• Tom Bechman

    Truth is Stranger Than Fiction- Especially in Animal World

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 30, 2012

    In the last issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer we promised an update on 4-H pig and lamb farrowings in the Web Exclusive once the February issue reaches mailboxes around Feb 1. You will still see that exclusive. Some have found lambs slow to arrive- the heat last summer didn’t make for efficient cycling and breeding. Several pigs have been pulled in 4-H herds- that’s nothing new with the heavier muscling most judges seek in gilts today. Yet one judge placed a gilt last in a show last…

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    Dress For Success Should Be More Than a Motto

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 23, 2012

    Two adult FFA alumni volunteers, Crystal Cheek and Richard Huffine, came to a meeting of the Franklin FFA Chapter recently to provide a practical demonstration on why dressing properly and using good manners, maintaining good posture and in short, acting professional, is still important today. The FFA members have many contests in the spring of the year, and they're often judged on first impression. Is their jacket zipped? Are they standing straight and engaged with the audience? Is their hair…

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    Where Are All My Friends Going?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 16, 2012

    If you like to read what I write, don't panic. I have no intentions of retiring in the foreseeable future- even in the non-foreseeable future for that matter. My wife, Carla, and I, still have two kids in college and a junior in high school. They don't just hand out those degrees these days without expecting payment up front. I will be working for a long time, Lord and employers willing. That's good. I like to meet people, and I like to write. I've been doing this going on 31 years this…

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    Another Reminder Not to Judge a Book By Its Cover

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 9, 2012

    My wife, Carla, and I ventured into Amish country in southern Indiana near Montgomery recently. There are many stories worth telling from that trip. The one that stands out the most, however, was an incident and conversation I had standing in line at an auction barn waiting to pay for something I purchased. Dinky's Auction Barn will be the subject for another day. At least seven rings were up and going at one time, selling everything from toy tractors to old sofas to lumber to boxes of used…

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    Sometimes The Answer is Right In Front Of Your Nose!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 3, 2012

    I was slow to winterize things around the barn this year where we raise sheep and feeder pigs for my daughter, Kayla’s, meat sales business. Perhaps it was because there weren’t cold stretches early in November and December. It was on my ‘Things to Do’ list, but maybe the priority wasn’t high enough. At any rate, it did drop below 20 degrees F for at night a few weeks ago, and I hadn’t removed the hose from the outside water hydrant. No big deal, I figured…

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