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Should we transplant this? Found in the middle of a field.
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Isn't that unusual?
"Rivendale Farms combines sustainable farming with innovative techniques and technology. The farm team raises animals and crops to create high quality products from the creamery, the gardens, the apiary, and the sugar house."

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Welcome to country living... on the Internet.

This satellite, the EchoStar 19, just boosted our satellite internet experience. Exede (ViaSat) used to be the only game in town (12mbps down, 3mbps up). We knew the competition was coming, and HughesNet just up'ed the game (25mbps down, 3 mbps up). Speedtest is often giving me 40+mbps down, but I am sure that will change as folks adopt the technology.

VPN works. VOIP phone service that we bought as well seems to work fine. Wife is happier.

The downside is... it's still satellite internet. There is a cap on consumption, but it is far better than in the past: 50GB anytime and 50GB additional from 2am to 8am. After you exceed that it goes to dial-up speeds.

The other downside is that I heard HughesNet customer service is terrible. ViaSat's customer service was pretty good, so I can't complain about that. Exede is still a good option, but now... they have competition.

http://www.space.com/35075-echostar-19-high-speed-internet-satellite-launch-webcast.html

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Some time ago we purchased a very poorly designed solar energizer dolly from one of the top fencing companies. We finally remedied the situation by adapting an $80 utility cart. Should have done this a long time ago.

We now have one less annoyance in our managed grazing process. We hope this gives others some ideas.
Utility cart -based portable solar fence energizer.
We abandoned the commercially supplied dolly that was so poorly designed.
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Utility cart -based portable solar fence energizer.
We abandoned the commercially supplied dolly that was so poorly designed.

#ManagedGrazing #BeyondBees #OMGSheep!
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Todd made a mineral feed thing.
Needs some adjustments (a bit tall and deep for their reach).
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Todd made a thing.
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Tick laying in wait for it's next host.

Host-less ticks climb to the end of a blade of grass or other vegetation and extend several sets of legs. They wait for an animal to pass by and brush up against it in which case, as can be imagined, they will latch onto the passing victim.

There is a lot of patience involved in this process, though we're unsure if a tick ever becomes impatient or bored. It's a lot of waiting for something that must be a failure more often than a success.
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