Archive for December, 2012

Hesston-Sponsored Cowboys Strong at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Luke Branquinho and Cody Teel, the two Hesston-sponsored cowboys competing at the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, are more than halfway through the competition and poised to finish the week strong.

Branquinho, the reigning world champion steer wrestler from Los Alamos, Calif., had strong finishes Sunday and Monday, winning Sunday’s round and placing second on Monday. Branquinho started the NFR ranked No. 1. After Tuesday night’s round, Branquinho is ranked No 8.

Teel, a past high school and college champion bull rider from Kountze, Texas, arrived at the NFR ranked as the No. 2 bull rider in the world at just 20 years old. Teel has posted first- and fourth-place finishes during the first six rounds. After six rounds of rides, Teel is sitting in the No. 5 spot.

In addition to sponsoring Branquinho and Teel, Hesston by Massey Ferguson® is the official farm equipment sponsor of the National Finals Rodeo. Hesston dealers are hosting more than 400 Hesston customers at the Mandalay Bay Resort during the National Finals Rodeo. In addition to attending rodeo performances, customers were treated to a cocktail reception; a meet-and-greet with Teel and Branquinho; and a private Rodney Atkins concert at the House of Blues.

For more information on how the Hesston-sponsored cowboys are doing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, visit; follow the boys on Twitter (@lukebranquinho and @CodyLTeel); or text “Hesston” to 21534 for updates on your smartphone.

Livestock: Different Than The Family Pet

Animals are a great aspect of farm life, but they can also be a threat to the safety of those working with them. Livestock is a major source of injuries to children in agricultural settings. The size difference, an animal’s unpredictability, and children’s lack of knowledge or skills puts children at risk.

Children often don’t view livestock as dangerous, yet, animals cause numerous fatalities and injuries each year.  When working with livestock it is important to realize some of the differences between how animals and humans sense their surroundings. In comparison to humans, animals:

  • See in black and white, not color
  • Have difficulty judging distances
  • Have extremely sensitive hearing
  • Are frightened by loud noises and high frequency sounds hurt
  • Are very protective of their young.

Many of these factors cause animals to respond as skittish and frightened of unfamiliar surroundings. Chores involving livestock care and handling are often one of the first responsibilities given to children, increasing their exposure to the dangers at an early age. When working around animals encourage your children to:

  • Be calm, move slowly, and avoid loud noises
  • Wear steel toed shoes
  • Avoid the hind legs of animals
  • Approach large animals at the shoulder
  • Avoid animals with babies
  • Avoid stallions, bulls, rams, and boars
  • Always have an escape route when working in close quarters

Even though an animal may look friendly, all animals need to be treated with respect. They can be unpredictable. Teach children to be alert when around livestock and while working with them.

*This post was submitted by Tracy Schlater, Marketing Director from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids

Protect Your Farm From Fire

Believe it or not, but winter is a very common season for fires due to the use of additional heat sources. Fire can be particularly destructive on the farm. From property to lives, take a few steps to prevent it from happening to you.

Children, especially age 5 and under, are at the greatest risk of home fire-related death and injury. Young children don’t know what to do and are likely to panic in a fire. They may hide in a closet or behind a bed instead of escaping. Practice fire drills at home once a year. Show your children all of the safe ways to escape a fire from every room of the house and every building on the farm. Designate a meeting place outside and make it part of the drill. One way to prevent fires in the house is to install smoke detectors. There should be a smoke detector on every level and outside bedrooms.

Fire extinguishers are essential items on the farm in case a fire breaks out. Besides the house, keep fire extinguishers in barns, other farm buildings, and machinery including tractors and combines. The local fire department is a terrific resource as well. Ask them to help you start the process of protecting your farm from fire. Both you and the fire department will be better prepared if a fire should occur.

And follow these fire safety precautions on the farm:

  • Test smoke detectors once a month and replace the batteries twice a year (when you change your clocks for daylight savings).
  • Replace smoke detectors that are ten years of age or older.
  • Place proper fire extinguishers in strategic locations, making sure they are accessible.
  • Get training on how to use fire extinguishers.
  • Plan your escape routes.
  • Designate one place outside where family members should meet in case of fire.
  • Keep matches away from children.
  • Don’t enter a confined livestock area or housing structure if it catches on fire.
  • Install lightning rods.
  • Store gasoline and other flammable fuels in proper containers in a cool place.
  • Turn off engines when refueling machines.
*This post was submitted by Tracy Schlater, Marketing Director from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids