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farm news for kids reporter

Farm News for Kids Reporter

Farm News for Kids teaches kids more about life on the farm. It is a resource for kids to learn more about livestock, crops and machinery throughout the United States. We encourage kids to watch our Farm News TV and listen to our upcoming podcasts to learn how-to demonstrations and more from the Farm News for Kids Reporter.

Raking Hay

Farm News for Kids Reporter and Mom taking a break from raking hay.

Myself, Melanie and my son Cole are the voices behind Farm News for Kids. We live on a large family farm in Northwest Missouri with my husband and Cole’s Dad, Ryan. I grew up just a few miles down the road on my parent’s farm where they raise crops and cattle. I enjoyed participating in 4-H and FFA where I learned a lot of valuable farm life lessons. I also enjoyed showing horses in western pleasure and showmanship.

The Farm News for Kids Reporter, Cole, is a very active kid and such a worker when it comes to the farm! He loves to help with anything and is very knowledgeable when it comes to anything from working on the machinery to planting a garden. He even has his own “mini farm” in the garden this year at his Grandma-ma and Pa’s farm. He enjoys spending a lot of time there and he has helped his Grandma-ma plant some pretty impressive gardens. Of course, we’ll share more gardening tips and photos of the gardens. He’ll be reporting on everything he knows about farm life and learning more along the way with you!

planting potatoes

Farm News for Kids Reporter planting potatoes.

At our farm we raise Angus cattle, horses, chickens, guineas, ducks and have a slew of cats we enjoy. The Farm News for Kids Reporter, Cole, has also started his own small cattle herd with 3 heifers artificially inseminated (AI) to calve in the spring of 2014 and a funny cow named Sis. Our horses include Smoky, a grey gelding that I have had since he was 6 months old. He is now 21 years old and spunky as ever. We also have an 8 year old buckskin gelding, Jake, and a chestnut, Hector, who is sadly suffering from moon blindness. Hector is now blind in one eye but he seems to still be the pasture boss.

hen laying eggs

One of our broody hens.

We raise Blue Laced Red Wyandotte chickens that we have come to enjoy very much. Our chickens are free range. They roost in the hen house at night and we shut the door until we let them out at sunrise. We have around 50 chickens with our smallest being a few weeks old that we hatched ourselves from our own rooster, Chester. Chester is a funny rooster. He tries to strut around like he’s tough but we can easily pick him up and carry him around. We also have 12 ducks. Seven of our ducks are the breed Pekin and five are what I believe are Ancona ducks. One of the Ancona ducks we raised and hatched ourself. The others were Orscheln specials! We are currently in the process of building a duck pond that Cole’s Nanna helped dig. It’s quite a project but the ducks will sure appreciate it. We also have two guineas that are quite funny. They seem to keep the predators away for now with their unusually loud noise they make.

Our cats we love so much. They go indoors and outdoors most of the day. Sylvester is the oldest that we have had for about 7 years since he was a kitten. We also have Wally, Soft Paws, Stinky and Alfalfa. Of course, we’ll share more about all of our pets!