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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Poteau, Tulsa, Stillwater & Enid Oklahoma (USA)

Back Again,

We made the four-hour journey from Ardmore to Poteau to visit with Agrability client and Longhorn producer William Brown. 
William shared some of the ways Agrability has helped him get on with the job at hand including a personal lift for his tractor.

From poteau we travelled back into mainstream Oklahoma at Tulsa city.
Where we enjoyed the morning with John and Debra Hassell who are the owners of the new RFID tag Zig beef. John explained all of the tag's technology in a transparent display including its 150 feet reading range and without the use of wand or reader just a simple dongle connected to a laptop to gather more than enough information.

We then jumped in the van and drove through to Stillwater which is home to the Oklahoma State University where contacts and networks were shared and on our way out of Stillwater we met with Oklahoma's Agrability Department of Rehabilitation .
Next we visited with dog trainer David Cox, who generously worked three of his dogs for our benefit.
Our last stop on the day was at an elk farm with Ernest and his family showing us around, here he is feeding a 14-year-old elk who is sporting a set of racks that are only five months old.  Braxton, Luke and Lawson are feeding an elk cow.
Elk shed their horns yearly and have a velvet texture right up until they crystallise and harden which is when they are shed.

Below is a photo of some burnt country we came across on the way to see the Ernst's Elk farm.  The fires took place one week earlier and due to heat stress one of the local firemen sadly lost his life.
After travelling through to Enid and settling into a hotel we visited with cereal grain and beef grower John Enns.
John is also the districts Representative senator and is a T12 paraplegic.
John is also an advocate for Agrability and he showed us some of the tools Agrability has given him to use around the farm.
On Saturday we drove 30 miles out of Enid To Visit with Hope and Ryan Pjesky on their ranch.
Some hay forks built into the back of a pickup and is used for lifting round bales up onto the bed of the pickup
Here is a complete portable Corral (yards) which just fold up together on the wheels and tows behind the truck.
We had a fantastic visit at the Pjesky Ranch and Hope was the main person behind all my Oklahoma visits.

Catch you later! Rob

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