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Found: Basset Hound, Hwy. 97 W./Hospital Blvd., Floresville. Call 830-391-2153 between 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

VideoREWARD. LOST CAT: Gray and white male cat, since Nov. 13, on C.R. 429, Stockdale, wearing a silver collar. Call 512-629-2005 with any information.
Lost: Male Red Nose Pit Bull, "Chevy," wearing an orange collar, friendly, last seen on County Road 403. 830-477-6511 or 830-534-9094.
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Garrett Contracting is seeking CDL truck drivers, equipment operators with asphalt and/or site work experience, asphalt rakers and laborers. Also seeking individual with construction surveying experience. If interested call 210-336-9844.
The City of Floresville is currently accepting applications for the following position: ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER PART-TIME. A complete job description and application form may be obtained at City Hall, 1120 D Street, Floresville, Texas 78114, Monday – Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.; or Floresville website, www.cityoffloresville.org. Deadline to submit application is 5:00 PM on February 5, 2016. The City of Floresville is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, nationality, related medical condition or handicap.
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By Marsha Purcell

Some days are suited for reflection and today is one of those. I am thinking of how grateful I am to members of the surgical team who replaced my husband’s aortic heart valve earlier this year. It is amazing to think that such an intricate surgery is considered commonplace, with about 80,000 adults in the United States having this procedure each year. I am also thinking of how grateful I am to the livestock farmer or rancher who raised the animal from which the valve came.

Livestock production is under a constant barrage of criticism from those who oppose eating meat. The farmers and ranchers who face that criticism -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- and continue to do their jobs have my greatest admiration.

I have had opportunities to visit farms and ranches and to talk about livestock production with those who do it every day. They are caring, dedicated people who want their animals to be healthy. They spend countless hours and dollars determining the proper care for their animals. They spend many sleepless nights helping a cow, ewe, or sow through difficult deliveries or feeding baby animals when their mothers are unable to do so. They work with nutritionists to determine the best feed for the animals and with veterinarians who determine the best health-care practices. They teach their children the value of producing an animal that will provide nutritious food and many other valuable products.

Initially, we did not know if my husband had a porcine (pig), ovine (sheep), or bovine (cow) valve. We joked about whether he would begin to oink, baa, or moo. We later found that he has a bovine valve and we do know that his heart is stronger. We know that his long-term prognosis is very positive. And we know that in addition to thanking God and the surgical team, we owe a debt of gratitude to the livestock producer. There are probably thousands of people today who are alive and well because of a tissue valve from an animal. I am hopeful those recipients are appreciative of livestock production, rather than critical.

As for my family, we will always support animal agriculture, not only when we eat meat, but also when we enjoy many more years together thanks to a new heart valve.

Marsha Purcell is director of membership and program development at the American Farm Bureau Federation. Her husband, Bill Purcell, was long-time manager of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Safemark tire program.
 

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