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Fields look more like lakes

Well, last week was ruined by the crazy amounts of rain that fell across the district late Monday night.

We had 2.5 inches, which left windrows of hay in standing water, while my west-end friends saw five inches of rain and fields that looked like lakes.

The water is not going away too quickly, either, since the ground is just about as fed up with the rain as we are.

I did get to bale up most of my water-logged hay, but had to leave many rows in the field since it was still in water.

I finally started to cut again Sunday night in hopes we may see a decent week of weather.

Of course, I have a busy week ahead of me with the annual soil and crop tour, as well as the open house at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, set to go tomorrow (July 31).

This is the time of the year when I feel very overwhelmed between haying, the research station, the Emo Fair, and sales barn jobs.

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Our Emo Beef Club held its annual fun day over the weekend and big thanks to Penny and Tony Flatt for hosting us once again.

Tony and Penny went above the call of duty and built us a nice new corral so that the members could practise with their animals.

I was so proud of all our members–their animals were all so well-behaved and we had a wonderful practise day!

Thanks to all the parents/grandparents for getting the kids and animals there, and helping with our club duties.

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Unfortunately, while my brother was out investigating the upcoming deer season (yes, he is preparing early), he noticed I had a cow that wasn’t keeping up with the herd.

I gathered up my medicine, rope halter, and fly spray and headed to catch her. I was thinking she had a sore foot but it was a swollen hock.

I caught her and needled her in the bush, but chances of catching her again and doing that likely will be slim. They never seem to make it home in these cases (she is able to walk but just not keeping up well).

I may have to end up walking her home if it looks like she is going to need more medicine.

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I finally had time to get the area set up for our fair cattle and managed to sort them out from the rest of the herd.

Now to find the time to get them tied up and calmed down.

Maddie and Marlee are anxious to get working on them, but they will need a few days of “rodeo-ing” before the girls can manhandle them.

The girls certainly are becoming more and more helpful with things around the farm. It is a nice treat and they feel quite important when they tackle a few chores.

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Usually when the girls and I are in the truck, we listen to music and sing loudly. Their favourite song is “Roxie Roller,” mainly because that’s our dog’s name.

Marlee told me while we were singing that she’s pretty sure that song was written by someone who reads the paper when I write about the them and Roxee!

I said, “Well, maybe!”

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Don’t forget I’m looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday (July 31).

The annual soil and crop tour will meet at the Emo Agricultural Research Station at 9 a.m. and then make our way to Stratton to begin the tour.

Then our open house is set for tomorrow starting at 7 p.m.

Get in touch with me if you’d like to see the complete schedule.