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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

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).

Nothing better than hot, dry fall weather

Bring on the sunshine! There is nothing better than hot, dry fall weather.

At this time of the year, there are fewer bugs, the dry heat feels amazing, and you are certain that you will cool off in the evenings–the best season we have (when it is dry!)

The soybeans are changing quickly now–you will see the leaves dropping and the pods drying up. Any variety that is around 2400 CHU and less are really changing while the longer-season beans still are quite green.

Rain brings things to standstill

Well, here at home we had more than three inches of rain over the holiday weekend.

I know it varied throughout the district but the only thing it seems to be good for at home is keeping the lawn growing!

Truthfully, it was just starting to get nice again in the yard and we were fortunate to get a fair bit of hay baled last week. But we’ll be at a standstill now for a few days.

The manure pile still is waiting for us and we do plan to cut some more hay.

Of course, there are other projects to be tackled even if its wet (the list just keeps getting added to).

Farewell to summer students

Wow! Last day of August—where did our summer go?

My students were finished at EARS on Friday and I find that such a sad time.

I spend more time with my students that anyone else and I as much as I am happy for them to return to school and enjoy what is likely the best times of their lives, I find it such a lonely time for me at EARS.

I have said so many times that I spend a great deal of time with students in their 20s that I forget that I am in my 40s.

Fall already?

This is what happens after the Emo Fair is over–fall arrives!

Maybe it’s just giving us a quick reminder that it is fast approaching but it sure doesn’t feel that great. I’m looking forward to a few more months of good weather and we certainly have work to do that requires a few sunny days.

We started combining last week at the Emo Agricultural Research Station and the days that we were able to harvest things went well. Then the rain arrived mid-week.

We were all ready to go again by Friday but more rain put an end to those plans, as well.

Emo Fair was ‘smokin’ hot’

Well, we certainly had a “smokin’ hot” fall fair in Emo this year!
And I’m not just referring to the extreme temperatures, either, as the cattle show was awesome (I think the cattle were too hot to misbehave).
The annual 4-H show featured 10 beautiful heifers and 25 top-notch steers! The steer auction, meanwhile, was like no other and it gave me another reason to be so proud of this great community we live in!
Yes, the heat made things difficult but it still is better than pouring rain like we have experienced so many other times.
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Haying is finished... maybe

We finally finished haying last week! Well, I don’t know if you can call it finished since we had to leave more in the field because of the wet spots and there was actually a small chunk that I couldn’t even access.  
I tested the path with the four-wheeler and it left a rut so I decided it wasn’t even worth trying to drive the tractor through that.  
I am hoping that is may dry out and we could still cut it. If nothing else, the cows could sleep on it.

Open house cut short

The open house here at the Emo Agricultural Research Station has now come and gone.

We spend all summer preparing for the one night to show off our plots but this year we had to do a short and sweet tour because Mother Nature wasn’t co-operating last Wednesday!

I always like our weather to be extra great when we have guests in from out of town but we had to have the one not-so-nice day for them.