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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Wrapping up final chores

Another frosty morning on Monday but I think this is the only way I’ll be able to tackle some straw baling–and plowing work that I still need to do!

It will require a fair bit of clothing but I will try to finish these jobs (if you see me off the tractor and on the ground, you may need to come and roll me over so I can get up!)

I finally submitted the Ontario Performance data for the wheat trial last week. So now we will finish cleaning our other cereal trials and then finally the soybeans.

Not ready for snow yet

Snow day! Ugh, I don’t think we are ready for this yet. Or maybe I should just speak for myself: “I am not ready for this yet!”

I may have jinxed myself as I did spend some time over the weekend doing some winterizing.

I dread turning the heat on in my water bowls since my hydro bills are very high without those elements on! But I will agree that paying the bill is easier than thawing water lines!

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We are busy at the Emo Agricultural Research Centre trying to get the Ontario performance trials cleaned and data submitted.

Plenty to be thankful for

I was really thankful to have three days off this past weekend!

Of course, you never get caught up on your list but it still was nice to be home! And even better, we enjoyed two Thanksgiving meals (neither of which I cooked and trust me I am thankful for this!)

My unpaid farm help (my dad) has been plugging away at getting the manure hauled, so I am very thankful for this! Meanwhile, my mom and I spent the day together Monday and did some shopping (I’m not so thankful about shopping but thankful to spend the day with my momma!)

Cattle sale fetched some good prices

Well, another cattle sale is behind us! We sold 1,358 animal for a total of $1,183,157.55.

Things went well despite the heavy downpours of rain throughout the day Saturday. This makes it very difficult for our workers, but we have some good ones so they survived.

It is even more difficult on the paper–pretty hard to keep things dry.

The prices were good but I do think cattle weights were down. And like we were discussing, we are never going to take a look at our cattle cheques and say, “Oh man, I made too much money!”

Cattle sale coming up

It is looking to be a busy week across the district!

A cattle sale is set for this Saturday at the Stratton sales barn, which means many producers are trying to round up cattle a little closer to home and sort out which will stay and which will go!

We still are struggling to get caught up on harvesting grain and hay, so the workload for everyone remains in full swing.

I convinced my cows to come home on Saturday and locked them up so I can haul calves this week myself.

Frost a chilly reminder

Nothing like a good frost to remind you that are our warm days and nights are coming to a close.

Alas, summer once again has flown by.

It will be interesting to see what will take place now with some of my longer-season soybeans. I’m doubtful we will have beans to harvest on all varieties, but at least it is a great test to carry out here at the Emo Agricultural Research Station!

It is much better for the research station to try out some of the later soybean varieties and have no seed than a producer–they need every bean possible!

Wet fields causing problems

Despite the fact we have been experiencing beautiful weather these past few weeks, the fields are pretty darn wet!

The heavy rainfalls we’ve been receiving, coupled with the shorter days, don’t allow for things to dry up too quickly. I still have water standing here at the Emo Agricultural Research Station and I’m on tiled land.

We did manage to combine a few more trials with the help of a couple of volunteers! It’s looking like I’ve found some fall help but we still are waiting on paperwork.

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.