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16 Thursday, June 27, 2013 Tri-q News. A unique breed: One man's passion for the preservation and promotion of ByKatelynAsfeld, AgWriter may ask, "What is Normande?" When you drive eastward on Bob L~inge and his wife Diana Highway 55 toward South Haven, own Riverview Ranch and raise you will see a sign with the words around 30 head of Normande beef "Riverview Ranch" and "Nor-cattle. Normande cattle are not mande Beef." Some might notvery common in the Onited States; even see it; others will dismiss it only 3,000 purebreds exist in the without any thought, While some country.. Bob's cows came running as soon as he called them. He sets his cows out to pasture in mid-May to feed off the grass during the summer, Staff photos by Katelyn Asfeld. The Normande cattle breed years in dairy cattle), their feed effi- originated in France. The first ciency (4.7 pounds of feed to every Normande cattle came into the 1 pound gained), calving ease and U.S: in 1964. They are known for vigor (Bob told me of a story of a their good temperament, their cow that gave birth to twins at 18 feed efficiency, longevity, and high years old), climatic adaptability, butterfat and protein content in high roughage performance, and their milk. They have distinctive lean easy-grading carcasses. They markings and can vary in color, also are used in cross-breeding with Bob explained that every cow otherbeefbreeds. has different markings that make Bob keeps five purebred heif- them unique. No two cows looks ers and bulls for breeding stock, the same. and the rest he feeds out for meat Before buying Normande beef, sales or sells them. He sells the Bob raised Angus, Simmental and meat all over the state and coun- Charolais. He bought his first two try. The beef he raises is natural Normande heifers at the BeefExpo with no added growth hormones. in Des Moines Iowa in 1968 just Bob's cattle take about 15 months four years after the breed came to grow out to 1,300 pounds, and into the United States. Bob was they are sold on average $1,500 a the first in Minnesota to have this head. Breeding stock can range breed. He has continued breeding from $1,600-2,000. and raising Normande beef ever Bob is the president of the North since. American Normande Association Bob explained that these cattle, (NANA). As president, he conducts even the bulls, are very easy-going two meetings a year, participates andfuntoworkwith. He described in teleconferences, and attends being chased out of feedlots by the certain events. The goals of NANA other cattle he had, but never with are improving the breed through Normande cattle, genetics and registration and to This breed of cattle works for Bob make the breed well-known in the because of their longevity (up to 10 United States. They also post clas- i-/oday;s low interest rates make it an attractive time to purchase that new home you've been dreaming about. Whether you're buying your first home, or moving to a bigger home, see us for your home loan. Our experienced loan officers will help determine which type of home loan will best fit your needs. And, because we're a local independent bank, we're able to provide a fast response to your loan request. VJ sifieds on their website to promote the sales of livestock. France and Colombia have the highest population of Normande beef. Normande is a dual-purpose breed: they are used for both dairy and beef production. Leave the fireworks advises LENDER KIMBALL/MAIN OFFICE ST. AUGUSTA OFFICE ATWATER OFFICE KANDIYOHI OFFICE 398-3500 251-fi100 974-8861 382-6100 www.harvestbankmn.com Member FDIC Normande beef This Fourth of July do your- self and your family a favor, stay safe and leave the fireworks to the experts, advises the Minnesota Medical Association. "Statistics show, year after year, that they are just so dangerous," said MMA President Dan Maddox, M.D. "Too many young people suf- fer eye and hand injuries from fire- works each summer. We feel the best way to celebrate Indepen- dence Day is to leave the fireworks to professionals." According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on average 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Fourth of July. The most common inju- ries are to hands and fingers. The CPSC reports that fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,600 inju- Calves stay with their mothers until they are weaned in the fall. Before the cattle can enter the United States, the animals need to be quarantined for three months and tested for disease. The impor- tation of semen and embryos from France is becoming an increas- ingly popular method of breeding. Artificial insemination is quicker, easier, and gives greater genetic progress and variety. For more information: North American Normande Association, 748 Enloe Rd., Rewey WI 53580; tel. (608) 943-6091; web www. normandeassociation.com. to the experts, Our luly 4 issue will be printed as usual (early Wednesday morning). Postal delivery to most will be one day late that week because of the holiday. Deadline July 8, 2013 EOE/AA DEPUTY ties treated in U.S. hospital emer- gency departments during calen- dar year 2011. There was an estimated 8,600 firew0rks-related injuries during 2010. "The MMA would prefer that fireworks not even be available, but as long as they are around we encourage everyone to Use extreme caution with them," Maddox said. About the Minnesota Medical Association The Minnesota Medical Associ- ation, is a non-profit professional association representing physi- cians, residents and medical stu- dents.With more than 10,000 mem- bers, the MMA is dedicated to being the indispensable and unified voice of physicians for advancing the practice of medicine, the profes- sion and patient health. Find the MMA online at www.mnmed.org.