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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Fantastic support for 'pink' fundraiser

What a weekend! “Layin' Pipe in the Fight” held Saturday was incredibly successful!

Brielmann Ag, Tait Brothers Contracting, and Prinsco Canada, along with many other donations, saw $19,350 raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!

The conditions were perfect for installing the special pink-coloured tile, as well as having a crowd of people gather in a field for lunch, a penny table, and just good ol' socialization.

Some confusion over 4-H beef heifer show

I know I mentioned it may take me a few columns to get everyone caught up on the Emo Fair news and I guess because of the cattle sale last weekend, I may have overlooked it.

That and the fact that, of course, there are people who have some misunderstandings. In our 4-H beef heifer show there was some confusion on cattle entries.

In 4-H, cattle entries are in by June 1 so we have been aware of entries since then. There also was a new way of entering with 4-H Ontario that was going to solve all our problems (this is a sarcastic statement, as well).

Hoping for a return to summer

I'm sure hoping that summer returns soon.

Like we always say: “Once the Emo Fair is over, fall returns!” And that certainly held true this year.

It was a chilly week and I even had to break down and wear some long pants. Fortunately, it sounds like this week will be better and I certainly hope so. We need some sunshine to get back on our combine.

We also had a breakdown that was too complicated for us to fix! We were hoping it was ready by Monday so we could tackle the oat trials.

No rest for weary with fair, cattle sale

The Monday after the Emo Fair just might be one of the craziest days of all. I hadn't decided if I was coming or going.

The worst part is we are tying up the fair but it also is the beginning of cattle sale week.

2017 should go down as a wonderful fair! We had rain mid-week, but things cleared off and we had incredible weather for the weekend. It certainly was warm but we have been warmer—and we have been colder and wetter, too!

Our cattle show was excellent. With the higher number of animals, we ended up setting up all three barns this year.

Looking forward to my fair visits

As I move into one of the busy weeks of my entire year, I once again wonder why I do this to myself.

I would like to learn to not beat myself up if I don't have entries for the exhibition hall . . . it wouldn't be the end of the world!

Next week at this time, it will be all over-except for the tired feet and the mess of stuff to unpack and put away. But I do know that I would be disappointed for not trying and finding a few things to enter.

Girls getting animals ready

The weather cooperated for a great long weekend.

I was lucky enough to take Friday off so that made four days at home and since we had finished baling hay on Wednesday, I didn't have to rush around for that.

My only problem was I ended up with a nasty cold again so I wasn't as productive as I would have liked to have been.

The girls were able to spend some time in the country so we did get all our animals clipped (all eight of them) and we did a lot of walking around with animals. We all took turns pretending to be the judge.

Last week was crazy busy

I hope everyone is enjoying the heat wave we’ve been experiencing this past week.

It won’t last (it never does so I get frustrated when people complain about it).

Meanwhile, what a crazy busy week it was last week. Our soil and crop tour on Thursday was very successful and those who didn’t make it, you missed out!

We visited some extremely good crops and though we didn’t even realize it at the time of planning, all our stops were young farmers! How exciting!

A big thank you to those who participated in the tour, either by attending or hosting.

Summers are much too short

Wow, here we are at the end of July and into our crop tour/open house week.

It honestly makes me a little sad. Time goes so fast and summer is much too short.

I hope some of you are thinking about attending our crop tour this Thursday (July 27) and/or join us at the annual open house at the Emo Agricultural Research Station later that evening!

We are planning to meet at EARS at 9:30-9:45 a.m. and then drive around to see just some of the great crops in Rainy River District. We also will be joined by many special guests!

Making dry hay a real challenge

By now I doubt I have to write how I feel about this weather: rain nearly every day.

And truthfully, when people say to me, “Oh, we need a good rain" or "Farmers should be happy with this,” I want to lose it!

Making dry hay seems to be becoming a bigger and bigger challenge. I keep thinking how was it when we were kids—we made the little square bales on all our land and it seemed like it never rained!

I can't even imagine if we were trying to do that now (granted, our haying crew is much less).

Making hay has been slow going

We are slowly making some hay though it isn't an easy task when it rains every day!

On Friday morning, we were not expecting any rain and we had nearly half-an-inch at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS).

Then they were calling for a storm on Tuesday/Wednesday and it left me wondering what I should cut on Sunday. But like one of my trusty farmers told me, “If they can't predict when it will rain, how can they predict that it will!” So we cut.