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January 23, 2019

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DNA Testing For Bossie And Bessie

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Angelina, a Miles Smith Farm Scottish Highlander cow, was DNA tested to determine her sire.


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Scottish Highlander cow, Angelina, with her calf, Riley, at Miles Smith Farm. Determining the paternity of a calf can be done with a DNA test. 


When calves are born at Miles Smith Farm in March and April, it's obvious who their moms are. They'll be nursing, protecting and generally fussing over them. But, as sometimes occurs among humans, identifying the father can be harder.


Thank goodness we live in the 21st century when DNA testing is cheap and easy. Yes, DNA testing for cattle is “a thing.”


We farmers like to micro-manage the sex lives of our cattle. To prevent male calves from impregnating a cow, most of them are castrated. These steers can then share a pasture with the cows without worry of unplanned pregnancies. 


Occasionally, a bull calf is distinctive. Maybe his sweet nature and his exemplary physique make him a good prospect for breeding. In that rare case, he won't be castrated and will be able to be a father. But I'll try to sell or trade him because he'll have too many relatives here, and inbreeding is not good for the quality of the herd.


Usually, he's gone to another owner before his libido acts up. But if not we'll pasture him with steers or other bulls... in a monastic boys-only situation.


For robust and healthy breeding, I import talent from another herd. Our white Scottish Highlander bull was purchased from Purling Beck Farm in East Washington, N.H. And while we live far from the Nation's Capital, we named him appropriate name for a bull who lives on Whitehouse Road. Our two other bulls are Larry, who is the lovemate for my Angus-cross cows, and a silver Highlander bull named Smokey. Both Larry and Smokey are currently “on assignment” at neighboring farms.


Breeding season on our farm is from mid-July to August 31. One bull can service a herd of 20-25 cows. Add more cows, and another bull is needed. To be sure that all my 30-plus cows become pregnant, I will sometimes put two bulls in the pasture. 


Whenever a calf is born, I count backward nine months and check my records to figure out which bull was with the mother at conception. If two bulls shared the pasture, it takes a DNA test to sort out the paternity. We don't care about the parentage of steers, but for heifers or potential bull studs, we need the $40 test. 


The test is simple and requires pulling a few hairs, root and all, from the tail of the calf. We then tape the sample to a form, fold the form, and send it to a lab in California. The American Highland Cattle Association (ACHA) registry compares the lab results to its database, and the father is identified.


If the calf is a potential breeding bull, DNA tests are also required on both parents. The AHCA wants to certify the parentage of all breeding bulls to keep owners honest about lineage.


Once in a while, we have an unplanned pregnancy. Last summer a young bull snuck into a pasture with some heifers. He was only there a day or so, but it doesn't take long to father a calf or two. I recorded the dates of his intrusion, so later on, I can reconcile them with the birth dates. If he might be the father, a DNA test is necessary. 


DNA testing is all the rage today and can be used to analyze human ancestry. Results might determine if you are Irish or Italian or any combination of nationalities. Human DNA testing can also indicate if you are related to a famous person, like Grover Cleveland or even Einstein. My Highlanders don't need a test to resolve if they are Scottish, but I wonder if one of my heifers might be related to Abraham Lincoln or maybe have distant Irish or Italian cousins?


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm. She can be reached at [email protected].



Kid’s Money Workshop!

Josiah Carpenter Library

10:30 am Saturday, February 2, 2019


New  Hampshire author Kathy Stoughton will be at the library introducing her book “Where Did All The Money Go?”  There will be a mini workshop, some crafts, and games with playing store!  The book is written for four to six year olds, but bring the whole family to the workshop.  The snow date is February 16, 2019.  It can be FUN and important to teach young kids about money.  Come and see how you can help young children build strong thinking skills and acquire the building blocks to manage money.



SNHU Announces Fall 2018 President's List


It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students on being named to the fall 2018 President's List.


Eligibility for the President's List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average (GPA) of 3.7-4.0 and earn 12 credits for the semester.


Ryan Burns of Epsom

Megan Callicoat of Pittsfield

Chelsea Carlson of Epsom

Patrick Cavanaugh of Chichester

Emily Cunningham of Northwood

Amelia Duane of Barnstead

Sarah Harkness of Chichester

Naomi Harris of Epsom

Reese Henderson of Gilmanton Iron Works 

Julianna Hromis of Chichester

William Ohrenberger of Northwood

John Sanborn of Chichester

Samuel Schreier of Chichester

Emma Smith of Pittsfield

Olivia Trindade of Gilmanton

Julia Valotto of Chichester

Katelyn Verville of Epsom

Jason Wynne of Pittsfield



Letter To The Editor

They’re Back!


Original owner of Jitters is back. So glad! We had a wonderful breakfast on Sunday. Buffet was open. We chose off the menu. Eggs Florentine, perfectly cooked. Omelette amazing. 


Coffee as remembered was sooo good. Staff very friendly and attentive. We felt at home. We will be sure to frequent this wonderful relaxing cafe in the future.


Don’t miss out, Pittsfield people!


Bill & Bridget Abbott



SNHU Announces Fall 2018 Dean's List


It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students on being named to the fall 2018 Dean's List.


Eligibility for the Dean's List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average (GPA) of 3.5-3.699 and earn 12 credits for the semester.


Zachary Davidson of Chichester

MaKenna Iller of Northwood

Lindsey Massey of Epsom

Jelasa Nelson of Northwood

Collin Ramsdell of Epsom

Quinn Steeves of Pittsfield



Letter To The Editor

Select Board Meeting 1/8/19 Notes Continued


Due to title issues related to the town owned property, now known as 33 Main St., the sale the BoS approved to James Gamble hasn’t taken place. 


The board is concerned that progress has ground to a snail’s pace and we must do something to get it moving forward again.  Therefore, the select board has decided to again solicit interest in rehabbing this historic (by Pittsfield standards) and rather uniquely architectured building in order to return it to its former prominence and place on the tax roll.


Originally constructed as a single-family home it was converted to a multi-family residence more recently. It has potential for business/commercial uses with the possibility of residences on the upper floors only, based on current zoning in the Commercial District.  If Article 2 on the March ballot passes this building could once again be used as a single-family home (currently not an allowed use) as well.


Any party who would like to put forth a plan for the property, including a purchase price offer and as detailed a use and rehab description as possible, must submit same to the Select Board’s office at the town hall by 5 PM February 12. As before, the planning board will give their opinion on submissions and two public hearings will be held before the select board makes a decision.


A bad fire on Swett Rd. last week could have been much worse had the one occupant not been aware of the flames.  Fire/rescue, police, and highway are working together like a well-oiled machine to assist each other and minimize damage, however, people must take responsibility for themselves as well by arming their home with smoke alarms and a plan to get out. Pretty simple precautions to save your life. 


Carl Anderson



Group Meditation And Live Drumming


Come join us for a group meditation open to all levels of experience. Kaitlin Warneke, Licensed Massage Therapist at the Sanctuary Bodyworks and Sauna will be holding a space for deep meditation January 25th, 6:30 pm. 


The benefits of meditation is for everyone, whether you are a looking to hone your meditation skills, learn new tips for meditation, or simply looking for a great space to relax and rejuvenate. Music will be used for ambiance and live drumming will be used for this meditation.


Feel free to bring pillows and blankets. This event is held every month on the fourth Friday at 6:30pm. Contact Kaitlin at (603) 233-2362 to reserve, as space is limited. This event will be held on the middle floor of the Locke building, inside Powerful You Yoga Studio at 175 Barnstead Rd, Pittsfield NH 03263 and is $10 if you book in advance, $15 the day of the event.




Gail A. Eaton

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Pittsfield – Gail A. Eaton, 73 of Pittsfield, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.


Born on May 13, 1945 in Manchester, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Alice (Rivard) St. John.


Gail was a wonderful woman who brought laughter and happiness to everyone she met. She loved and cherished her family. Butterflies, lilacs, fishing, bingo, and manicures were among the things she enjoyed most.


She is survived by her six children, Wanda, Ward, Michael, Alice, Shelly and Perry, Sr. She was adored by each of her 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.


A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 starting at 1:00pm at her residence, 1 Manchester Street, Pittsfield, NH. The Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit



Arthur W. Colby

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Arthur W. Colby, 92, left us on January 16, 2019 while a resident of Havenwood Health Services in Concord, NH. He was born July 23, 1926 in Concord, NH to Harold R. and Eleanor (Davis) Colby.                   


Arthur was a devoted employee of the NH DOT- Traffic division for 40 years, retiring as a stencil truck foreman in 1989.                   


After retiring he conscientiously dedicated much of his time to the Town of Loudon, installing road signs, mowing the 106 intersection, caring for the Veterans War Memorial, which he researched and had fifty-four names of Vietnam Veterans added to the memorial which were not on there.  For several years during the 60`s and 70`s Arthur worked part-time for the Loudon Police Department. He was devoted member for over fifty years of the Loudon Fire Department of which was a big part of his life. In his younger years he went on fire calls and countless fire training. As years passed, he took great pride in painting the old fire station and other projects inside the fire station. The biggest honor of his life was to have his name on the new police/fire safety complex. The Arthur W. Colby safety complex.  He watched over the fire station every day and was very proud of the members of the police and fire departments. His example of community services to the Town of Loudon serves as an inspiration to all of us in our daily lives. 


Arthur was named Loudon’s first Citizen of the year in 1993. A surprise and honor to be chosen. He was also a fifty-year member of the Corinthian Lodge No.82 F & AM of Pittsfield.


Arthur is predeceased by his parents, brother, Harold R. Colby and nephew, Robert Colby.


Members of his family include his beloved wife, Lucille; son, David and his wife, Kate; son, Dana and his wife, Kim; daughter, Pat Bigwood and her husband, Bob and three grandchildren, Daniel Bigwood, Scott Bigwood and Carly Colby. 


The Colby and Bigwood families would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the loving care Arthur received while at Havenwood Health Services. The first-floor staff and all supporting employees helped Arthur during this difficult time. Their smiles and loving care were a great comfort to his family every day. We will be forever grateful to everyone who cared for Arthur. 


Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 4 to 6 PM at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St. Concord. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 11am at the Loudon Congregational Church, Church St, Loudon, NH.       


In lieu of flowers the Colby family would like donations sent to Loudon Firefighters Association, 55 South Village Rd, Ste 5, Loudon, NH 03307. 


Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Colby family.








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