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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

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.

4-H ‘fun day’ enjoyed by all

The Emo Beef Club held its annual “fun day” on Sunday at Tony and Penny Flatt’s farm.

A huge thank-you to Tony and Penny for allowing us to take over their entire farm and practice with our animals, as well as enjoy a great pot-luck meal. Tony and Penny are young farmers who are building themselves a beautiful farm and should be very proud of all that they have.

Our 4-H kids, meanwhile, did a great job with all their calves and have been working very hard over the summer with their projects (it was extremely hot on Sunday so we didn’t push anyone too hard).

EARS swamped by rain

Well, I started off the week a bit stressed as I was heading to Sarnia and leaving a whole lot of work behind.

Little did I know we would have enough rain that I likely could have stayed away for another week!

Many of you might have seen the river that accumulated at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. We ended up with eight inches of rain last week–six of which fell between Wednesday and Thursday alone.

Wishing for good weather

If we only could have held onto last week’s weather for another week!

It took a while to get back on the land last week but once we did the heat and breeze were just awesome for making hay. I actually thought we might get a couple of decent hours on Sunday but that didn’t happen.

We didn’t have a whole lot left to bale but we had to quit Saturday night since it was getting to tough to bale.

Saturday was a very busy day. It was nearly 30 degrees by 9 a.m. and my comment was: “It’s a bull pullin’, square balin’, hay cutting—kind of day!”

Perfect weather for Canada Day

As much as I enjoyed my Canada Day off, it was like having two Mondays last week!

The weather made for a perfect July 1st, though, and I spent the day cutting hay.

I debated about heading out to the fireworks in Emo but chose to sit on the deck with the mosquitoes (“Roxee” wouldn’t even join me). But I heard they had a great display of colours.

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At home, the fields still are plenty wet. Some years you can drive right through the low spots, but it looks like that won’t happen this year—or, at least, not yet.

Plenty of hay bales wrapped in plastic

We finished our first cut of all our forage plots at the Emo Agricultural Research Station last week.

We decided to cut the remainder with our haybine despite the fact the weather looked a little questionable for the weekend. My comment was “it’s not calling for a whole lot of rain!”

Well, that turned into nearly two inches (and more than two inches in places).

At home, I was so close to going cutting on Saturday morning. But for some reason, I changed my mind and thought I would just start the following day.