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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Final cattle sale went well

Well, our final cattle sale for 2012 is behind us. We sold nearly 900 animals on Saturday totalling nearly $700,000.

Things went well for this sale, and I think both the sellers and buyers were pleased.

The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association would like to thank everyone who supported our sales barn in one way, shape, or form. We certainly appreciate everyone.

And a big thank you to Philip Krahn on his first year as our sales barn manager. This is a tough job with many long, hard hours.

Saying good-bye to ‘Daisee’

I’m sure that I’ve probably written before about the fall being a hard time on my animals.

It seems if something is going to die, it will happen now.

Turns out that my favourite old cow (“Daisee”) has congestive heart failure and we will have to put here to sleep. I’m hoping my boyfriend/partner and my dad will take care of that while I’m at work because I don’t want to be around.

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.