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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Christmas lights display started

I’ve started my annual Christmas lights display.

My new shed took a fair bit of time to get set up for lights but it turned out quite nicely. I’ll now work away for most of this week before I complete the “glow!”

I couldn’t believe that earlier this week, while working on my old barn, the water was dripping off the roof on me. Wow—I normally put my Christmas lights up when it is minus-40 or the snow is up to my waist!

I’ve got a few new things to add to my yard this year, so I’m quite excited to get in all finished off.

Winter’s arrival causes mess

Well, it looks as though winter has arrived.

And as much as I enjoyed the milder weather, it certainly would have been nice if we had some cooler temperatures before the snow arrived. It has created quite a mess!

It really fools you, as well—thinking you can cruise along walking but you sink in a muddy mess under the snow.

I went through a couple pair of boots on Saturday just trying to do chores!

Soybean yields looking good

We are very pleased that all the plowing has been completed at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS)!

I’ve also finished all the data for the cereal trials but haven’t started on the forages yet. I have two project reports that I’m working on currently, so my time is pretty much all in front of the computer.

I soon will have a summary for everyone but I can say I was really pleased with our soybean yields!

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My mom and I managed to vaccinate and de-worm all of the cows and bulls with little issue at all.

Well-deserved recipient chosen for RRFA award

The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture hosted a wonderful fall dinner and meeting Saturday night.

Congratulations to Bernie Zimmerman, who has returned as chair of this organization.

But they still are in need of one director so if you have one night a month to spare, please get in touch with Bernie.

Tony Elders did a wonderful presentation on the Rainy River District Stewardship Council and all the benefits of having this group in our district.

Feeling a bit frustrated

Last week I found myself a bit frustrated—mainly because of having a few too many things on my plate.

Even though the cattle sale was behind us, some of the business related to it obviously spills over into the weekdays.

And, like many other times before, we seldom hear any of the good things that result from the hard work that is performed at the Stratton sales barn.

I’d like to mention that we do not profess to be perfect and we likely will make a mistake every now and then. Myself, I need to lose weight, swear less, and start saying “no” more frequently.

Cattle sale a success

Well, our last cattle sale of the season is mostly behind us!

The cattle are sold and gone but the book work lingers for a few days.

We sold 929 head on Saturday, which included a very popular donkey that many were trying to buy (she found a great home north of Devlin).

Calf prices have risen again since our sale at the beginning of October and I think we had some happy producers.

We had sales of $1,450,583.63, which averaged out to $1,561 per head across the board—including our popular donkey!

Last cattle sale coming up

Our last cattle sale of the season is set to go this Saturday (Oct. 24) at 9 a.m. at the Stratton sales barn.

If you have questions or cattle to book, get in touch with James at 487-2731 or 271-2005.

We are trying to make and print catalogues for our sales once again. We had many complaints about us trying to book too much info on our display board, so we thought the catalogue would be a good option.

We cannot print your name unless you tell us to. We also only are as good as the info that you give us!

Cattle prices have dropped

We sold 1,566 head at the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association sale on Saturday at the Stratton sales barn—at the value of $2,483,785.15.

Prices have dropped but I think it still was a successful sale for the most part (honestly, I haven’t had a chance to look over things).

I was planning to have a chance to look over my own cattle sales and report the difference from this year to last year, but I haven’t had time to dig that out yet, either.

Weaning weights are down

You may see and hear a lot of activity in farm yards at this time of year.

Anyone who still is calving cows in the early spring will find themselves weaning calves and likely preg. checking cows to make sure they are going to calve again next spring.

I had my regular helpers this past weekend, along with Callen (my vet cousin’s son), who spent a good part of the weekend with us, as well.

Great weather so enjoyable

This great weather sure hasn’t stopped the grass from growing!

Last week I was thinking I had cut my lawn for the last time, but it is not looking like that. And flowers still are looking very beautiful so I keep hauling water to them.

It’s so enjoyable to be out in the yard when the bugs are not carrying you away. The only problem is it gets dark so early these days! I was trying to water my flowers with a flashlight but remembered I have one of those headlamps (this way you still have your hands).