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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Summer went far too quickly

And just like that it’s September!

Our late spring, coupled with not the greatest of weather, certainly has been the cause of a summer that disappeared much too quickly.

Both my students are now officially gone and back to school. Lucas and Nick were super students and I’m hoping they enjoyed their summer enough that they’ll consider returning to the Emo Agricultural Research Station next year.

Lucas and I tried to tackle the oat performance trial before he left last week with only troubles. The straw is still so green that we just ended up plugging the machine.

Cattle sale a success

The Stratton sales barn held another successful cattle sale on Saturday.

Despite selling only 546 animals, the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association still grossed $594,566.62, which is a great average across the board.

Due to the lack of feed last spring, there were fewer people feeding back grounding cattle this spring. As well, since the weather has been pretty darn decent these past couple of weeks, everyone is trying to make hay and harvest grain.

Many producers told us they still had plenty of grass and they were just too busy to get their cattle in.

Fair weather works out

Whew—another Emo Fair is behind us!

Mother Nature came through for us and we had beautiful weather. Fortunately, the heavy rain, hail, and wind held off until Sunday night.

Of course, most of my time during the fair is spent in and around the beef barns. We had a great weekend, with well-behaved cattle and participants.

I was very proud of Maddie and Marlee, who worked very hard this year with their calves. Not only that, they were a big help with the other chores that go along with getting cattle ready for the Emo Fair.

Let’s hope for nice weather

The Emo Fair week has arrived much quicker than I would prefer!

I am still much unprepared and am hoping for some good cattle behaving days this week.

I really can’t blame it on the cattle; with still trying to make hay I haven’t spent nearly enough time with them.

It’s looking like one more day of cutting hay and it will all be cut.

I wasn’t able to bale hay all week last week with the moisture coming every other day.

Can’t believe it’s already August

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the long weekend—even though I just cannot believe it already is August!

This was the first weekend in forever that I was home and was able to just be a farmer for the entire three days. Unfortunately, the weather changed for Monday and making hay wasn’t an option.

I’m finally into my last field but it’s a big one, so I will be tackling it for a few more days yet.

Still plagued by travel woes

I survived my trip last week to southern Ontario—but barely!

My plane was very late leaving Winnipeg and when I arrived in Toronto and rushed to my next flight, I saw my plane backing away from the terminal.

You would have thought they could have waited a few more minutes. After all, I wasn’t the only one trying to make that connection.

That wasn’t the worst part, though. They put us all up in a motel in Toronto, so we were herded off like a bunch of cattle to the appropriate customer service area.

Good to be home after Ottawa trip

Well, I spent most of last week in our nation’s capital. Ottawa is such a beautiful city.

Many of you know I am a horrible traveller and don’t like to be away from home for more than about “two sleeps!” It proved true again on this trip as I began to feel incredibly homesick by about my second morning.

I don’t think I even felt like that when I was a kid off on some 4-H adventure on the other side of this great big province.

Most struggling to make hay

Here we are the middle of July, when we should be nearing the end of our first crop of hay.

Instead, most are struggling to make hay.

I remember a few years ago someone saying to me that we pretty much need to cut hay in the rain in hopes of being able to bale in the sun. And that’s exactly how this past week has been.

You can speed the process of drying the hay up by raking. But with our unpredictable weather, it makes you wonder if you should since it could be raining by the time you are done!

Crops coming along

The crops are progressing nicely and many of our cereal plots are heading out.

I was concerned last week that they were going to be rather short, but they seem to look pretty decent.

It is difficult to get right in the plots since things are pretty darn wet (with close to two inches of rain over the weekend!)

Our forage harvester is still giving us troubles but we managed to careful get our plots finished last week but barely.

Hopefully, we can get it repaired rather quickly since we have some plots that are nearing second cut harvest now as well.

EARS faces fight to remain open

I’m hoping everyone was able to enjoy a very beautiful Canada Day!

Those of you who know me well know I’m a huge fan of our great country—and my office is themed after it!

I likely have as much Canadian collectibles now as I did cows!

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My new boss came last week to visit the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS), and I also gave him a tour around our great district.

He was pleased to see all that we have happening, but certainly made it clear we are going to have to fight to keep our ag station here in Rainy River District.