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By Monday, we are what, 5 days in to the NFR? Guess who headed to Las Vegas, Yes, Toni and Kicker, which is why she was unavailable to read my post last Monday. Grandma Sherri is now retired, so she came down to stay with Kade and Jaxsen. Kaine had basketball practice Monday and the three older kids did chores, Jaxsen fed Double. Anna worked on Double Shot and Ty, Kaine fed down the driveway and Kade worked on the water. King was in with the older mares, so the kids had Ben come down and help them get him out. Ben also worked on the Polaris, since it is still not running, and put a battery charger on it. Chores took so long Sherri came down before they got done.
Tuesday we had a heifer calf by KR Direct Deposit and out of 405 and a Entice bull calf. There was no power at the school in the morning, but it came back on before the kids got sent home for the day. Chores went better for the kids on Tuesday, Anna said both of the colts did great, Kaine and Kade did front chores and water while she worked on the colts. Jaxsen fed Double and then went in to the house. All three bigger kids did back chores. Grandma Sherri came down and got Kade and Jaxsen and they went home and made ornaments that turned out pretty cool. I am disappointed I was not invited. Caleb and Kelten from Farmers Electric stopped by to assist Ben on a little remodel he is working on. I think that Ben learned it is not as little as he was hoping.
Wednesday I took dad down to his post op from this shoulder surgery, it is healing really well, he is cleared to drive and he is starting physical therapy in a week. Then we took mom to get her blood drawn and I took dad to get a coffee while mom was in giving blood. After I took them home, I went back to work. Toni and Kicker boarded their plan at 1 and headed back to WA. The kids had high hopes that Toni would make it back for chores, but you know how flying goes, she did not.
Thursday was our board meeting at work. Ben is at weed school so Toni checked cows. Our club calf experiment continues into this year and we had our first one of this calving season. A black Dakota Gold heifer with a dash of white on her face, Whitney says her name should be Dasher. Anna says she was born on Kaine’s birthday so he should have first dibs showing her. Toni said that checking was really junky in the fog, and took lots of excessive driving around the field to hopefully find all the cows. Toni was supposed to have court in the morning but it was pushed back to the afternoon, and then it was continued. Ben brought pizza home for Kaine’s birthday and we had lemon pie for dessert that mom made. We had two more calves on the ground when Ben got home. Kaine turned 12 on 12-12. That is pretty cool.
3 more Angus calves when Ben checked Friday morning, 2 heifers and a bull. I cannot think of what happened on Friday, other than I had to go to work. I know Toni had a bunch of work to catch up on too. Well, Friday must have been work, work, and more work. Chores got done, everyone lived through it, so it was a good day. We celebrated Kaine’s birthday at Mom and Dad’s on Friday night. Ben made meatballs for dinner. Ben is really good at cooking things that are mostly made with meat. Mom cooked up some noodles so we had a kind of balanced meal. Uncle Skip wasn’t able to make it Friday night in time for dinner, but the rest of the family was there.
Saturday Kaine had a basketball tournament all day in Connell, so I was in there. Toni was working on preparing documents for her hearings on Monday (4 of them). Anna and Ben got the cows in and sorted off the 4 late calvers that we were selling. Then, after they turned them out 7 cows decided to calve. Toni and Kade did chores and when Kaine and I got home it was time to go over to Grandma’s for the Nov – Jan birthday party.
We had a lot of fun at the birthday party, we celebrated all of the people turning 40, Toni, Leslie, Nick, Kendel and Bree, we celebrated Uncle Tom turning 70, and we celebrated everyone else too. We had a baked potato and chili bar, lots of drinks, lots of presents, and a piñata. Then it started snowing and we went home in the snow. Anna’s cow, Taffy, was calving when we left. So Anna and I went out to check on her. Of course she was in the last place we looked, so checking took many hours. We finally found her, with a live healthy calf, around midnight.
Sunday the couple that came out and looked at the 4 cows bought them. Ruthless’ owners came out and got him, he loaded and got caught like a champ. They also wanted to look at Cue, so he got brought in and caught. We tagged all 17 calves that needed tagged. We let Ty and Double Shot out and put Salbia and Magic Freckles in to halter break, which was just put the halter on Salbia and BAM she was halter broke. No joke. Magic Freckles isn’t quite as good, but she is pretty good too. Neither one of them had to drag their lead ropes, they come right up to whomever is around. They are not shy. Then Kaine opened up his presents from Uncle Skip, so Kaine got to celebrate his birthday Thursday through Sunday, but again, he was 12 on 12-12, that is a special birthday. After that we all headed home to rest up before another week begins.
Moving more cows around, tying up show cattle, working on foals and checking cows leads to a day full of fun
Monday was Veterans Day, a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We would like to take a minute to thank all of the Veterans out there.
Monday morning dad took a load of beef cows to Toppenish. Anna and I fed grain and checked animals, then I took mom to her physical therapy. She is getting physical therapy on her broken wrist. After physical therapy we got lunch to take home from checos. Following lunch, Kameron came to get the bred heifers, so Anna, Kaine and I got them in and sorted out the old cows that we had left in. Next, we caught the heifers and steers and then Toni, Kade and Jaxsen got there when we were almost done. The 4 kids worked on heifers and steers and Toni and I worked on M&M, Macy’s heifer that she is getting on Sunday. M&M did really good for her first time with the show stick. Then, Toni and I went down and looked at the bull calves and checked on Leroy and Fancy. Both are doing great. The kids washed off the grass carpets for our show on Sunday, we are just having one with the 4H group at the house since the kids missed the jackpot on Nov 2nd. Toni and I went down to do chores after and worked on the three foals. Also, I worked on getting breeding information into AIMS from our spreadsheet, we are going to start calving around Dec 17th, so I had better get it before then. I also made an apt for our grass fed heifer on Nov 20th, half is sold, but if you want some grass fed we have a half left.
Tuesday started out as a foggy day, and worked its way into a rainy day. Toni had caught the plague from the kids, I am hoping to not catch it. Since Toni was ill, I went with dad to the Franklin County Cattlemen’s meeting. I had not been in a while. Dad and I had a good time, I sat with Mindy and Leslie and Dad sat with Alexanders. Also on Tuesday, Toni says I am no longer allowed to write about my dislike for Daylight Savings, so I have stopped writing about it. Toni and the kids still did chores even though she had the plague.
Wednesday was another dreary day. Toni was still sick, but Toni and Leslie went to the Washington Cattlemen’s meeting in Kennewick in the late afternoon. Toni did chores before she left. Joe got home with Anna’s steer from TX, they got home a little after 6 PM, so we went over and picked him up and put the little red steer in with him. He looks really good and is pretty calm considering he just made a 36 hour trip by himself. He just stands there and stares at us all like what is going on? Jaxsen was not too interested in going to see the steer, so we dropped him off and he went in to see Great Grandma. He and Great Grandma had quite the conversation, but it is a secret.
Toni was so sick with the plague on Thursday that she came back early from the WCA Conferences, and did not even make it down to the conference. Anna, Kaine and Jaxsen did chores and then I ran Jaxsen home when I got there.
Friday Toni was still sick, but she took Double Down to the Sagehill Clinic to get Coggins, Brand, and Health to go to CA next week in the Youth Development Program. She started to feel a little better as the day went on. But, still not great. Kicker went down and helped the kids with chores.
Saturday we had not booked any horses to leave since we thought the boys had a basketball game. Ben went out and worked on fences so we could turn the bulls out on stalks and the calves out on the grass. The 4 kids and I caught everything and washed the show animals. Then we worked on them and took them for a walk. Dad, mom, Skip and Jack all got to moms on Saturday. Our cousins Brandy and Jody also came over to meet Jack, so Brandy’s kids went out and saw the horses and petted Rocky the bull. Toni and Kicker put out straw on Saturday as well.
Sunday was our KT Invitational, basically we invited the members of our 4H group and a few others. The kids, Kicker and I got up and started catching the animals. Toni went down and loaded Cutter and then she came down to help. Kicker went to put his tri tip on the smoker, since we were having a birthday party that evening. Ben was up at the house making bacon wrapped shrimp. We got everyone washed and blown and then went and had lunch. Josslin and Macy came, Bella, Adrian and Emmet. Macy showed her heifer, I don’t know what her name is yet, Bella showed Kade’s steer Nigel, Adrian showed Kade’s steer Goldmember, Emmet showed Kaine’s steer Austin, Anna showed her Texas steer, Sir Freddy G, Kaine showed his Montana steer, Smithers, Kade showed his Evergreen steer, General Gogol, and Jaxsen showed the clubby heifer, Foxy. We all had a great time, Adrian won market with Goldmember and Kade got Reserve with Gogol. Anna won showmanship and Kade got Reserve. We had volunteer judge Heidi Shattuck, and she really worked a lot with the kids. Tina Kocar donated ribbons, and they were AWESOME. If you want to buy ribbons go to Ribbons by Tina. Horseshoe Angus donated mugs for the Champion and Reserve and candy bars for all. Josslin stayed and helped do chores. More pictures coming soon.
After chores we had a birthday party for Anna and Toni, Toni is turning the big 40 on the 19th. We all also got to meet dad and Skip’s brother Jack over the weekend. California cousins, Linda and Patricia flew up to meet Jack too and participate in the birthday party. Lots of food and laughter, you can’t have a better birthday party than that!
Monday, Ben, Anna, Kaine and I came back from Boise. Toni and the boys had a busy day, there was a person out in the morning looking at foals, there was a kid out in the afternoon looking at heifers, and Toni sold the May heifer as a show heifer. We are excited to have another show heifer out there getting shown. We are also getting a heifer in for one of our best friend’s daughters. It has yet to be decided if she will be shown, but she is going to get halter broke. Anna, Kaine and Kade caught the steers when we got home and then came down to do chores and see grandma and grandpa. It was nice to have some time away, but now we need to get back to business.
Tuesday everyone was back to work, school and football. Jaxsen got a day off from working on steers because Toni had a late afternoon meeting so she could not take the kids up to work on them. Jade took the kids and brought them home from football since Toni had the meeting. Thanks Jade! We got a few new pictures of foals Tuesday night. But the gnats were so bad all of the horses were clingy because they wanted scratched. It was definitely a gnat in the eye type of day.
And then it was Wednesday. Ben started harvest, so he left at 3:30. Kade had scouts, so Jade picked him up from school and took him, Jaxsen is not doing scouts this year. Jade also picked Kaine and Kade up and took them to football practice. Anna and Jaxsen worked on the steers, for a little while, when I got home and asked them why they were already loose they told me there was wasps in the gate. So I don’t know how much they actually worked on them. Mom had tripped on her dog leash and broken her arm, so Mom, Dad, and Toni spent the majority of their day in the ER.
Thursday, Toni had someone coming out to look at foals, so they drove around. We had moved the desert pasture into an irrigated circle, but those horses are not happy. You would think green grass would make for jolly horses, but they are mad they got moved. Dad took the extra show steers in to get brand and health checked so we can sell them, they are headed to Idaho. Boys had football practice and Anna helped with chores until Toni got there.
Friday, Toni and Kicker took Jaxsen and headed to Clarkston, Toni and Kicker are going to a Cougar game and Jaxsen gets to stay with Grandma Sherri (and Papa Barry). Kade gets to stay home with us, the boys have a football game Saturday, the kids need to clip their steers and we get to set up for Connell.
Kaine and Kade had a football game in Ephrata, Ben took them so Anna and I could get some work done at home before the Connell Fair. Coco also went and watched the boys play. The boys played awesome, and Connell won. Anna and I got circle 4 in and sorted off two show heifers we sold to wean and halter break. Then Anna went down to help grandma freeze pears and peaches. I moved the riding horses into circle 5 so we could move around the weaned calves and turn the show heifers out in their pen. Chad and his family came down and looked at foals. Then Anna came home and we caught the steers and Anna washed them. I continued to move the calves around that we have weaned and sort them. I ran the steers over the scales and weighed them. I moved Gunner, or Gunner moved himself since the gate was open, into the feeder calf pen, from the bull pen. Gunner was really helpful getting the calves in. Then the boys and Ben got home, the boys clipped their steers and Anna, Coco and I went to do chores.
We started Sunday by getting the camper ready to take into the Columbia Basin Junior Livestock Show, “Connell Fair.” Then the boys went out and mixed grain. Next, we headed in to set up at the Connell Fair, we got the camper parked, and most of the 4H group got there at the same time so we are all together for the most part. Toni, Kicker and Jaxsen got home a little after 1. Ben worked on circles most of the day. We got home from set up and the kids caught, washed and worked on their steers. Toni, Coco and I went down to do chores. We sorted off 4 foals to start halter breaking. Moved some of the old mares around.
Don’t forget , if you need some beef for your freezer the Geddes and Meacham kids will be at Connell and have put lots of work into their steers all year. Not to brag, but these kids work their tails off and we are pretty proud of them. We are hauling in on Wed, so come see us there!
Monday started out a lot the same as last week, it flew by because there was a lot to do. Kaine, Kade and Anna worked on their steers and rested. Jaxsen hung out with his mom. Toni was at home having meetings most of the day. Monday night Leslie came out and got the kids and took them to a sheep clinic so they could practice showing sheep in case they get into the round robin at the fair. We had a call on Ty Monday night, so Toni ran out into the desert and got some pictures of him. I am still working on the 1700 pictures from the Evergreen show at night. We also had calendared that Kool could come back in heat, and she did. We weren’t planning on breeding any mares this late in the season, but Jackpot decided that he was going to take that decision out of our hands. We are trying to view that as a positive.
Tuesday Toni had court first thing in the morning, so she dropped the boys off with dad and mom, since dad finished helping with harvest Monday. Tuesday was a really hot day, over 100 degrees, so the kids just tied the steers up in the barn under the fans and did not work on them much. The kids came down and helped do chores on Tuesday. Mom and Jaxsen made brownies for us all and we had brownies alamode after chores. When it is that hot outside, and you feel like you are melting into the ground and sluggish just as you walk around, you know it is best to do as little as possible and keep the water on.
Wednesday was another hot one. The kids just put the steers in the barn under the fans again, they seemed to be getting a little lax in their washing duties. Kaine and Kade fed grain Wednesday night while Ben and Kicker worked on circles. Toni and I did chores, we are keeping water running in each pen so the horses can get under the sprinkler.
Thursday was a little cooler. The kids washed their steers. Our friend Dianne was up from Oregon, so Toni got to catch up and have lunch with her. Then Thursday night, Toni and Jaxsen got chores done so us adults could go to a surprise birthday party for our friend Tennelle. The kids went down to mom and dad’s for pizza and root beer floats. The boys ended up spending the night and Anna went back home. Ben worked late so he did not come with us. But, Toni, Kicker and I had fun.
Friday was one of those, thank goodness it is Friday kind of days. The heat just saps a person’s strength. The news said that we were supposed to get a break in the weather. We are starting to move mares around, get foals moved around, ship mares home, so Friday was just getting everything planned out.
Saturday started with Anna and Kaine tying up the steers. Also, John and Raven came out early that day, along with Tall John, Joe, and one of Joe’s kids. While Toni and Kade were driving them around on the tour, they found a mare that had cut her face. John led her up to the house. Kaine, Anna and I ran her into the Othello vet to get stitched up. Then we all went to a family party at Tom and Peggy’s. It was a lot of fun, the kids swam in the pool, Kaine and Kade were trying to flip off of the diving board, and they were getting pretty good by the time we left. When we got home, Toni and Jaxsen did chores, Kade and Kaine fed steers, and Anna and I ran into the vet to pick up the mare. Ben and Kicker were working on circles. After that Toni and I went out to get one of the outside mares in that we just adore.
Sunday we got all of the heifers and steers tied up. Tim and Laura came out and got Lily, who was out with Bishop. Erina and Terry came out and got Livy, she was in with Dude. Erina is on summer break and brought us homemade pickles made with zucchini. We got the cows in and weaned the December and January calves off of the heifers and got in a load of beef cows to send in. It had been stormy the last several days, so the weather was amazingly nice. It was the perfect weather to work cattle and get work done.
Lots of hot weather hit us last week. Monday flew by, there was a lot to do. Toni was in town all day, she took dad to his dr apt and she had court. The kids unloaded the trailer, since Toni needed it in a couple of days to take to Dusty and get Jackpot. The kids also washed all their steers and heifers. I was really busy at work from being gone Thursday and Friday to go to the Jackpot show and then this Thursday and Friday Anna, Kaine, Leslie and I went to Montana. Leslie told Anna and Kaine that we are going on a real vacation, not a showcation, so if they want to stop, to find some spots. We promised Sonny that if he did a good job at Rizville, we wouldn’t make him show anymore this year, and he has taken that to heart. Anytime anyone asks for help, he says he is done, he doesn’t have to. Well that is not going over very well. The bad news is that on this ranch, we all pitch in and help each other, so little Sonny is going to have to step up.
Tuesday Toni a had mediation all day, I had made a hair appointment after work, so Anna, Kaine and Kade were in charge under the supervision of their grandma. They washed their steers, cleaned out the trailer, sorted the office and did chores. They didn’t put hay on the trailer as we are always worried about bales falling down, but they filled up buckets, checked water, and got everything checked and fed. They are great kids. Since Jaxsen does not have a steer yet, he got to stay with mom and “help” her. I picked Jaxsen up on my way home and he helped Kaine and Kade feed grain. There is debate over which boy started the grain fight, Jaxsen says he kind of threw the grain first, but all three boys needed a shower after chores at my house. Sweat, dirt, and corn dust aren’t really a good combination to sleep on. Ben was out late working on circles, and Toni was out late with settling the mediation. Dad had a busy day on wheat harvest Tuesday, the axle broke on one of the combines and one of the trucks broke down. But don’t worry, his is still running strong.
Wednesday Toni and Kade headed to Dusty to get Jackpot and take Exit’s three ponies back that Dreamer bred. Toni had to be up there by 10 for a conference call with Sonny and ACE. They got back around 3, and then the three older kids washed the steers. Jaxsen stayed to “help” mom all day. Lucy the puppy also went on the trip to Dusty. She enjoys going in the pick-up. Tim Johnson rode Jackpot and we got to see how far along he was in his training. Jackpot is a very handsome, pretty moving, agile stallion. Jackpot is home now and we are looking forward to breeding mares to him in 2020.
Thursday Kaine, Anna, Leslie and I headed to Wilsall, Montana to see Morgan and Joe. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen stayed home to work on the steers, and work. Kicker was getting back from Winipeg on Friday and Ben had to stay home to work too. We left for Wilsall fairly early so we could make stops. We stopped at St. Regis for milkshakes and burgers and we stopped at the Fort Missoula and military museum on the way down. Both were pretty cool, but it was hot when we were there. We got to Wilsall in time to have dinner with Joe, Morgan, the twins, Marlo, Diane, Grandma and Grandpa Morter, Nellie and Rod. Then we set up the camper and went to bed. Toni had a deposition on Thursday afternoon with one of her cases, then hauled butt home so Chad could come out and trim horses. Chad can only do so many in a day, and we have lots to get done.
Friday we helped Morgan set up for their party, moving tables and chairs around. We helped Morgan doctor her horse and hung out with her and her aunts, cousins, Diane and the twins. Jolene, Nick, Kasen and Jay all got there on Friday too. Toni sent us pics of Jaxsen happily working on Kaine’s steers. Jaxsen was pretty much a hard no on helping with the steers, but with 6 steers to get done, he had to step up. The party was a lot of fun and we were glad to get to see how Morgan lives in Montana. We hear a lot about it, but it was really cool to see the life she has made for herself.
Saturday we just spent the day with Morgan, McKenna and Joe, everyone else had left. Toni, Kade, Jaxsen, Ben and Kicker were all busy working at home. They moved some of the horses home from Sagebug’s pen, got two December calves in that we sold as Spokane steers, and weaned them, sorted the bulls out and got them put together, moved a mare out of Colonel’s pen, fixed circles, and all the other normal ranch stuff. Then they went to Tennelle’s birthday party that night. There was a giant water slide and they had a lot of fun.
Sunday we headed home, we stopped at the museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, which was really cool if you ever get a change to stop. Then we stopped in Wheat Montana Farms in Broadwater for lunch, they have a great bakery and deli there. Next, we went to Missoula and stopped and did a little shopping at Murdocks. Lastly we stopped at St Regis for shakes again and did a little more shopping at the gift shop. We got home a little late but had a lot of fun.
Toni, Kade, Jaxsen, Ben and Kicker were busy working at home still. The two Spokane steers left to their new homes. Toni had people coming out and she took a lot of new pics of the foals. They worked on the steers again, and are getting ready for BF Fair which will be here before we are ready. Heat, heat, and more heat is in the forecast. We are doing our best to keep irrigation water on in all of the fields to give the livestock some relief. We are moving the bigger foals back to the main house to get ready to start weaning in a month. It is fun to see the size comparisons. You think a foal is big, then you get it next to some others, and maybe it isn’t as big as you thought. So far we are pretty happy with the foal crop and glad that we are done foaling with this heat.
Addy is up visiting from CA, so the kids are having a great time hanging out with her. Monday Coco took the kids over to Connell to work on the Hereford heifers. Kade was feeling ill Monday, and Jaxsen does not have a Hereford heifer, so they both stayed with mom. Dad is busy helping the Roach/Moore clan with wheat harvest, so he has been absent from home. After Anna, Kaine and Addy were done working on heifers Coco took them back to my house to load tack for the upcoming show weekends. When I got home Kade was feeling better, so I took him and Jaxsen home with me so Kade could help the other kids, and Jaxsen hung out in the house. Mom made homemade cinnamon rolls on Monday, and they were really good. Toni had meetings all day so none of us saw her. Kaine, Kade and Addy took the ranger down Monday night and helped Ben and Kicker pick up the left over bales from the field.
Tuesday Toni took Jackpot up to Pomeroy for Tim Johnson to check out and see if he will show him. She noticed a bad tire on the way so the trip took longer than anticipated, but thanks to the great people at the Grange, the tire got fixed quickly, and she was back on the road. Coco took Kaine, Kade and Addy to Connell to work on heifers. Anna had injured her arm some time over the weekend and it is gradually getting sorer. So, she stayed home to rest it on Tuesday and just catch the steers at our house and tie they up until the other kids got back. Toni was late picking up the boys from Connell. Coco and I did chores since Toni was running late. Anna, Kaine, Kade and Addy fed grain and let the cows in on Tuesday. Toni also brought 2 horses home, because that is what we do, and dropped them off to be kids’ horses.
On Wednesday Leslie, Traci and the little kids brought the show heifers and Carmen and Ady’s steers over to get them someplace new before the show this weekend. Anna, Kaine, Kade, Addy, Toni and Coco were also all there. We are referring to Wed as the “Hereford Clinic” since there were 8 Herefords that came for a visit. All of the cattle came off of the trailer great. Skittles’ shorthorn heifer acted like a shorthorn heifer and kept walking off without her. Toni ended up having to help with that one. Leslie and Traci were both weighed down with babies. Somehow Jax ended up evading showing his heifer at the clinic, but everyone else showed at least twice. Everyone had lots of fun playing with the miniatures and working on their animals. After everyone left Anna, Kaine and Kade took a small break and then washed their steers. I went and picked the 5th wheel camper up from Broadmoor, it was finally done. Coco and Toni did chores and then Toni took Colonel back down to his pen.
Thursday morning the kids washed their heifers and steers that are going to Sagebrush. Toni had some friends out with their granddaughter to see the horses and pick-up their mare. Then at 1 Toni took them in to help Leslie and Alan Alexander set up. Our 4H group normally helps them set up for the Sagebrush Classic. They were heavy on kids, low on adults, but it got done. Afterward Toni took our 4 and Addy to get milkshakes before bringing them home to pack up the trailer. After chores Addy, Anna and I finished up packing the trailer. Kaine and Kade were feeding the steers and heifers.
Friday was the showmanship clinic, so Toni took the kids and their steers, and Jaxsen’s heifer, in. Leslie took the heifers from Connell in. The kids all had a blast at the clinic and did an awesome job. The clinic started at 1 and each class was in for 30 min. There were approximately 40 kids that showed up for the clinic so it was a really good turnout. Mom and I were the only ones home Friday night, so I got to do all the chores and move all the water around.
Saturday we needed to be at the Sagebrush Classic at 8, so Kaine, Anna, Addy and I caught the steers and then Toni, Kade and Sonny got there and we headed in. The steers did really well. Kade’s steer won his class and went back into the championship round, Anna’s steer was second in his class and was on standby to go back, and Kaine’s steer acted great. Ben did chores for us so we did not have to get done and hurry back.
Sunday was the heifer show, so we got up extra early and loaded the heifers and went in by 5 am so we could get washing done. Foxy Cleopatra had never been anywhere, so it was her first show. The heifers from Leslie’s had not been anywhere either. But, all of the heifers acted great. In showmanship, for Jrs, Kade won his class and got to go back to the championship round, Kaine and Jaxsen both showed great but did not get to go back. Anna is an intermediate, and she was the Grand Champion Intermediate Showman.
The heifer classes were in the afternoon. The clubby heifer was in the first class, Kaine was showing her and got to go back to the championship round. Kade and Kaine’s Hereford heifers did great but did not get go back. Anna’s Hereford heifer won her class and got to go back, and Jaxsen and Black Widow just did a great job (although Jax almost didn’t get to show the second time as he was MIA). The clubby heifer is also a Charolais influence heifer so she got to show in that class, she had a long day for her first time out and let everyone know by refusing to set-up perfect and wallering around. Kaine handled her like a pro.
The Kniveton and Swayze’s stayed and helped us clean out the barn, thank you. Then we packed up and headed home. A big group helped Leslie and Alan take everything down so that they weren’t left to do it all. We had a great time and it was a great show. That was Zsa Zsa’s last show, so she went directly out into the pasture. Foxy was happy to be home with her mom. And Black Widow wished that she got to go out with Zsa Zsa and be done, but she has one more show. Toni and I let the kids rest and did chores on our own. We were all so exhausted that we got our work done and headed home for an early night.
We are frequently asked what type of ranchers are we? Are we horse ranchers with cattle, or cattle ranchers with horses? Most people assume, because we have approximately 80 head of horses, that we are horse people. We are not. We are multi-generational cattle ranchers. If anyone ever wants to read about our history, we have a brief write-up on our website under the history tab- https://ktranch.com/history/ This may seem like an insignificant distinction, but to us, it is important to recognize where we are, how we got here, and what our future holds, which will always be cattle. Our priority will always be the cattle sector of our ranch. But, Toni does tell people that the horses take up 5 times more of our time and expens as the cattle do, however, that is mine and her time, Ben and Kicker spend the majority of their time with the cattle, alfalfa and circle repair. The month of May is such an important month to cattle ranches as it is Beef month. When you are faced with which protein to buy at the store, please remember that cattle ranchers everywhere thank the everyday consumer and appreciate you helping us stay in business! I could go on and on about the benefits of beef to the environment, to diets, to our everyday life, but I won’t this time. Just know that beef is whats for dinner, and we thank you for helping to keep it that way.
Monday was a beautiful day. Kristy came out in the morning to look at Gen, Bell’s colt. She brought a couple of ladies with her and I hear they had a great tour of the ranch. Toni had court, which she was out in record time, 3 minutes. Toni also took mom to get her glasses on Monday. Kaine had baseball pictures on Monday night, and of course he forgot his form and money at our house, luckily Maria had an extra form and paid for him. Mar and Leslie brought Mar’s mare out to breed to Bishop Monday night. He thought she was in heat but Bishop did not agree, so they left her. We had a meeting Monday night for mom and her colt, we all had to come up with a name, and mom picked one, and then mom decided on what to price her colt at. Lona is mom’s horse, so KT Doc Hollywood is moms. Just ask her, she will tell you it is true. Toni had a late meeting Monday night to get some of our farming stuff figured out, which she made progress. Toni is also wanting to starting fencing projects again, but we are ignoring her since there is just NOT enough time in the day.
More rain on Tuesday, we like the rain, it makes our desert grass grow. Again, no new foals. Keshia and Ana from the Fantasy Stables and Fantasy Ranch board games came out to take pictures of the foals for advertising and cards in the games. Gunner is a featured stallion in Fantasy Ranch, and there are a number of his foals in the game. Colonel, Goldy, Shasta and Shiney are all on the back of the cards, as well as on the top of one of the rules pages. Dude is on the top of the one of the cards. And two of our horses are also on the cover that are owned by Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, which is one of the ranches featured in the game. The girls got some good pictures, but the weather wasn’t great. Even with the junky weather, they took about 3000 pictures. We are really excited to see the pictures when they are done editing.
We woke up to a cute buckskin filly on Wednesday out of Pepper and by Gunner. Toni had a conference call first thing then headed out to check. There were not any other foals. Wednesday was the only day Toni didn’t have a set ranch project to complete, so she decided to try and get some of her actual job work done. Kade had boy scouts Wednesday night, he got to cook a meal and set up a tent, so Toni ran him into that. Kaine, Anna, Jaxsen and I finished up chores and went and started digging a post hole. Toni got there when we were ¾ done. After we buried the post Leslie showed up to get Mar’s mare, so Kaine, Anna and I left and left Toni and Sonny to help Les.
No foals Thursday, Toni took Whim into Dr Sorenson at Sagehill Vet Clinic to get cut, she also took an outside mare, Livvy, in who cut her leg and an Angus bull in for a semen recheck. Lucy the puppy needed some more puppy shots, so she got to go which made her happy as she thinks she needs to go everywhere with Toni. Toni had a conference call starting at 10 and made it back from dropping the animals off with 6 minutes to spare. Then she had to go between clients to go pick them back up. This was Whim’s second time being loaded in a trailer and his first ride in the trailer. Again, such an awesome awesome mind on this guy. The bull was in the front compartment and he had to load next to a yearling bull.
Thursday we also got an email from our cousin Jodi, cousin on our dad’s side. Her dad, our uncle Walt, passed away from Prostate cancer, and her mom also was a victim of cancer, our aunt Janet. Jodi is participating in a ZeroProstate Cancer walk/run to bring awareness. Currently our Grandpa has prostate cancer, our great Uncle Don has prostate cancer, our neighbor Bob, and of course our uncle Walt died from it. Click here to view the team page for Pierson Pride
Thursday night we packed the trailer and tackbox for our trip to E-burg and the Angus Preview. Planning ahead this time we actually got everything we needed in the tackbox so no one had to make an emergency run to a feed store for provisions.
Friday we woke up to a cute brown colt by KT Reed Me a Double and out of Piper. The kids went to a half day of school and then we headed to E-burg to the Angus show. We checked in, check into our motel, got the heifers settled in and washed. Then we went and had dinner at Ellensburg Pasta (since Lyyski’s were not there to take us out) and back to the motel. The kids swam a little while in the pool then we had an early night since we were having an early morning.
Saturday we got up at 4:30, got to the barn and got the girls washed and ready to show. It was no fit showmanship, so we did not have to fit until after. Anna and Kade both made it back to the championship round in showmanship, and Anna was the Reserve Champion Junior Showman. Kade’s bred and owned heifer was Reserve Champion in her division. Anna’s May heifer was Reserve Champion in her division. Both of Kaine’s heifers made it back to the championship round, Jaxsen’s heifer made it back to the championship round, and Kade’s second heifer being third in her class, so one spot from making it back. We had a great show, all the kids brought home a check. Jax had significant improvement in his showmanship skills from the first class to his third class. He has decided he wants to beat his brother. That is a big goal!
Sunday Payton had a cute brown colt by Bishop. We got the mares in on Sunday to move Lona and Piper out with Leroy. We hauled Pepper out to Gunners pen. We caught and washed the heifers and caught the steers. Sunday was a long day, but we got what we needed to get done, done. Now the start of a busy week. The countdown has started for the school year to be over. The kids are already working on their steers after school, and I think may have summeritis already. We would like those last mares to foal so we could count spring as over and summer as here! Looking forward to summer weather and lots of new friends coming to look at foals.