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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Battling through really tough year

I know you shouldn’t complain about all the wrong things in your life because I do realize how much good I have.

But seriously–this year really has been a tough one! We’ve lost some good people in our district, this weather, and personally I’m just having a tough time with many things.

I cannot seem to get caught up and I keep adding to my list instead of taking things off. I could cry at the drop of a pin right now.

District loses strong booster

Sadly, Rainy River District lost one of its strongest supporters last week.

I received the sad news late Friday night that Linda Armstrong had lost her battle to cancer.

Linda loved agriculture and her community. She had great passion about the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and was a part of that organization for many years.

Linda was a strong person and wouldn’t not back down from much. She used her strength to battle cancer but, unfortunately, it ended up winning—but not without lack of trying.

Trying not to stress about the weather

As much as this weather is driving me crazy, I’m trying to refrain from stressing about it too much.

I have some hay that’s cut and getting washed but there’s not much I can do about it.

Our family had a very nerve-racking week so I realize that not having much hay made, or the hay getting rained on, is minor compared to having your family healthy and safe at home.

Like many people, last week I experienced what it’s like to volunteer for something in your community and then have someone only find fault in everything you do.

Sure would be nice to start baling hay

We certainly were fortunate to have a great long weekend here in the Rainy River District­­—and I was hoping it would continue on for the rest of the week.

I cut hay . . . now if I can only get it baled . . .

This is the first year in many years that I don’t have one bale made by this time of the year. I’m trying hard to not let it bother me but it sure does.

One of my girlfriends continually reminds me that I have no control over the weather and I realize that—but it doesn’t make me feel better.

Rain, rain go away!

This rain! We have had just over six inches of rain this month alone, with two of that falling over the weekend.

It is starting to really get to me. It affects my work and my farm—and we have no control over it! I wore rubber boots all weekend just to walk around the yard.

It’s pretty hard to make hay. And even if the rain stops, we’re still looking at a few days of warm temperatures to dry things up.

Last year, there were many spots in our fields that we had to leave because of the water and it’s looking like it won’t be much different this year.

Crazy storm activity

I am writing this “Moos” column by candlelight Sunday night since our hydro was out for the second time that day.

We certainly saw some crazy thunderstorm activity over the weekend. Luckily, we seemed to be on the edge of the hail earlier Sunday and I drove as fast as I could out of it heading to pick up my mom and dad’s dog at Signature Kennels.

This week in the field

Wow, it is the middle of June! You will see most of the dairy farms making hay—or maybe even finished their first cut if the weather held long enough for them.

The beef producers traditionally cut a bit later (they tend to cut for quantity rather than quality).

Cattle all are likely on pasture now so there might be less work around the yard. But you now spend a bit more time checking on cattle since they are not right in the yard.

Time for the sun to shine

Yes, we needed the rain—but now the rain needs to leave and the sun needs to shine! The weeds are advancing quickly and it is killing me that I’m not able to get out and spray.

Meanwhile, the cereal trials at the Emo Agricultural Research Station are in need of trimming but we are not able to get out there with any type of equipment.

A fellow farmer told me that June isn’t supposed to feature good weather at all–I sure hope that was an incorrect prediction.

Cattle enjoying green grass

If you are travelling around the rural areas, you’ll see most of the cattle now are out enjoying the green grass.

The grass has come along quite nicely after getting some of this latest moisture.

But it is a wise idea to wait until the grass has a good head-start before letting your cows out in hopes of it to last for the summer and not becoming over-grazed.

My plan was to haul cows over the weekend and I awoke Saturday morning to some cows bawling–but not normal bawling. Rather, it was “Oh no, what is happening?!”

Great weather for long weekend

What a great long weekend! Amazing weather, lots of good company, visiting, and, of course fencing!

We certainly had pretty darn good weather and here at my house, we received a half-inch of much-needed rain!

The best part is the rain came and then the sun returned all in the same day! That doesn’t happen very often!

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We now have a permanent zip-line installed on the farm. My boyfriend/partner brought his two great-nieces over for a few runs on Saturday while everyone was fishing in the Stratton derby.