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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Winter preparations kick into high gear

Another Monday after a cattle sale! And to top it off I took Friday off, so I am really rushing around trying to get on track. We survived another cattle sale – and of course it decided to turn into winter for us! Thankfully Saturday we didn’t get any precipitation which is much nicer for not only our cattle but certainly our staff!!! We sold 1613 head for $1,727,509.79. It was a busy sale! We had a few concerns brought forward regarding viewing our sale. If it is absolutely necessary, we will allow 1 person per farm to come in and view the ring when your cattle sale.

Remembering family, looking forward to busy week

I hope everyone was able to enjoy a great Thanksgiving weekend – with or without turkey. I was fortunate to be able to celebrate with a few friends on Saturday night (with a ton of laughs and teasing) and again on Sunday night with my family. I know I have a lot to be thankful for and I am, but I miss my dad and it is overriding my thankfulness currently. It was hard to not think of him as he was a bit part of all our meals. He felt no one could make stuffing like him. The other thing; he was particular about the time we ate. Not just on holidays but everyday. 5:00 p.m. was the set hour.

Celebrate Ag Week with local food

October 5 to 11 is Agriculture Week! Ag Week is dedicated to celebrating the abundance of food our farmers produce, the Ontarians our industry employs, the rural communities we support and the economic engine we fuel. Each year, the week leading up to Thanksgiving weekend in Ontario Agriculture week, as it is a time to celebrated and recognize Ontario’s Farmers. To celebrate, fill your plates with fresh Ontario food this Thanksgiving and support our local farmers!

Buyers impressed with cattle quality

I was fortunate to be able to take off a few days last week and do some much needed tasks at home. We are at a good spot her at the Station but now we really need to get cleaning seed and doing some data! We will. This week that will begin. The rest of the hops need to come down and our plots will be chisel ploughed. This fall has been much easier for all of us. I saw someone comment the other day about how the leaves are putting on such a great display and it is true. I think last year everything was drowned out including our leaves.

Moos – September 21, 2020

This fall weather is so excellent! Really there is nothing like a long, warm, dry fall. I hope everyone is getting out and enjoying it. For me it seems extra special after last fall. I was a wreck stressing about the mud and mess. I am thankful not only for me but for all our cattle/animals. I brought all my cows and calves home Sunday morning. It was our weigh and pregnancy checking day. I always find it a very nerve-wracking day, but it went very well, and we only had one open cow. My cows cooperated and went through the chute easily.

Volunteers needed for Sales Barn renovations

What! The middle of September has arrived. It certainly seems like time is moving quickly and maybe more so as the days get shorter and we all try to pack as much possible into our days. The sunshine really helps with everyone’s mood and as well the long to-do lists! The Rainy River Cattlemen’s as hoping for a long, open fall as they are trying to re-build the Stratton Sale Barn. It is looking like they are going to work as hard as they can in between sales this fall to get as much done as possible. The biggest issue is the lack of pens since our fire last fall.

Fall harvest underway

It was a decent long weekend for us, provided you survived the crazy winds on Sunday night. We ended up with no power, so it seemed like a dark, long evening. I had some office jobs planned for that evening, so they had to wait. We were entertained by Black Bettie who performed for us as she was the only one that was enjoying the quiet time and all eyes on her. Marlee and I debated on trying to colour by candlelight but decided that it might be too hard on our eyes.

Cattle sale a success

Hard to believe we are moving into September. I think to myself; it is harder to believe as we missed out on the Emo Fair. We often gauge things based on the Fair. I wouldn’t complain if summer lasted a few more months and I could certainly find enough work to do. If summer can’t last, I am crossing my fingers for a warm, dry fall. That makes all the difference in the world.

Cattle sale around the corner

We got our combine back last week and started right into harvesting. We were lucky to have a young helper for a day last week. Levi was visiting his grandma and grandpa and he has strong interest in farming and growing. We enjoyed him so much and his knowledge was impressive. It was a hot day, and combining is a dusty, messy job but he never complained. We really missed him the next day; having three people for harvest is nice. We are trying to tackle the barley trials first and then mover on to oats. The yields seem decent, but we won’t have any results for a bit.

COVID Club Show a success

This would have been our Emo Fair Weekend and today would have been the dreaded Monday following a very busy weekend. We did have our overall “Covid Club Show” at Pam and Murray Wilson’s. The top two steers, heifers and showman all competed for the Grand Champion spot. It was quite a nice show and a big thank you to all the participants, the hosts and of course of judges, Riley, Brent and James. I was very proud that despite a challenging year we were able to pull off something, so that our members could still display the efforts of their hard work.