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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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Sorry this is a few days late. Lots of fun and summer is just hitting its stride.

Monday everyone was exhausted from a busy weekend, Kade felt like they should get to stay home from school to rest. No such luck. It was a little bit breezy and chilly for May, but, not bad. Everyone was in Monday morning, so that was a win. Boys all had practice, dad took Kade and Jaxsen.  Anna went up and took care of the show animals. Caleb and Kelten came out to hook up the new pump Monday night for the yard and big run irrigation. Kaine went out and mowed Russian Olive trees, which is a never-ending job!

Tuesday Kaine and Kade had baseball games, and Jaxsen had practice. Kaine’s team played Burbank and they won. Kade’s teamed played Basin City, they did not keep score, but we decided they won. It started to pour down rain, so Jaxsen’s practice was canceled part of the way through, dad went down to get him, but he caught a ride with another mom up to the Junior High, so they missed each other. Jaxsen kept telling his ride that was his mom’s car, so they kept chasing people around Connell. So it took a few minutes to find him. It was Ben and my 19th wedding anniversary, so Ben brought home Checos for us all.

Wednesday we woke up to two foals, just as I was starting to wonder if they were every gong to foal.  Rosie had a big pali colt with lots of chrome out of Double. Peyton had a tiny little smutty buckskin roan filly out of Jackpot that had the umbilical cord dragging on the ground. Toni is calling her Spunky, mom and dad are calling her Twiggy. We already have a Twiggy, but I guess they are ignoring that. I call her Spunk, so I guess maybe she is the horse with too many names?? Toni got Spunk and Peyton in, got the cord clamped, and we moved them over to the old mare pen to keep an eye on the tiny girl. She is very friendly and maybe thinks she is a dog.  Kade had a baseball game at 5. Kaine was officially done and was home for chores. 

Thursday was super busy as the kids got ready to leave for the Angus show. This is Jax’s first show of the season and the other three kids’ fourth show. After school and chores, the kids went to start getting the tackbox packed up, bags packed, food packed, and stick their heifers that hadn’t been sticked before.  There was also some concern about Jax’s steer (named Dagger on Thursday) and whether he had been sticked. Luckily Anna had stepped up and helped Jax more than he realized or cared about.

Friday we packed up the trailers and headed to Ellensburg to the Jr Angus Field Day. We got there and got everyone washed, checked into the hotel. The kids all had fun.  We had our four kids, Traci had her three, four adults, with 9 head of cattle. Our group was the largest. Due to the other shows in the area and farming, the Angus show wasn’t as well attended as normal, but it was still a great group of people, good quality cattle, and a good location.  Friday night we were provided free pizza and a fitting and clipping clinic put on by Matt Rosman and Tanner and Colter Meads.  Big shout out to Matt Rosman who told the kids that they need to rinse/wash their cattle twice per day. Thanks for that. Anna has taken you seriously. 

Saturday morning we got up and washed the heifers and steer again. Anna, Kaine, Kade and Sydney Rylaarsdam competed in the fitting contest. Natalie and Jaxsen helped Eric as the judge. Our kids did not win. Eric told us afterwards that Jaxsen was all about his brother NOT winning. After that the show started, with PeeWees, then seniors, intermediates and then Juniors. All of the kids showed great, Anna was the Intermediate champion and Kade was the Jr Reserve champion. In confirmation, Jaxsen showed his steer first, he was third steer overall, and 2 months younger than the rest of the steers (in registered classes it is by age and not weight) so that was really good. Kaine had a bred and owned heifer, she was second in her class, so she went back to the championship round. Natalie and Savannah’s heifers were our first class of owned heifers. They were first and second in their classes, so both got to go back. Both of Kade’s heifers were second in their classes, so they both came back. Kaine’s Cox heifer was third in her class, so she did not get to come back. Anna’s heifers were 1st and 5th in their class, so one of Anna’s got to come back. All in all a great show. Then we packed up and headed home. D the paint came on Saturday to get bred again.

Sunday we had lots of people scheduled to come, so we were busy all day. However, first thing was Fly Guy leaving, and they postponed until Monday. Anna worked on her heifer and steer. Kaine and I took the minis over the Cecil and Debbies house. Toni and Kade showed horses while we were gone. Ben and Kicker were working on putting irrigation line in the riding horse pen. Toni and I then got Gunner in to bred the paint. D still does not like him, she is a maiden mare and is not inter Gunner. So we put King in with her, she liked him a little better. We hauled Gunner back out. Cousin Jodi showed up with Sam the gelding back. Her kids are nor riding him, so they are gong to sell him. So if you are looking for an older grey grade gelding we have one at the house looking for a new home. 

With Fly Guy gone, we are sold out of yearling colts. We have the 2 fillies left for sale for the right person and Gangster. Lots of fun and summer is just hitting its stride. The kids have a few weeks left of school, and let me assure you, they are counting down. We still have some overbaked foals that need to come out, but we are down to the last few to foal. When it gets hot like this, it makes it hard to get excited about breeding mares, but we still get it done. 

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Last Week in Pictures