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Ask Rubber Boots

Hi there, Rubber Boots, Question: What kind of flour is best for bread? Why does bread sometimes come out with a “heavy” texture? Answer: High gluten flour is best for bread. High gluten flour, which is high in protein, at least 15% per cent, is milled from hard spring wheat. Robin Hood flour and Hi-Rise Whole Wheat flour are two brands that are high in protein. If flour is left too long in a humid climate, sometimes even in a sealed container, such as Tupperware, it absorbs moisture and makes bread come out with a “heavy” texture. Buy flour in smaller quantities or use it while it’s fresh (before it absorbs too much moisture) to ensure a light texture. Dear… Keep Reading

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Is Sheep Farming For You?

In recent years the price of sheep has skyrocketed. Some farmers think this may be the answer to improved profits in farming. Many whom attempt raising sheep are disappointed in the results. Sheep farming requires much higher levels of management than does beef cattle. Those wishing to incorporate sheep into their operations need to carefully consider the pitfalls. This article will attempt to give brief, basic guidelines to those who may be considering raising sheep. Fencing and sheep security is critical. Regular cattle fencing will not be sufficient, unless you do not have a problem with the sheep moving where their will takes them. Sheep can squeeze through spaces in regular barbed wire fences where you might think it is… Keep Reading

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Review – Grow Native Belize

Today’s gardener has a continually growing selection of ornamental plants available them in Belize. When choosing plants, we are drawn to them for their beauty – bright flowers, showy leaves, unusual characteristics. This guide prompts the gardener to look beyond the skin deep beauty of our landscape plants, and to reflect on other aspects and impacts of plant selections. The emphasis of this booklet is that native plants should be considered as a primary choice in gardens for a variety of reasons. The guide discusses the benefits of native plants, such as being well adapted to the growing conditions here in Belize. The local plants have evolved over thousands of years to be survivors in this specific climate meaning they… Keep Reading

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Now & Then – 1850 Ransomes Simms & Jefferies Steam Tractor

The manufacturer of the tractor in this picture has been in dispute since it was rediscovered some years back. I contend that it was built by Ransomes, Simms & Jefferies and not Fowler as is the more common belief. Mick Bell has told Francis Woods, who is now in possession of the machine, that it is a Fowler. I certainly respect his well earned opinion. I remember around 1984 one of the men telling Barry Bowen and myself about two old tractors out in the bush. We decided to take a walk to see if we could find them. We did locate them but not even close to where the man had sent us! Seems as though we walked for… Keep Reading

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Alternative Electrical Power Sources – “Leytronics”

This is just an introduction to the various Sources of Electrical Power, their advantages and disadvantages. It gives some background information for Choice Considerations which are normally very site specific. There can be no clear Choice of best Power Sources, it depends on many local conditions, power requirements, environmental considerations and so on. As a very general guide, Power requirements from a few Watts up to 200 – 400 Watts, Solar Panels are worth serious consideration. For Power of say 300 Watts up to about 3000 Watts, or even more, Wind Turbines are worth considering. For Power way up in the 10kW to 100kW then Diesel Generation is probably the best choice. Diesel Generators are expensive to buy and install,… Keep Reading

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Nelore Cattle

So, you assume that all the white bos indicus (humped) cattle that you see scattered around Belize are Brahman, right? Well, not quite, as there are several pure-bred Nelore herds in country, as well as many Nelore bulls servicing commercial herds too. The Nelore breed originated in a region in India of the same name. The breed it is most closely related to is the Ongole of India. Brazil has become the world leader in this breed. The first Ongole arrived in 1868. The Nelore Herd Book was established in Uberaba, Brazil in 1938. Brazil unquestionably dominates worldwide. In April of every year, the cattle show in Uberaba draws cattle aficionados from all over the planet. So what characteristics distinguish… Keep Reading

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