3119) was founded in 1909 to make those with cattle more knowledgeable about their stock and more self-reliant.

Course topics include diagnosing pregnancy, delivering problem calves, artificial insemination, barren cow treatment, removing the placenta, disease control, buying breeding stock and a number of other related areas. All training is as hands-on (or as hands-in) as they can make it, taught by highly experienced instructors. As an example of their thoroughness, they obtain reproductive and other organs from a processing plant, which are dissected by the students to illustrate normal and abnormal conditions.

I have not yet attended this school, but spoke with three who have and all three gave it rave reviews for the subject matter, teaching methods and its application back home. On request, the school will provide the names and addresses of former students in your area.

The 5-1/2 day long course is currently $595 ($1,000 for a couple attending together) and economical lodging is available in the area. Course costs can be paid on an installment basis and includes a lifetime membership which allows you to reattend the school as often as desired on a space available basis at no additional tuition costs.
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Author:Scharabok, Ken
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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