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Fall = Football, weaning, halter breaking, cattle sales and more

Monday was still in the 80s and it is October. Weather is beautiful, grass is still growing, however, the circles are getting tired of running and keep breaking down. Toni and Tulip, with Kade’s help, worked on Mug, Call and Blaze. Mom, Dad and I went to Kaine’s football game in Connell. Mom and dad brought Jaxsen in to practice on their way. Toni reported that these three are not as easy as the last three, the last three were unusually easy and these three are normal. Men and Anna did cow and show animal chores. Kade went up and helped when he got done helping Toni.

Tuesday the beautiful weather continued. Marty came and picked up Stormin, he is the first foal to leave to his new home. Kade had a game on Tuesday, so Toni worked on the foals then Meachams and mom went to the game. Kade played a good game, they played a hard team. Anna did the cattle chores, Kaine and I did the horse chores, I worked on the foals some more and moved the water and Kaine fed.  When we got home Anna, Kaine and I cleaned out the red trailer from the show supplies, so it was pretty late by the time we got in. Ben got home and worked on circles, then they had a picker vs semi accident at work (everyone is ok) so he had to go back. He got home at around midnight.

On Wednesday morning Toni took Wild and Mug into see Sheena. Wild got injured in the eye so needed at lavage and Mug needed travel docs. Tulip went with Mug because it was just the third day of halter breaking. Mug was so good and Tulip was a good sport like always. When she got home she practiced loading Call and Blaze as well. This is only day three in halter breaking, so they are all are doing very well. Toni and mom continued to dr Wild and Absolute throughout the day. With these eye injuries it is recommended that the horse (foal) be medicated 3-4 times per day, so we are doing 4 every day. Anna had an FFA Officer retreat in Quincy after school, so Jaxsen rode the bus home. Toni has been going to get magnetic therapy on her hip, so she had that in the afternoon. She brought the trailer down when she got home, we got to moms around the same time, and we practiced loading the three colts some more. Call and Mug probably would have done a lot better if they had not had the same pickup weekend and got weaned at different times. They are pretty mothered up. After the boys finished chores, they went up and did cow chores. Circle 8 had to be restarted Wednesday night, I guess it is getting tired of running. Mom made a rhubarb custard bar on Wednesday, it was really good.

                Thursday the colts were worked on twice, Jaxsen had a makeup game in Ephrata, so Toni worked on them before she left, then I worked on them again when I got home. They did really good. Kade, Kaine and I did horse chores, then the boys went up and helped Anna with the cattle chores. Toni and Jaxsen got home pretty late from their game.

Friday mom and I went to Tennelles and got our hair done in the morning. We doctored the two fillies before we left and when we got back. Dad did not go into work until later in the day. I hooked up the gooseneck and fed the show cattle, so when Anna and Kade got home we could head into Evergreen sale. Marlo, Jaxsen and Toni worked on the colts and did horse chores. Blaze was Marlo’s to work on, and he knows no strangers, he has been a typical Double. Easy and funny.  Shasta also came in with her colt, Dun Bug, who we have been trying to wean for a week now. Shasta recognized the trap as soon as she went in the gate, but it was too late. So Toni and Marlo got Dun Bug weaned. The men did the cattle chores. Kaine went to Toppenish for a football game, and caught a ride home with Jade. Kade, Anna and I got to Ellensburg, unhooked the trailer, Anna got in her Queen clothes and we went to the banquet. We had a good time, sat with cousins, Lyyskis, Wanda Burris, cousin Jill. Mom sent lemon bars and rhubarb custard bars for the dessert auction; they were very good. Toni and the men sold the Titan trailer, to cousin Jill’s best friend’s son. We had never met Luke and Eric before but I hear that we know all kinds of the same people so they were at the house super late talking.

Saturday McCall, Stacy, Kathy and Adrian brought Kaine to the Evergreen sale. Kade, Anna and I got up earlyish to have breakfast at the palace with cousins. Toni got up earlyish to doctor the fillies. Wild is getting really bad to doctor. She is not mean, she is just big and wasn’t halter broke before this injury situation, so she just kind of runs a person over.  Absolute has been in almost a week longer so is resigned to her fate.  The kids all judged, you get a sale credit if you do well, Kade won and received a $500 sale credit, which he used to buy Payton’s heifer. Kaine bought a Steve Jachetta heifer. We bid on a few others. Adrian bought a heifer, and a heifer for her brother. We hauled two heifers back for Kim and a steer back for Mike. We also stopped by Jarmins and picked up two clubby steers, one for us and one for Adrian. We had a great time at the sale talking to people and bidding. The Seldom Rest sale in Michigan was the same time on the same day. We were also able to get 2 heifers for the kids at Seldom Rest. Our good family friend, Ryan Cotton, has been very good to us in sifting through those heifers and helping us select that best heifers in our budget at that sale. Scott and Andrew at Seldom Rest treat the kids great and really help them at the Junior National Show. Jaxsen had a good football game, got some tackles, had fun. He had his special cousin Kasen come watch him (he calls Kasen his mini-me) along with Leslie, Jolene, and Reese. Toni left as soon as the game was over to load out Call with Hunter. Call loaded really well and he was off to his new home. Hunter has been out a bunch to play with Call since he put his deposit down so Call already liked Hunter. Hunter was really surprised at how big Call was. Call and Mug are on the bigger end of our weanlings. They may be the biggest two. Anna also got to go to Homecoming on Saturday night with her boyfriend Lane. McCall got Anna home from the Evergreen and then Anna wen to Toni’s for hair and makeup. Anna looked amazing and Lane looked pretty good too. Anna got to do some teenager stuff and enjoy herself.

Sunday morning Toni loaded out two more colts. Wes and Beth showed up to get the steer Mike bought. Ben made his own birthday lunch. McCall came out and her and Anna worked on the heifers going to the Nile. Marlo came and had birthday lunch with us. Dad was working so not there. Mom made fresh apple pie and rhubarb custard pie. After lunch Toni and Kade went down to halter the next group of foals.  Anna and McCall packed for the Nile. Kaine, Ben and I sorted out heifers, Spokane steers and fall show steers and moved a bunch of stuff around. Kale came and picked out his Nile heifer and his mom came with him and bought a heifer. Kale did not like the one Krystal liked, so they needed to get both. Ben had to go back to work to fix a picker right as Kale got there. Anna and Kaine started the cow chores, I went down and helped Toni finish the horse chores. Kade went up and helped Anna and Kaine when he got done.  Wild broke her pick line on the last dose of meds Sunday, so a new pick line had to be put in, but there was no new port, so medicating Wild got worse. We also needed new video of Cappy for a gal, so got that. Cappy is another typical Double and every time we work on him, Toni again says she doesn’t want to sell him. Cappy looks like a Double, moves like a Double, acts like a Double. Tons of personality and potential. He is going to be a hard one to sell for us.

We are in the thick of it now. Probably 1/3 done weaning foals, more like 1/4 done (at best) halter breaking foals and thanking Tulip every day for her contribution to the program. It is amazing what a donkey does for the halter breaking. She just helps the foals learn to give. We normally leave her hooked up to the foal once or twice for 15 minutes at the most, that is really all it takes. Every once in a while a foal may need more time with Tulip, but it usually doesn’t take much for the result you get. Tulip is pretty patient and has been a great protector and companion for the foals on top of being useful.

It is once again time for a Molly update. Molly has been cut back to three feedings of grain per day. No, no other foals get that much grain unless they are will Molly. Molly is also shedding out a dark bay or possibly a brown. Mom is very unhappy with this color change and would like Molly to go back to a blood bay. We were told today that we need to be loading Molly because she may want to travel. Maybe she does, maybe she doesn’t. We will be informed when we are informed as to what Molly wants. The reality is that Molly is a really great filly. She could be a spoiled brat, and maybe she is, but she loves all of us so we can’t see any devil in her.

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I guess I get a big F this week, here is my tardy blog post that is a little weak.

Monday was cousin Kendel and Mil’s birthdays, Happy birthday everyone. Jesse had a cute mini colt on Monday, to add to the birthday fun. I emailed that the big freezer was getting ice build up on it, the service tech called and was headed out by 10 Am, so I tracked Toni down to meet in him an hr. In the meantime mom called and Absolute had gotten out, so Toni had to run back down to moms and get her in. Absolute is Abs foal, who is less then a week old. She was standing at the gate unsure how she got out or how to get back in. Dad ran into the Basin City Hardware to get some irrigation parts. Kaine had a baseball game Monday night, dad and I went and watched him.  Jaxsen had baseball pictures, Toni ran him in, and then dad went and picked him and Emmett up and brought them to the game. Emmett’s sister Adrian was playing softball up by Kaine’s game. Connell beat Warden 8 to 5.  

                Tuesday circle 4 was safetied off so circle 5 is running. Toni went down and checked mares, checked Edie and Ed. Ed is a tiny little guy. Anna and Kade had an FFA BBQ, Kaine was supposed to go as well but had baseball practice. Anna and Kade stayed after school to help set up. Jaxsen had a baseball game after school so dad took him to that, they won, and I hear Jaxsen was a super star. Kaine went to the banquet after practice. Toni did horse chores before the banquet and Ben did the cattle chores. The banquet was great, Anna is the new president of the FFA and received the star farmer award. Kaine and Kade received their greenhand awards. Anna and Kade received awards for how their teams placed at state. It was a good banquet.  

Wednesday Rudy had a beautiful blue roan filly. She had a little trouble nursing, so Toni have her some nursemate. Mom and dad had to go to town, so Toni was in charge of feeding Molly B. Kaine had a game in Mattawa, I could not get off of work early, so Jarra brought him home, thanks Jarra. Jaxsen had a game in Connell, Toni did chores early and then went and watched Jaxsen. Kade and Anna started packing the trailer to leave on Friday. When Kaine got home they were still packing up the trailer, so he helped too. I fed Eddie, doctored Voodoo. Ben and I got 811 in, the older Angus bull, and put him in back in with the cows in circle 5.

Thursday we had a beautiful palomino filly out of Blue and by Tank. She was big and healthy. Kaine had practice. We packed up to leave on Friday.

Friday we headed to Salem for the Angus Regional show. Anna, Kaine, Kade, Ben, Leslie and I headed out around 8. We stopped in Pasco and picked up Traci, Ady, Natalie, Julian, Savannah and Kayla. We hit traffic outside of Portland, yea, shocking, so we rolled in around 3:15. We got all set up and went and checked into the hotels and ate and got ready for Saturday. 

Saturday was a long, long day. We got up at 4:30 to get read for the jackpot show. A for Angus started first, so we started showing at 9:30. Then there were 24 heifer classes, Kade’s heifers both won their classes so showed in the champion round, Julian’s heifer was second in her class so standby for the champion round. Then Jimmy, Frosty and Sam I Am the steers showed. Jimmy was reserve champion in his division. Then we had jackpot Showmanship. Anna, Kain, Kade and Natalie all made it back to the championship round. Anna was in the top 5 in intermediates. Jimmy and Lacey got to come back for PeeWee, and they were both excited to have Kayla and Savannah show them. Last but not least we had showmanship for the Angus show. Anna came back in intermediate, Kaine did not, Anna was 4th overall. After our long day we went to a fish house for dinner, it was really really good. Mom sent muffins and cookies, and Ben made us lunch burritos, we ate those all day.  

                Sunday was breeding classes for the Angus show. We started again at 4:30. Kade’s baby heifer was first for us, she was reserve champion in her division. Kaine’s heifer was 5th in her class. Anna was 4th with Victoria and 3rd with Lacey. Kade was 2nd in his class with his big heifer. All of the kids showed great. This was Sam I am first show and he did great. We were all exhausted so we did not come back until Monday.

Also, Anna and Lacey, her 2022 Nile Merit Heifer donated by 3C Cattle Company from Stevensville, MT, did great at their first two shows. They participated in the Oregon Spring Classic Jackpot and the NW Angus Regional Show last weekend in Salem, Or. Lacey stood 3rd in her class in both shows, and she showed so well she was also used in the peewee.

While we were off showing, lots of things were still happening at home. Fence was fixed. Toni had lots of calls and emails from people wanting to come out and look at horses, she could only fit so many people in, however, she fit as many as she could. She sold the yearling Double colt on Saturday. She started halter breaking Dagnon since we had an empty pen and a place to put her. Tulip was not into halter breaking such a big animal. McKenna brought Trison over for everyone to meet, now everyone, except Kade and Ben, have met him. Toni took lots of pictures while showing people around. Dad’s friend bought a saddle and gave it to us as a memorial for Grandma Ruth. It is a really nice saddle. Toni bred Abs to Stetson and Eddie to Sagebug while we were gone as well. Her and Jaxsen put Blue in with King and Rudy and Pepper in with Tank. There was also some tractor work done while we were gone, some dirt moved. Circles started and fixed. Cattle fed. Lots of ranch work.     

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Last Week in Pictures

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Our Last Fair is in the books, now it is time for Football.

Monday back to school and work for a few days, and then we will be at the Othello Fair. The boys all had football practice. Toni had a lot of phone calls to return. Dad worked at Pioneer Monday. We got steers ready, paperwork ready and food ready for our last terminal show. Othello is one of my favorite fairs, and as tired as a I am, I am actually really looking forward to Othello. They have some different events to watch that are fun, mounted shooting, draft pull.  The food is great and cheaper than the BF fair. It is a smaller, more community oriented, fair.

Tuesday the kids went to school, the boys to football practice, and Toni and Anna hauled our steers into Othello. Leslie hauled their steers in. So it was Toni, Anna, and Leslie to unload all 7 steers and the 5 heifers. Monica and Vixen were pretty anti going to the fair. Monica tried to load herself back up in the trailer to go home when she realized she was at a fair. After she realized there was no going back, she settled in ok. Stacy brought Adrian, Kaine and Kade after practice. I got there after work and chores.  We made a deal with Stacy that as long has he hauled the kids to and from practice, Adrian could stay with us and Stacy didn’t have to stay at the fair. He thought that was a good deal. So did we!

Also on Tuesday, we heard our good friend Gary Moore lost his battle with cancer. Anna is riding his horse, Katie, she has had her about a year now.  Gary and Judy have come and watched the kids show the past few years. Gary was a great man and will be missed by many.

Wednesday we had market and heifers, it did not start until 10, so we slept in until 5:30. We washed everything and then Simplot made us breakfast. It was great. FFA showed first and then 4H. Anna was grand champion in Market with Pumpkin and Kade was reserve with Kid Curry aka Silver. Kade really wanted to beat Anna, but his steer was just a touch too light to win overall. Both steers have been awesome in the show ring. Kaine took his homegrown extra steer that hadn’t been worked on as much and didn’t have a club look. He was a good steer, just not a show steer.  We had lots of kids in the championship round. Next we had the heifer show, FFA, 4H then Open. Anna was reserve champion overall with her Angus heifer, Beth.  This was Beth’s first show, as she is a 2021 AI calf. She was a rockstar other than a few kicking incidents.  Kayla, Savannah and Grace, who are 2, 4 and 5 years olds, all had division champions in open. I was named the Ringmaster by the Beef Superintendent so I got to run the heifer show the way I wanted to, so it was great. Then we went back and had lunch burritos and washed. I went home and did chores and then came back.