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Europe » Russia » Centre » Naro-Fominsk April 14th 2008

All of my readers may not find the humor in this story as I did, but it just made me laugh so I had to post it, if for nothing else, for me and the stories I want to remember.... I get this email at work and I am not paying much attention to it because of the Russian name on the "From" line. I never tried to read the name, but assumed it was spam especially when I saw the "Dear Sir". Before I automatically delated it, I see the first words "Elinar-Broiler" so now I am curious and at least start to read it thinking it is still spam but from sales company who has our company email address based on our emails ending in @elinar-broiler.ru. I continue to read it still thinking it ... read more

Europe » Russia » Centre » Naro-Fominsk March 1st 2007

Yes, for those of you in the poultry industry, you know all too well, what we just went through. If you had not heard, there were several AI confirmed outbreaks in the Naro-Fominsk district which is the same as ours and there was one in Kaluga, which is a different region, but actually closer to us than the Naro-Fominsk's ones. Knock on wood, they are behind us, but they were way too close for comfort. We completely shut down the farms and many other biosecurity measures, but it was scary since the way we raise birds here, ALL birds are on the same properity just a few kilometers apart from each other in different zones so one break would most likely mean the entire farm. To make my life worse, we had a positive Salmonella come ... read more

Europe » Russia » Centre » Naro-Fominsk February 21st 2007

I know I have not written since I left on vacation and all of this AI is not helping much here in Russia, but I am alive and well. I am going to try to update at least some of the stuff going on. I had even written hand notes so I did not forget anything and now have lost those notes so I will have to go on memories and pictures. However, before getting into all of that, after calling off "sick" my translator came back today and resigned. I am not stupid, I know she was looking for a new job but what gets me is we pay people here when they are out sick. So she got paid to search for a job and there is nothing I can do since she brought ... read more
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Europe » Russia » Centre » Naro-Fominsk January 24th 2007

It has only taken six months, but I watch a success yesterday in our weekly sanitation meeting. We had several out of spec results and we had the initial agruing over the data and who was at fault, but then something happened, without my involvement, my Chief Vet and Microbiologist along with my Sanitation Lead started brainstorming (in their own way) what happened. It was if the walls had dropped and each started thinking and looking for solutions. I just sat back and grinned from ear to ear. After a few minutes, they realized I was not part of the discussion and looked to me for my direction and I just smiled and said they did not need my help. I think that is when it dawned on them what they had been doing and one ... read more

Europe » Russia » Centre » Naro-Fominsk December 31st 2006

First of all, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. This has to be one of the most toasting countries so let me wish each of you a very healthly, happy, and wealthy new year filled with love and joy for you and your loved ones. This is not my quote, but I found it as I was helping Timoffy (Grandfather Frost) and Dasha (Snow Girl) write their speech for the party. May your best day this past year be your worst day this coming year! It took me a few times reading it to understand it, but after I finally got it, I thought it was a good toast. For us here in Russia, it is getting close to the New Year, just under two hours so I thought I would post ... read more
Vince and Svethlana
Grandfather Frost and Snow Girl
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Europe » Russia » Centre » Naro-Fominsk October 9th 2006

Nothing really to report, but wanted to post this picture from last week. Do not ask me how they talked m into wearing this silly wig, but I did and everyone got a laugh (for obvious reasons) out of it so I thought I would share with the rest of my readers. I still have a cough, but I feel a lot better than I did this weekend so hopefully I am getting over this cold. If I am, it did not last as long as the last one. I also want to get better before I go see the doctor. As part of my Russia work permit, I have to go tested for just everything under the sun. I do not know all of the tests, but the ones I heard so far, leporsy (what ... read more
Dasha and Vince




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