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Cow-friendly cologne introduced

Lisa Brodar’s Farmer’s Cologne was designed with cows in mind, but they don’t wear it.

It’s for the farmers who look after them.

At $110 for two ounces, it might be a hard sell, even with a sales pitch that implies this product is not only calming to cows but also pretty darned hard for women to resist.

People who have been around cows understand that cattle are sensitive to scents. They use their noses to keep track of their calves and can “smell” water long before they can see it.

Brodar, co-owner of the Portland General Store in Portland, Maine, found a list of scents said to be therapeutic to livestock, particularly cows, and used that to create her cologne.

The end product has a base of Australian sandalwood essential oil and organic cane sugar alcohol, blended with other essential oils including blue tansy and violet leaf.

Prince William studies ag

Some day he will inherit 130,000 acres, but what does a prince know about farming?

So Prince William, heir to the Duchy of Cornwall, headed back to school to become a full-time student of agricultural management.

A 10-week course was specially designed for him at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. It will help him manage that vast tract of land but will also take in wider issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom.

The course started in early January, ran until mid-March and included up to 20 hours of lectures, seminars and tutorials a week as well as essays and field trips.

The Duchy now has 3,500 individual lettings, including arable and livestock farms, commercial units and residential properties. It runs its own nursery, which sells more than 4,000 varieties of plants, and rents out holiday cottages in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Swine export support

Federal funding of $1million was announced June 17 for the Canadian Swine Exporters Association.

The money is intended to help the association develop new world markets for Canadian swine genetics by participating in trade shows and targeted trade missions, according to an Agriculture Canada news release.

Association vice-president Gordon Waters said genetics export activity helps keep the industry viable and creates jobs.

The CSEA supplies breeding stock and fresh and frozen semen to other countries, as well as technology, training and consultation, said the news release.