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Monday we are all still recouping from the wild weekend. The kids were happy they did not have school and had a day to rest. Kaine’s jackpot steer was a little bloated, so we switched him to grass hay. Dad, Kaine, and Kade went to Othello to pick up meat. Anna had a tennis match at 4, so I got off early to go and watch her. However, the other team did not have enough people, so she just scrimmaged with her own team. We found a trailblazer on Facebook that our friend Sammy was selling, so she met us a the tennis match, her brother was playing, and we looked at it for uncle Skip. Uncle Skip has a really old Blazer that keeps breaking down. We got back to the house and Toni and the boys had put up some more sections of fence and were getting the horses in to take North tomorrow. Just an FYI, when you tell boys to pick up strings, they hear, pick up whips and whip each other with them. There were some big bale strings from the last big bale and the boys decided to chase each other with those for a bit. We had to get all of the horses in at the house to get our AI mares sorted out. We moved Crystal into the heavy pen and gave Cleo an E-se shot while the kids did chores. Toni and I went up and hooked up the trailer and got Annie and brought her down too. The kids went up to feed their steers, Ringo was bloated, so we have him some therabloat and walked him around. Then to bed.
We found out Monday night that our good friends Leslie and Alan Alexander were in a terrible vehicle accident, and Leslie has passed away. This was tragic news, Leslie has been a great friend, supporter of youth everywhere, mentors to many. Ours hearts go out to Alan and their family. This is a great loss as a family friend and to our ag community.
Tuesday the wind was blowing, high wind warnings, blowing dust. Toni canceled her and dads trip North, Anna’s tennis practice was canceled. Toni and dad went to Sammy’s and got the trailblazer for Skip. Toni and Anna both checked, Toni told the horses it was too windy to foal, hold them in. Kaine still had baseball practice, so dad took him in to that, watched and brought him home. Mom forgot school was back on and forgot to bake pizza pockets, so the kids all thought they were starving to death. Toni did not make them put up fence, due to the wind, so she was feeling very generous. But, she did start the water in the yearling pens. When you first start water you have to let the water run before you hook-up the sprinkler so Toni had wet shoes which she doesn’t like. Rob’s rental equipment did not go back on Tuesday, and it still had hrs on it, so Ben and Kicker moved dirt until late on Tuesday. Also, the Cox cow we bought had a cute heifer calf on Tuesday.
Wednesday the wind was still blowing. Rosey was down in a hole hiding from it, so Toni had to hike to find her, and she did not have a baby. Kaine had baseball practice, Anna had a tennis match in Benton City, so Toni had to load the poles for fencing on her own, she was not pleased. There were rock piles on the road from the equipment work the night before, so the toolbox in her pick-up got knocked sideways on the trip down to mom’s. Kade is still waiting for some sort of sport to start for him. He would like it to start ASAP. It was just Toni, Kade, and Jax putting up fence. Jax is now referring to Toni as the “Warden.” Kade and Kaine fed the steers and then worked on Kaine’s bicycle. I went to Anna’s tennis match, they were the last set of Doubles to play, they did not start until 6:40 (her match) so it was 8 by the time it got over. So we stopped at DQ on our way home and got food to go. Her and her partner won their match. We also found out on Wednesday that school is going to go back full time a week from Thursday. Toni is not happy about it at all. She asked if Kaine and Anna could be homeschooled. Haha.
At least in the AM the wind had died down. Still no new babies. Mil HAS to foal soon. Kaine and Anna both had practice Thursday. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen built the last sections of wood fence on the south side of the yearling colt pen. Anna, Kaine and I got there in time to help roll up the wire from the old fence and take out the posts. I mentioned to Toni that I helped on three evenings, they have been working on it for over a week, I do not feel like my comments were appreciated. I did get a good laugh though. We had to Dr one of Anna’s pigs Thursday night, she appears to have pneumonia. And the kids fed their steers and cleaned out the barn. Kaine and Kade are cleaning Ben’s stuff out of his shed so they have a place to work on their bikes, as in bicycles. They also smuggled some Capri Suns, Gatorades and flashlights out there. I guess if they are missing we know where the first place to look is. Jax is not allowed into the shed.
Friday Toni and Kicker headed out to celebrate their anniversary and took Kade and Jaxsen to visit grandma Sherri and grandpa Berry who have been in Arizona. So they drove to Moscow to drop the kids and see Sherri and Barry, then onto their celebration point. Oh yea, Mil still has not foaled. We are on day 362. No one else foaled either. Kaine had baseball practice. Mom took Anna to her tennis match. John went up to Jake’s and got Zoie back for us, Jake is no longer breeding and was using Zoie, then John and Marlo helped Kaine with chores when he got off of the bus. Ben was working late, so then Kaine and Marlo did chores at our house. I went to Broadmoor after work to get a part for the camper, I forgot the old part and of course we could not tell from the pic Anna sent what part we needed. So I went home.
Saturday first thing we had a meat buyer out that bought 100 lbs. Then we went and checked and Izzy had a cute filly by Leroy. Next, Ben, Anna, Kaine and I started working and sorting the cows. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jax were gone, but the bull calves are riding the heifers, so we decided we would go ahead and get as many as we can done. We got them all in first and sorted, then worked the smaller groups on Saturday and held the bigger group in to work on Sunday.
Sunday we finished working the cows, then we worked the show heifers. Toni, Kicker and the boys got home from Clarkston, and then we had Clint Reeves come out to look at horses. He bought Ray, he had trained one of our horses in the past we found out. A colt by Colonel and out of Twist, he really liked him so he googled us and saw Ray. In the way of the ag world, we had lots of people we knew in common and Clint and Jaime had brought a friend with them that ended up being our friend Sarah’s sister-in-law. Small world. That is one of the joy’s of our industry, even if you don’t know someone, you probably know someone that knows them.
Toni and Dad decided to head north on Monday so we got our mares in on Sunday night, got them sorted, and ready to go for Monday. No new mares got moved to the heavy pen, so that is kind of sad. These mares need to get with it! I think this is what happens every year, but it is frustrating. So far there are 13 fillies and 4 colts on the ground. And we love every one of them.
Showy dun colt out of Coastal Tourist Trap, “Piper,” and by KT Jackpot City, “Jackpot.” Jackpot is out of Lenas Abbie N Charge and is by City Smarts. Abbie is a daughter of Smart Like Lena with Mr. Charge Bar on the bottom side. Smart Like Lena is a son of Smart Little Lena and has lifetime earnings of over $89,000.00 a ROM in cutting, and has sired offspring earning over $100,000 in NCHA money. Mr. Charge Bar was an NCHA money earner, had 33 AQHA performance points, 11 halter points, and an SI of 75. City Smarts is by An Educated Guess, 385 reining points, and the highest point earning son of Smart Chic Olena. City has a full brother that is a reiner and priced at $13,000. This is a pretty moving colt with tons of ability. Piper is a daughter of AQHA point earner Cue Bars Laddie and NRCHA and AQHA cowhorse and cutting mare Cutters Tourist Trap. This is a mare with a superior pedigree, with point earners and working cow horses all over. This colt was born 4/20/21. $4,000
KT No Foolin with Guns is a fancy blue roan filly out JWB Call Me Lura and by KT Gunpowder N Lead. Lura is by True Enchanted Copy, who goes back to Jackie Bee, San Peppy, Biankus and Go Man Go. On the bottom side Lura is out of Luras Gold Star, who goes back to Dandy Derby, Hancock, Barts Sunglow and Fritz Command. Gunner is a roan dunskin son of Cue Bars Laddie, AQHA point earning and producing stallion. Gunner’s dam, Pistol, has been shown NFQHA, has been featured on rule book and in the NFQHA magazine. She is a great working ranch horse, rope horse, and the kids can ride her as well. Pistol’s sire, Gold Country Charro is a dunskin stallion that was shown in 1998 and 1999 in halter at local shows. This is going to be a big, ranch type filly with a lot of bone and natural thickness. She was born 4/01/21. $4,000
KT Gun in a Million, “Mil,” is at 362 days today, she is bred to NZ Scotch TIme. ANY TIME now Mil, we are all waiting.
I have not done the last week in pictures yet because I am still working on the Pomeroy pictures. So, some will just have to be in next weeks post.
KT 5051 Small Town Kid 004, “Bjorn,” is a fancy polled Hereford bull by KT Small Town Kid 5051 and out of KT Ms Rusila 315T, who is a daughter of BVR Raftsman 028X ET. She is a great cow that the kids showed in 2014. KT Small Town Kid 5051 is a great combination of Calving Ease, phenotype and performance. He is best described as moderate-framed, square-made, soft-bodied with good feet and sound structure. He stacks a pedigree of breed greats with Hometown, Time’s A Wastin and Prospector. Bjorn has an actual BW of 80 lbs, BW EPD of 1.2, 51 WW and 80 YW EPD. He was born 1/17/20. $3,000
Monday was the first official day of Spring Break. Anna checked Monday morning. Then her and Kaine caught the steers and fed them. Anna had a tennis match in College Place Monday, so dad had her at the bus by 1:15. Anna played in College Place and won her match, yea. Toni and the boys put up 5 sections of fence. When I got there I helped them move all of the vehicles out of Double’s pen and then Toni and I went and got Piper and Red Robin out of the alfalfa field, circle 6. Jackpot is in the middle of circle 6, and they want to be back in that pen. Then we fixed the fence and went home. Dad went and picked Anna up from school when she got back from her game. Kendel went down and harrowed circle 5 for a little while.
On Tuesday Anna had tennis practice at 9 in the morning, so her and Kaine got up early to tie up the steers and feed them. Our corn rolled in around 6:40, so Kaine showed the semi driver where to put it. Dad took Anna into practice. After practice Anna, Kaine and Kade clipped their three steers going to Pomeroy on Friday. Jax doesn’t have to show in Spokane as that is an “extra” show. The kids do make money, hypothetically, but there isn’t a decent profit margin at that show. They go more for the competition as it is the biggest cattle show in the Pacific NW. Toni and the 4 kids finished the wood section of the old horse pen. Toni had a meeting in Othello, so she had to run. The three older kids left to go and feed their steers. Jaxsen and I went and checked the horses and cows in circle 5. After taking just Jaxsen with me, I now realize what a good passenger he is. He just talks the whole time, there is not need to participate in the conversation. Then I dropped him off at the house , picked up the dogs and went to go down and get the poor cripped bull in, Bub was fighting with Biscuit and 848 and hurt his shoulder, so now we are down a bull. The dogs and I got up to the corral and then Ben, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen came down with the gooseneck and we hauled him up to the house. He is now in Sagebug’s pen, so it is a good thing we didn’t move those panels out.
Wednesday Anna had a tennis game early in Wapato. So her and Ben caught the steers before we went to work and fed them. After the two hour drive, the other team didn’t show up so she did not even get to play. So she won anyway. Per the norm, we worked on fence Wednesday night. Toni and the boys move the panels around so there are only green panels for the panel part. Some may not look green, but they were originally green, so that counts. Then we took out the extra panels and called the first 2021 fencing project done. All by Wednesday, so efficient. Toni thought that was early, so they started digging post holes and putting in posts for the second project. The next project is redoing a portion of the yearling colt pen. It is barbed wire and complete crap, so needs to be redone in wood.
Thursday dad and Jaxsen took a load of cows to Toppenish. The three older kids finished up clipping and packed the tack to put into the trailer. Kaine and Kade were supposed to pack the tack box on Wed while Anna was at her match, but they were informed that they didn’t do it correctly, or nicely, or something like that. So it had to be redone. They went down and did chores. Toni took them over and they put a couple more posts in on project 2. After that they went back up to my house to pack the trailer, since it was back and Ben had washed it out. When I got home I helped them finish up so we were ready to go on Friday.
Friday morning Anna and Ben got up and got everything fed, then Anna and I went out and checked the cows and horses. Kade got there and we got everything packed up in the trailer and then went over to Connell so Jay could help the kids finish up clipping, do some touch ups. We ran into town and got pizza for lunch, Jay was done about lunch time, so the we packed up, waited for dad to bring Toni over and headed to Pomeroy. We got there, got all of our stuff unpacked, steers weighed in, clothes into Kayla’s camper. We had 3 boys and 3 big girls showing, with two little girls participating in pee wee. The steers all came out of the trailer really well considering they haven’t been anywhere. Kayla and Yo came in and hung out with us for a bit, but it was an early night.
We were up half the night due to the howling winds. We woke up to wind, so we washed the steers in the wind. Then it rained, hailed and snowed, while the wind blew. Welcome to Pomeroy. Every year at this show the weather is crap. Despite the wind and cold the kids all showed great. Anna got third in her class with Sundance Kid. Anna, Kaine, Kade, Ady and Julian went back into the championship round in showmanship. Savannah and Kayla got to show in PeeWee. And Savannah picked out the grey/blue pig she wanted. We were told there were 83 head of cattle at the show and 50 some pigs for the jackpot pig show going on at the same time. The show was great and we all had a great time. We got to see people and catch up. Then we loaded up and headed home. Ben and Kicker did chores for us both Friday and Saturday night, so we were VERY happy with them. Thanks guys.
Early Sunday morning Colonel was messing around in his pen and caught a front leg on the fence breaking his leg. We are so thankful that we had him the years we did and had him as part of our breeding program. We were able to keep some wonderful daughters out of him, and many of our friends have foals by him. Colonel was always a little different, but he loved his people. 2021 will be his last foal crop.
After we took care of Colonel, we had to get a weekends worth of work done. We caught all of the steers and heifers, and the kids washed everything and unpacked the trailer. Toni and I hauled Gunner and his mares back out to the desert. We got Lura in and worked her, moving her out with Gunner as well. We put Bailey with Sagebug. We moved Bell to the heavy pen.
Life on a ranch continues to move forward, even when time stops for a minute. Our breeding program was stronger with the addition of Colonel, and with his daughters we will continue to build.