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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Challenges seem to be never-ending

Last week seems like just a blur.

Our cereal performance data was due Thursday. Although I knew we were cutting things pretty tight, it all went bad when I went to enter the numbers and discovered our 1000 kernel weight machine was giving us false readings.

There was no way we would have time to re-do all of them and still make the deadline. So we did what we could and had to ask for forgiveness.

Fortunately, they were happy to have our yield data at least.

Still lots of work at EARS

Though it was a damp morning here in Rainy River District on Monday, we sure cannot complain about the temperatures!

It seems odd not to be dressing up in full outdoor gear.

I even had to cut my grass again over the weekend—amazing! And my flowers are still blooming. I realize all good things come to an end but I’m savouring every bit of it.


Thanksgiving weekend a great time

A couple of my friends purchased a cabin on Off Lake and we went up to celebrate my birthday on Friday night!

They have wanted a place for many years and they certainly made a great choice!

We had a great time but because of the busy Thanksgiving weekend ahead, we didn’t want to stay up too late!


I picked up the girls Saturday around lunch time and we were off to spend the weekend in the country! We had made plans that if the weather was nice, we would craft; otherwise we were doing outside stuff!

Hoping for sun to return

Well, I’m hoping the sun will return again! I think we all enjoyed it much more than these dark wet days.

We have surpassed normal rainfall amounts for September so I’m hoping that means October will be drier. I certainly need the sunshine to return in order to complete our soybean harvest at the Emo Agricultural Research Station.

I understand they have been getting some hard frosts in Northeastern Ontario, but things are staying pretty darn green here and well about freezing temperatures.


Hoping for warm, dry week

I checked the weather forecast Monday morning–in hopes of a warm, dry week–and it looks like we will have decent temperatures until the weekend.

So enjoy this week and spend as much time as possible out in the sun. Nice days in the fall seem hard to beat.

I’m hoping we will might be able to tackle some soybeans, which is why I was hoping for some dry days with plenty of sunshine. The leaves have dropped but the seed needs some drying time.

Still plenty of work to do

It’s crazy how quickly time is flying by. And even more crazy is how quickly the days are become so short!

It sure makes a difference with drying time. Even the slightest amount of rain makes a big impact and you are off the land a lot longer than our longer summer days.


There’s still lots to do at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. Besides seed-cleaning, we need to finish spraying Round-Up and then tackle plowing.

Pleased with good crop of baled hay

Well, the change in weather will have slowed down all the grain getting combined and the hay getting baled.

I think we may have been fortunate since I only received just over half-an-inch at home. But as we were travelling into Winnipeg on Sunday, they were getting hammered by rain.

If we only get this amount, it quickly will find its way into the ground and you will see the machinery back in action.

Prior to this rain, the weather was darn near perfect–the biggest problem at this time of the year is the heavy dews and shorter days.

Cattle prices decent at sale

Well, another busy weekend is in the books.

Our first cattle sale of the fall season was held Saturday at the Stratton sales barn, during which 631 head sold for $830,211.03.

Despite cattle prices lower than last year, we still saw some decent prices.

In fact, the auctioneer made a point of stating that we were on par with the west, then got quite excited when we were over the western prices.

Another fall fair in books

Well, another Emo Fair is behind us.

We certainly ended up with a pretty decent weekend. The rain could have passed us by Saturday night but like many said, “It wouldn’t be an Emo Fair without rain!”

I was happy that it didn’t rain enough to cancel the stock car races as the stands looked full and the pits were full of cars!

Saturday night is my time in the 4-H food booth and it remained steady for the evening.

Meanwhile, the cattle show went off very well, with the cooler temperatures welcomed by not only the participants but the cattle, as well!

Fair coming up fast

Here we are the week before the Emo Fair week! Yikes! So much to do and little time to do it.

I ended up taking last Friday off and having the girls out to work on “Fair Stuff.”

I can honestly say they have trained their calves on their own.

I have to help tie them but after that they are doing the pulling and the pushing. They are certainly building a lot of “hockey muscles!”

It really proves that when you do stuff on your own you have a great deal more sense of accomplishment—and this is very clear with the girls and their calves.