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Looking forward to a better year

Happy 2015 to everyone! If nothing else, 2015 has brought us some very winter-like weather with both snow and cold reaching us.

We seemed to coast right through December but now the normally-long month of January is proving to be a little more stubborn.

I found 2014 to be a very challenging year, and was looking forward to it being behind us and moving on to a better New Year.

I awoke one day last week to a fuse blown in the barn. This left a frozen barn, one water bowl frozen, sheep water frozen, and the tractor cord with no power.

Then as I changed the fuse and thought I would leave things to warm up on their own for a while, we discovered a broken fitting and water spraying everywhere.

With some difficulty (and some cold hands), we did get that changed.

Of course, that led me to discovering my overflow for the flowing well seemed to have a crack in the pipe, as well. We ended up having to put in a very temporary overflow but we are hoping it will make do until spring since this task requires moving a whole bunch of equipment in the well house.

As usual, this stuff always appears when the temperature drops.

The best part of that day was my annual Christmas visit with my girlfriend and her kids from town. Even though they are only in Fort Frances, everyone is so busy that we don’t get to see each other nearly enough.

But the best part is we can visit endlessly for hours!

Then on the following day, I again found myself challenged with another farm problem. Unlike the water issues, however, this one was unfixable.

One of my cows aborted twins and they were far too early to live.

My cows are still a fair distance from the house but as I went outside to head for my walk and to check on my herd, I could hear a cow bawling—and I knew right then that something was up.

Most likely the twins were tangled in umbilical cords and they became detached. Now my worry is that the cow will end up with mastitis since she is a very good milker.

So needless to say, I am looking forward to 2015—and hoping that the “not so great” farming days are behind me (at least for a while!)

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The annual meeting of the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association is slated for Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton.

Joe Hill (Beef Farmers of Ontario) and Barry Potter (Ministry of Agriculture and Food) will be attending.

We have a few constitution changes that need to be made and I plan to have those in the mail to our membership this week.

Of course, we also are looking for a few new board members so if you are interested, please let me know.

The RRCA is an exciting board to work with and we have so much to be proud of here in Rainy River District.