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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Hoping for warm, dry week

I checked the weather forecast Monday morning–in hopes of a warm, dry week–and it looks like we will have decent temperatures until the weekend.

So enjoy this week and spend as much time as possible out in the sun. Nice days in the fall seem hard to beat.

I’m hoping we will might be able to tackle some soybeans, which is why I was hoping for some dry days with plenty of sunshine. The leaves have dropped but the seed needs some drying time.

Still plenty of work to do

It’s crazy how quickly time is flying by. And even more crazy is how quickly the days are become so short!

It sure makes a difference with drying time. Even the slightest amount of rain makes a big impact and you are off the land a lot longer than our longer summer days.


There’s still lots to do at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. Besides seed-cleaning, we need to finish spraying Round-Up and then tackle plowing.

Pleased with good crop of baled hay

Well, the change in weather will have slowed down all the grain getting combined and the hay getting baled.

I think we may have been fortunate since I only received just over half-an-inch at home. But as we were travelling into Winnipeg on Sunday, they were getting hammered by rain.

If we only get this amount, it quickly will find its way into the ground and you will see the machinery back in action.

Prior to this rain, the weather was darn near perfect–the biggest problem at this time of the year is the heavy dews and shorter days.

Cattle prices decent at sale

Well, another busy weekend is in the books.

Our first cattle sale of the fall season was held Saturday at the Stratton sales barn, during which 631 head sold for $830,211.03.

Despite cattle prices lower than last year, we still saw some decent prices.

In fact, the auctioneer made a point of stating that we were on par with the west, then got quite excited when we were over the western prices.

Another fall fair in books

Well, another Emo Fair is behind us.

We certainly ended up with a pretty decent weekend. The rain could have passed us by Saturday night but like many said, “It wouldn’t be an Emo Fair without rain!”

I was happy that it didn’t rain enough to cancel the stock car races as the stands looked full and the pits were full of cars!

Saturday night is my time in the 4-H food booth and it remained steady for the evening.

Meanwhile, the cattle show went off very well, with the cooler temperatures welcomed by not only the participants but the cattle, as well!

Fair coming up fast

Here we are the week before the Emo Fair week! Yikes! So much to do and little time to do it.

I ended up taking last Friday off and having the girls out to work on “Fair Stuff.”

I can honestly say they have trained their calves on their own.

I have to help tie them but after that they are doing the pulling and the pushing. They are certainly building a lot of “hockey muscles!”

It really proves that when you do stuff on your own you have a great deal more sense of accomplishment—and this is very clear with the girls and their calves.

Starting to think about Emo Fair

I can barely believe it is already August! Time just slips on by.

This month started out with an inch of rain but I hope that it will hold off now for a while! Many are finished haying and many (like me) are so close!

We lost some time on Saturday afternoon when a dark cloud rolled in and left us just over a half an inch while others only received a few drops.

We have plenty down but likely have one and a half days of cutting. It makes you really anxious when you get to the end.


Battling through really tough year

I know you shouldn’t complain about all the wrong things in your life because I do realize how much good I have.

But seriously–this year really has been a tough one! We’ve lost some good people in our district, this weather, and personally I’m just having a tough time with many things.

I cannot seem to get caught up and I keep adding to my list instead of taking things off. I could cry at the drop of a pin right now.

District loses strong booster

Sadly, Rainy River District lost one of its strongest supporters last week.

I received the sad news late Friday night that Linda Armstrong had lost her battle to cancer.

Linda loved agriculture and her community. She had great passion about the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and was a part of that organization for many years.

Linda was a strong person and wouldn’t not back down from much. She used her strength to battle cancer but, unfortunately, it ended up winning—but not without lack of trying.

Trying not to stress about the weather

As much as this weather is driving me crazy, I’m trying to refrain from stressing about it too much.

I have some hay that’s cut and getting washed but there’s not much I can do about it.

Our family had a very nerve-racking week so I realize that not having much hay made, or the hay getting rained on, is minor compared to having your family healthy and safe at home.

Like many people, last week I experienced what it’s like to volunteer for something in your community and then have someone only find fault in everything you do.