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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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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.

Thursday was fitting and showing. The kids all showed great. They all made it back to the championship round, even Kaine with his steer that had no experience. I would just like to say that Kaine handled the steer like a pro, even when the steer wasn’t cooperating.  Anna was Grand Champion Senior showman, Kade was Grand Champion Intermediate showman and Julian was Grand Champion Jr Showman. Anna was also overall 4H showman and Judge Toth said if he had a reserve it would have been Julian (Kade also showed very well in the final drive).  When Judge Toth told Julian he liked Julian’s belt, Julian replied “I do too, but it would look better with a belt buckle.” That kids is witty! He must have made the perfect impression because he was the top Jr and showed like a rockstar. Then Kayla and Savannah went and showed PeeWee sheep with the Shattucks. They had A LOT of fun, so Savannah helped them put away the lambs.  The bad thing was that after showing the sheep, the two littles thought they owned those sheep. We got to hear over and over, I want to walk my sheep.  How many times can one sheep be walked? Thousands. Then we broke for lunch and the kids went around to learn how to show all of the animals. The beef kids all started out together and before we knew it there were 15 kids all in a group working together to learn how to show each other’s animals. It was pretty cool. All of the kids made good friends with some of the kids from other species on Thursday. We saw many of those kids during the rest of the fair as they came to hang out with our group. Thursday night everyone celebrated a belated birthday for Marlo, she had gone to Kansas for her birthday so we did not get to celebrate it then.  It was a really fun celebration that ended with cupcakes from the Cow Path bakery in Othello. If you haven’t tried the Cow Path DO! It is really good.

Friday I had to go to work. However, the kids had judging in the morning, and Ady beat Toni’s judging scores, so she won a milk shake from Toni. Toni had a respectable score, but Ady was the Grand Champion junior and had an awesome score. The kids had round robin at noon, and then an awards ceremony after, to find out how they did in the round robin and get their awards. At the awards ceremony the kids found out that Fedex had lost their belt buckles. Julian was devastated, it is his first one and he was really looking forward to it. Anna won the senior division of the round robin. After the awards ceremony the kids went to do their homework.  I went home and did chores on my way to the fair Friday night. Toni had 8 box seat tickets to the rodeo that night, so Traci and the kids all went (that is with Traci holding one kid on her lap).  Thanks Traci for the sacrifice because the rest of us were way too tired to make it through the rodeo. I guess the cows for the wild cow riding were woofy, like hunted some of the competitors. Of course, that leads to reminiscing about Ben’s days doing the wild cow riding at Othello with our good friends Hugo, Luis, and his brother Chad. Once Hugo quit going and it was just Luis, Ben, and Chad they won the wild cow riding both nights. And Hugo never did while cow riding with them, and some of the pics below are from the old days. LOL. They “retired” after that 2-night win. Not saying anyone was the weak link, but……

Saturday was the sale, the sale was great, thank you to our Othello buyers, Dale Bayley (Kaine and Kade), Edith Spencer (Anna), K’ntucky Turf (Julian), Industrial Ventilation (Natalie)and DC Drilling (Ady). After the steers sold we went and had fair food for lunch. Next we walked around, had balloon animals made, watch some more of the sale, bought a couple of pigs, told Whitney we bought her a duck (we didn’t). Then we went to the buyer’s diner and after that Kaine, Keegan and Ady got hypnotized. It was really funny. At home Ben weaned all of the calves and gave them a blackleg booster. He rolled up with wire in circle 5 that we were using as a pen for Gunner on the irrigated grass.

Sunday we cleaned up and went home, that was our last fair, now to get ready for a jackpot show in November. We get to start over halter breaking. And on to weaning and shipping foals, calves are all weaned. Ben made sure the fence was up below circle 3 and moved the big Angus bulls down there. We moved the new group of show heifers and steers in the big run so they had more room to run around. The kids did homework all day.

The weather has really turned and we finally got some rain! When the rain finally hits you can’t complain, even if you are at the fair and would like to complain, you can’t.  Now we start Friday Night Lights- the two big boys have been going to football practice and now it is time to start the games. Jax will start playing on Saturday. Fall is not officially here until Wednesday, but it is starting to feel like it.

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It is crazy to think we are already into the middle of August!

Monday the three older kids worked on their steers and then went over to Connell with McCall and McKenna to say good bye to them, and give Leslie and Jay a present with the twins for taking them to Nebraska. They then came home and did chores. I went to Othello for a working meeting and then back to Pasco.  We still have a mares on regumate, Cancan getting doctored, water to move, and lots of other fun fun projects. We are also getting Slugger tamed down to start halter breaking him so moved him to the corral so he can see humans.

                Tuesday morning Mike Chubbs came out and butchered three heifers and a pig. Dad went to Allie’s to pick up Stinger. Toni texted and said Chad was bringing some wheat straw out today. Anna and Kaine caught Monica and Addy to start halter breaking, we are going to try to take Monica to Benton Franklin Fair.  Toni texted me that she wanted to turn out Dime and Shi, they have been in with the old mares, so she turned them out in the big pasture with the other yearling fillies. Once Stinger was unloaded the kids decided which one of them was getting a driving lesson pulling a trailer on the way back to my house, Kaine won that so he got to drive.  On the way they saw a cow in heat and the bull calves riding her. So Toni and the kids went out to get her in. They had her in and she jumped through the fence and in into a different pen. Then Anna said that they already had her in once, she pushed the gate open into the wash rack and jumped the wash rack fence and got out. Guess who gets to go on a trip to town?  Jaxsen was not impressed with the cow and talked about how dumb she is for quite a long time after that.

Wednesday the kids worked on their animals. Toni and Jaxsen got down to do chores when the other kids were already leaving, so Jaxsen did not go and work on his steers, it was getting hot, so I feel like he was ok with this.  Dime and Shi had gotten the round pen open so were back in with the old mares, I guess they don’t like being in the big pasture. I got there in time to help change water.

By Thursday Monica and Addy were so great the kids lead them to their pen and back without setting any panels. Jaxsen got stung in the eye lid while doing chores, so he went home with Toni. We got more wheat straw from Chad on Thursday and the Jon Mastre bailed our hay. The water pump went out in the stacker so it all did not get stacked. Murtaugh went with Ben on the tractor to work on a circle and then try to help with the stacker.

Friday Jaxsen was milking the wasp sting, and could not look up what school supplies he needed, or go work on his steers due to his eye. In the afternoon mom and the kids went over to Connell to see grandma. Marlo came to do chores, after chores Marlo went with the kids to work on steers. Jaxsen’s eye is still swollen.  Mom also got stung by the wasps in the arm. I guess the wasps are getting aggressive.

Saturday Leslie, Traci, Anna, Kaine, Kade, Ady, Julian, Natalie, Joe, Dad and I went to Jana Kollers to look at steers and heifers. We met Bill and Kayla there. So we spent the morning looking at 2022 show animals. Then Dad, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I left and went and had lunch at Lyon’s Ferry Mariana. Everyone else went and looked at Bill’s fall bulls. We got back to the house and Kade went home for a bit as Toni had some friends over with their little boy. Anna and Kaine washed their steers. Kaine went and helped Ben worked on the fence in the weaning pen. Anna and I went out and checked the cows and horses. Comet needed to come home, so Anna and I took her to mom and dads. She is getting old and somehow hurt herself and has a swollen shoulder.  Kade and Jaxsen came down and washed their steers. Then they went and helped move stuff around so we could wean on Saturday. Then we went down and did chores, and the kids worked on their two and three year olds.

                Sunday morning we weaned the bull calves. We sorted off some cows to send to Toppenish, and so then we got the heifer calves in to sort some cows off that were in there to send. Terry and Erina came and picked up Livvy. Toni and I went out and caught Dolly and brought her to the house, she needs to go in to Sheena and get her travel papers so she can go to CA. We haltered Slugger, we are getting him ready to go to the Midwest. Toni got stung in the hand by a wasp while we were down at the corral. We also moved the yearling colts to the middle pen and King back into the back pen. Kicker and Jaxsen fixed fence between circles 5 and 6. The kids came down and did chores and then worked on their three year olds. Anna rode Jag out of the round pen with the saddle. We make them start the horses without a saddle, so this is the first good ride Anna had with Jag saddled. Toni and Anna even rode down the driveway then around to the back of the house. Jag did really good.

It is crazy to think we are already into the middle of August! We are beginning our last week of summer with the kids before we start the marathon fair season.  We are making our foal weaning schedule, shipping mares home, and getting ready to gear up for fall. Anyone with a foal purchased, please get in touch with us so we can get that foal weaning schedule complete. We do have some really fancy foals left for sale as well. We also have two Hereford steers, that are around 300 lbs for $400.

Anyone looking for beef? The kids will be selling their steers at Benton Franklin, CBJLS, and the Othello fairs with sales on Aug 28, Sept 11, and Sept 18. For those that don’t want to go in person, you can call in, have someone bid for you (we can help with that), or call the fair office for options. There are lots of hard working kids out there with animals for sale, so please support your local fairs as many of these kids depend on the funds they earn.

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