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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Thankful for plenty

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and really did take the time to think of all that we have to be thankful for!

I am thankful for my family (most of them), friends, and the good food we had over the weekend, but I’m also thankful for this great community we live in!

I am fortunate to not only work in agriculture, but also have a farm to go home to every night. I am pleased I can market my cattle right here in the district–by making use of the Stratton sales barn and the Rainy River Regional Abattoir—and my neighbours who have purchased cattle from me.

Internet cattle sale was exciting

We sold 1,735 animals at the Stratton sales barn this past Saturday. It was a long sale and unfortunately we had a few mishaps.

Speedy recovery wishes to Kylie Nordin, Angel Nixon, and Alisha Caul.

The Internet sale was quite exciting and we sold cattle online! Of course, we appreciate all our buyers but it added some excitement to the sale, as well.

This was a pilot project sponsored by the OCA and the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association was lucky to have been chosen to run this service at our site.

Cattle sale week always a big deal

Well, it’s cattle sale week, which always was a big deal for us.

Tensions built because you never knew how well the cows would co-operate since they are suspicious of why all of a sudden you want them in the barnyard after a summer of grazing.

The old cows know you will be taking their baby away since they have been down this path before!

As a kid, the cattle sale was on a Monday and I often was given the day off school! That was exciting for me.

And as a young girl, I would dream of working there one day (that particular dream came true!)

Feeling a little overwhelmed

We certainly shouldn’t be complaining about this beautiful fall weather but many of us are wishing we would get some rain!

My biggest complaint (besides the rain) is the fact it is dark by 8 p.m. now. This limits my daylight hours after work and my precious farming time.

I still have jobs on my list that I was hoping would be done by now. I have been dealing with some things that were not on my list unfortunately.

I was rear-ended a couple of weeks ago after dropping off the lambs at the abattoir. So since them I have been trying to deal with all that.

Cattle tour was great

It’s funny how things go but the coldest day we’ve had since March happened to coincide with our fall cattle tour!

It didn’t deter anyone, though, and the day was absolutely great! And the feedback we received was very positive!

It certainly was a long day–we left the Emo Agricultural Research Station on Saturday at 8 a.m. and I didn’t drop Nanny off until 9 p.m.!

Even the kids who were a part of the tour the entire day never complained once!

Sad to send three lambs to abattoir

My flock size was reduced this week as I dropped off three lambs at the abattoir.

I felt quite sad, but they had reached market weight and Rainy River Meats was in need of lamb (they have a difficult time keeping lamb on their shelf).

A friend of mine lost his lambs to wolves, so I’m happy I was able to market them, at least.

We still have “Charolette” and “Ruby” left so hopefully Maddie and Marlee are not too disappointed.

Research station work winding up

Well, the summer weather certainly is continuing here.

My final week with a student at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) was busy but we managed to complete our grain harvest and get all our samples in.

We also tried to finish our forage work—only to find our Swift Current Forage Harvester still was not working properly. It sounds like it is a major breakdown and we will have to look at what our options are.

We were close to being finished, but not quite. I just need it to be fixed for later this fall when we tackle our bio-mass trials.

Weather perfect for Emo Fair

Well, another Emo Fair has come and gone! And what a beautiful weekend it was.

We did have a few brief showers Saturday afternoon, but it just helped to keep the dust down. Meanwhile, temperatures were near perfect, which seems to make the cattle perform much better.

This year we had many of our young kids in the ring learning the ropes of showing cattle. I know people have mixed feelings about whether we should allow these young kids in the ring but they all did well and I don’t know if you are ever too young to start developing those cattle skills.

Emo Fair week is here

Well, here we are—Emo Fair week!

The sad part of that is the fact that fall soon follows.

August for me really passes by quickly. I spend most of the time stressing that I don’t have stuff ready for the fair!

My BFF tells me I need to priorize and consider cutting back! I told her it wouldn’t be a problem if I didn’t have to work and do my regular home chores.

And my regular housework is hurting right now. My house is messy and dirty, and looks like it does every Emo Fair.

Lower grain yields predicted

Wow, this month is already a week old! Time seems to fly by once the fall season starts.

Our plot forage harvester broke down about two hours from being finished all our second cut and haylage/silage trials.

We are hoping that we will have it back this week and finish up! We just went right into combining barley—and of course we did end up with a small breakdown but thankfully the Nussbaumers rescued us and got us back in action very quickly!

If the weather cooperates, I would think we will have a majority of our grain combined this week.