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I think the weather is confused, May showers bring June flowers??

We still have a number of mares left to foal, but as of Monday morning they had not foaled. They are looking VERY heavy. Anna had her last tennis match Monday in Hermiston. With having missed so many practices being at state FFA convention the week before, it was not her best match. Dad went to Palouse and got pellets Monday, Toni and dad unloaded them Monday evening, while I went to get Anna from the bus. Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen did front chores, Jaxsen has really been helping out a lot more lately. However, he did think he was being picked on Monday and let everyone know that was how he was feeling. Toni sold Stunner on Monday and found a repro specialist to send Cammie too, the same one that bought Stunner, so that was a win/win.

Tuesday dad took Stunner to her new home and Cammie went with her to get bred. Toni checked, Pistol’s colt seemed a little off, so Toni and mom went down and gave him some immediate response. When Ben got home from work Ben and Toni went down and got the pair and brought them up to the house. We texted Dr. Jennifer King and she had us give him some mineral oil and an enema, he seemed constipated. Wednesday morning he seemed much better, was nursing and had a BM. However, it made for a long day.
Wednesday morning I went out to check on Pistol and her colt and saw Whim was missing, so I had to run him in before I went to work. He was having a good time frolicking through the grass. Whim is now a 2 year old Azteca stud, anyone wants to buy one!? We would like to sell one! Sissy was in heat so I threw her in with Bishop and called Toni and let her know. Toni was going on Jaxsen’s field trip that morning, but she put the kids on the bus and ran out and checked first. Toni spent so much time checking that she missed the bus and drove herself, I think maybe she missed it on purpose?? Toni called Dr. Sorenson and made a date for Whim to go in and get gelded. Kicker is gone on a work trip, Ben was out late working on circles, so Kaine, Anna and I did his chores too when we got home. Ben has some “helpers” while he fixed circles.

Pocket had a cute filly on Thursday that we think is by Sagebug. Also, I think the weather is confused, May showers bring June flowers?? Toni did not have a court or any early meetings, so she did the whole circle and checked everyone. I have a feeling that if anyone wants Bing Bang Boom (BBB) you better speak up soon, Toni has really been taken by her. Kevin came down and sprayed the pasture on Thursday so Toni had to lock all the horses and the three fall calves up at the house. So we have horses stashed everywhere, that is what the text said that I got from Toni. The lactating horses (we are including pregnant in this) have to stay locked up for month. Luckily there are only a handful of those in that pasture, and as they foal they can be moved. It was rainy when we did chores. Whim is now officially living in the round pen until he has a change of attitude. His attitude is actually really good, he is a fun horse, he is just thinking like a 2 year old stud sometimes.

Friday we woke up to more rain and no new foals. Toni had Dave and Lorraine out to look at foals and they decided to buy “Stick.” Stick is a really sweet colt, we are very happy that he is going to a good home. Dad went to the Basin City Hardware store and picked up our mineral, his old truck split a tire while there so he went and got new tires. The counties called at work to say the beavers were flooding out the road again on our side, and I said nope, not us, call the neighbor, WaaHaaHaa.

Saturday dad took the last two sold bulls to their new homes, he left early because it was a long trip, he took his driving partner Steve, and they met some friends in Sandpoint for lunch. Sierra came out and got her blue roan mare from Bishop’s pen, she did not really want to leave. We got all the cows in and we worked them. The kids helped for a few hours and then the Twins came to clip the show heifers so they stopped to help and learn. Ashley and Sandy came out to look at Regis. We had Skip’s birthday party Saturday night. Dad and Steve had stopped and gotten pizza on the way home. Mom made three pies (one Skip took home with him) and rolls. Working all the cows and calves on Saturday went amazingly well. Someone must have been smiling down on us because we got it all done (except for 3 yearlings and a bull) by 7:30 pm! That is a record in efficiency.

Sunday we woke up to a cute colt out of Lona by Leroy. Toni, the kids and I got up early to dye the Angus heifers, this is quite the process, where I am the most covered, with clothes and gloves, and I still get the most dye on me. Ben and Kicker fixed a circle and then went and built some fence in circle 6.

When we got done with the heifers we tied up the clubby steers and then Kaine, Kade and Andee the puppy went and helped Ben and Kicker build fence. Toni, Lucy (the puppy) and I got Gunner’s pen in, we still had a few in there that needed West Nile, we took Ellie out and hauled her home. We ran the riding horses in and wormed and West Niled them. We played with Lona’s new colt, he was a disappointment that he was not a filly, we were hoping for a filly to keep. We let the heifers and steers go. We hauled Blue down to Colonel pen and Dyna out with Sagebug. Then we did chores and the kids had pie. Sunday was also long, but weekends here usually are. With so many of us working, we try to get all of our big jobs done on the weekends. Lots to do this week with a show this next weekend. We are hoping for a few more foals this week, but this foaling business is SLOW. I guess this is a good lesson in patience.

Also, we have a handful of Hereford steers available for sale if anyone is looking. They are fall calves, 1.65/lb and are 500-600 lbs.

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Another busy week down and we are already almost to the middle of May, where has time gone??

Monday Anna had a tennis match and Kaine has a baseball game, we did not get home until after 8. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen did chores. Toni had a busy day Monday checking and getting caught up on work from being gone to Spokane. Luckily her hearings on Monday were both canceled.

Tuesday morning Toni took Cammie into the vet to see if she was bred, she is not. We have been working to get Cammie bred now for 3 years. We continue to try to figure out what to do. Toni and Dr. Sorenson came up with a new plan. Toni also took Miss Kyra for an ultrasound and she is not bred either. We were trying to breed her to a running bred stud that our friend John owns. Toni also took Lucy in to get her puppy shots.

On Wednesday when Toni went out to check, Big Bang Boom was too tired to be bothered. After Toni petted on her for a while she got up and then investigated Toni’s pickup. She is quite the filly. Also on Wednesday Anna left to FFA State Convention in Pullman to compete on the CDA team. We built more fence and now need to get working on the corral.

On Thursday Kaine and Aram had their final baseball game, and Toni had at run them in for us. The boys lost their final game but it was close. I forgot my phone at home so I could not be reached. Brita came out to see Easter Lily and luckily is still in love with her.

Friday I was home and both Toni and I went and checked, but Toni had to hurry off for an appointment. I went and got meat at McCarys, moved the show heifers, steers and bulls around so they are easier for the kids to get to. I transferred some bulls and caught up on some paperwork. When the kids got home we went down and built some fence.

Saturday we got the cows in and sorted the heifers from the bulls. We caught the heifers and steers and Kaine and Kade washed all the heifers, Jaxsen helped wash Black Widow. We sold a bull and sold some meat. We had four groups of people come out on Saturday, 2 brought outside mares in and 2 groups came to look at foals. It was a super hot day and Toni got sun burnt. We also had to get all of the foals that had been born while we were in Spokane and the week after moved out. With a foal heat starting 7-10 days after the foal is born, we spend every weekend moving mares. Some weekends are busier than others, but we always need to move a couple during foaling season. When we move the mares around is also when we deworm and give the west nile shot. This week it was kind of a mess, we decided to bring them through Circle 4 to the big corral and one of the foals went through the hot wire fence so all of the mares scattered, but we got them back in. All of them ended up being fine. We finally got the 9 mares and foals out with studs. Saturday was a long day.

Sunday was a relaxing Mother’s Day. We all went out to the Bonefish Grill, we met Kicker’s parents Sherri and Berry there. We had a great lunch and had great conversation. Ben and I then went grocery shopping, Toni, Kicker and their boys went with Sherri and Berry to the park. We got back and did a some yard work and sold more meat. Toni got back and fixed some fence and then we did chores, which at this point also includes lots of doctoring all the mares and studs that have dings.

We all had a fantastic week and weekend with the weather being so nice. Even with the long winter, it looks like we will be knocking hay down pretty soon. We are down to just a handful of mares left to foal! We are in love with the foals we have on the ground now and can’t wait to see the rest.

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Oh Monday, where did the weekend go??

Toni had two big hearings on Monday, but one knew she was going to beat them so struck the hearing at the last minute, but she still had to go to Court for the one. She still managed to check the horses and cows in the morning, take pictures and send them to me. We are getting down to the end of the month and the start of the Spokane Jr Livestock show. Anna had a tennis match in Pendleton, luckily for her (and me since I would have had to go and get her) her friend’s mom brought her home so they were home by around 6:30. Toni picked up the boys after school and they went up and washed the steers and finished packing to leave. Stacy brought Adrian and her steer over, since Toni is taking Adrian up as well. Jaxsen and I did chores since Toni was up helping the boys, Toni got there right in time to help load hay. Toni worked on Anna’s steer for her and believes that she beat the boys at Showmanship practice. The boys do not agree.

On Tuesday Toni loaded up the four steers on her own, Kicker and mom got there right after Toni loaded the last one. The steers did not load well. Then she went and got the kids from school, Leslie from Connell and they headed to Spokane. I am feeling a little left behind, LOL. Jaxsen and I were in charge of chores. The steers weighed in OK, Kaine’s was a little light, but Kade and Anna’s were really good on weight. The boys’ steers needed a personality transplant on Tuesday. It was also discovered how much tack and necessary items got left at home. Toni and Leslie had to go to North 40 and spend $150.00 on Tuesday so that they had a hose, and a pitchfork, etc, pretty much necessary stuff.

Wednesday I finished up financial statements and headed up. Leslie helped them get going and then headed back down. We passed at around the Tokyo weight station. The kids were working on homework and Toni was working when I got there. Wednesday was a pretty relaxed day, except three out of the four steers still needed a personality transplant. We led the steers around and got them use do their surrounds, took them up to the show ring. The Jr. Show is the biggest show in the Pacific Northwest and had approximately 300 head of cattle.

Thursday was a semi early morning, 4H showed first, but, after 4H prospects, so we thought around 10. Our very dear friend Morgan flew in from Montana to stay with us, Leslie came back and brought Dianne with her, so the kids had quite a cheering crew. The kids and steers did great in market. Kaine was third in his class and Adrian was 4th. Kade and Anna were both second in their class and went back into the championship round. Anna was 4th overall and Kade 17th. There were around 90 market steers, so getting called back is really good. Kade, Kaine and Adrian’s steers could have acted a little better, or a lot better. But the kids handled them well. The judge was really fast, so that was great. No dilly dallying. Thursday we got a text from Ben that a mare foaled. We figured as soon as we left, they would start foaling. They always wait until we are gone. Kaine and Leslie also got a couple of cow dog puppies, ½ border collier, ¼ aussie, ¼ red healer that Les took home with her. Kaine named his Andee.

Friday was Fitting and Showing, the judge told everyone that they did not have to fit, he was judging them on showmanship, so that saved us a little time. The kids had a case of the slows in the morning and really pushed Toni’s buttons. Grandma Sherri, Grandpa Barry, Grandma Pam, and Grandpa Don all came to watch the kids show. The kids all showed really well, the three bad steers were still bad, but Anna, Kade and Kaine all got called back into the championship round. Kade was third overall in his division and Kaine and Anna were both 4th overall in their divisions. We were really proud of them.

Saturday was the sale, and the steers always sell last, so we got to sleep in until 6, woohoo. Since the kids did so well in their classes they were all on the first page of the sale. We would like to thank everyone for all their support, we had a great Jr Show and a lot of fun. We are extremely thankful and proud. Proud of how the kids did and especially proud because even though the boys’ steers didn’t act like they had been worked on to the level that they had, those boys didn’t get frustrated, they just handled it. When the showing was done, without prompting from any adult, the kids climbed the fence and went and shook the Judge’s hand. It was a good moment as a parent. The Spokane Jr. Show has tough competition, good cattle, but most importantly it has learning and growing experiences, which the kids took full advantage of. We tell the kids when they go into the show ring, just do your best and be a good sport. I guess that is sinking in.

Sunday we got up at 5:30 to load out the steers, Kade’s left right away, but we hung around until 8 or so for Kaine and Anna’s to leave. The turn truck was not going to be there until later, so Adrian’s steer was put in a pen with the other turn steers. Then we packed up the camper and headed home.

There were a few foals born while we were gone, Rosey had a fancy palomino colt by Double on Thursday. Lizzie had a stunning buckskin filly by Gunner on Friday. Lendy had a handsome colt by Double on Saturday, and Strawberry had a delightful filly by Gunner on Sunday. John H. came out Sunday afternoon to bring out his Friesian cross mare to breed to Sagebug and see the new babies.

We are still extremely tired from a long week, but the sun is shining and there is a new batch of steers and heifers to get in, to get ready for the next show. No matter how bad, or how good the kids do at a show, there is always another show around the corner.

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Spring calving is a wrap! Done!

Another great Monday, Toni had a phone conference on her big bankruptcy and then court, but she managed to go out and check before her phone call. Nothing is happening, except the three cows that have not calved look like the calf is going to fall out. And Easter Lily got out and Toni had to get her in while in her suit as she was ready to head to Court. Kaine had a baseball game in Mesa after work, so I met him, Maria, Luis and Aram there. It was a great game, very close in scores, they were ahead, we were tied, then they won by one run. There were lots of hits and running to bases, so some action. Also, 912 calved so we are down to two cows left to calve.

Tuesday Toni checked in the AM, no new babies. Toni had people out looking at the foals on Tuesday afternoon, and they took a tour. Toni’s new puppy Lucy was on the tour and may or may not have peed on someone. After chores Toni began making a start on her new fencing projects, we are all super excited. At least Toni keeps us working, we would not want grass growing under our feet.

Wednesday, Toni texted no new babes, cows or foals. But, Peanut did let her pet her today. One of our favorite brand inspector’s called, someone called him about a dead cow in the vicinity of where we have our cows in the early spring, he could read the tag number and it was not one of our tags. So I spent the next half hr texting him numbers of everyone around, and he would text back not them, and I would say try this person. Anna had a tennis match so I got off of work early to go and watch her, her and Kassidy lost their first match and won their second. Anna likes tennis, but she is missing some judging competitions with FFA, and she does not know if she likes it better than judging. Aram went to mom and dads after school and dad took Aram and Kaine into baseball practice and picked them up.

Thursday, Toni texted that Bell is waxed up, but no new babies. Mom had an eye appointment, so dad took her to that and Toni was on call to get the kids off of the bus. But, don’t worry, mom reminded her so she would not forget, every 20 minutes over an hour before the bus was even due to show up . Luis took the boys to Daisy’s softball game, and they just walked to practice from there. Toni and Kade built some fence before chores with the help of Lucy the puppy. She helped to dig. The only problem is that she was putting dirt back in the hole Toni and Kade were trying to dig for a fence post. But whatever, she is cute.

Friday we finally had another foal, a cute filly by Leroy and out of Piper D. They only have a 12.5% chance of a red foal according to the color coat calculator, but that is all those two seem to be having. But she is super fancy, pretty, long legs, really a nice filly. Friday must be a day for babies. The second from last spring cow calved too. John and Raven got here to look at “Chica” and all the babies.

Saturday was a windy windy day. Toni, John and Raven went around and looked at all the babies again. Anna and I loaded out two bulls to go to their new home. Then, Kade, Kaine, Anna and I went to Leslie’s house to get the rest of our tack to take to Spokane, to the Jr Livestock Show. Our wheel barrow, fan and one chute were there since Jay had borrowed them to take to Denver. We also needed to get the stall decorations. Grandpa broke his arm, he fell into a feed bunk, so the kids and I went in to see him, he was in a good mood, we talked to him and Grandma for quite a while, some other friends showed up to see Grandpa too, so we talked to them as well. In the meantime, Ashley showed up and Toni and her loaded up her mare, Whisper, that was in with Double and sent her home. The kids and I got home and “Mal” was calving with a backwards calf, so we got her in and the kids and I pulled her calf. Anna had called Kicker, but we had just gotten done when he got there. So now all the spring cows are done. We have a couple of summer cows that will calve in a few months. The kids and I had lunch then went out to work on the steers. It was still really windy and they were terrible. So then we went and got the Herefords in off of the desert and put them in the middle part of circle 4, and weaned the two falls that were still on their moms. We packed some stuff into the camper until chore time. Toni went down and fixed fence at the lake, so we hauled Colonel, Annie, and Twist down there for fresh green grass. Annie hadn’t been down there before, so she ran through the fence, but it was an easy fix, she wasn’t hurt, and she went back in. It is a pretty pasture, and we are so thankful to finally have grass and get these studs turned out.

Sunday Toni had 2 people coming at 10, Erina and Terry to bring Double a mare and Janice to get “Badger.” Badger loaded great and then Erina, Terry, Toni and Kade went on a tour. Ben and I took the camper up to the Spokane Jr Livestock show to park it. Kaine and Anna were getting stuff ready at the house for us to be gone. At 1 Toni had Ashley coming to get Rich, she loaded her up and sent her on her way. Rob and Sylvia came and got their steer, which was hard to load because their trailer is so tall. Luckily they had a ramp and Kicker and Rob pushed the steer, all 1032 lbs, up the ramp and into the trailer. I guess he unloaded fine when he got home. Next, Toni supervised the three older kids working on the Spokane steers. Ben and I got home around 3. So then Ben, Kicker, Toni and I went and got the mares in from circle 5 so we could take the two mares and foals to their new homes with stallions. Piper D went to Leroy and Dunny went to Dude. We also hauled the three summer calves down to mom and dads, so the heifers would not get bred. Then we wormed and West Niled the two year olds and Bebe. We got done after 7 again, but that is life.

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It’s a Great Day to Be Alive!

Monday was definitely a Monday, Toni was on the phone all day about a big bankruptcy she is doing, she managed to run her cow into Sagehill Vet in-between calls. Kaine had a baseball game in at Connell, Anna had a tennis match in Pasco. Kade and Jaxsen did front chores. I went to Kaine’s game, and Toni did not get off the phone until 7:30 to do back chores. Anna won both of her matches. Kaine’s team played really well for their first game. Luckily we have great friends that will run Kaine in for me, I just met him and Maria, Luis, Aram and Daisy in at the game. Anna got home from her match and met us down there too. A dairy in the area had their parlor house burn down Sunday night, so my parent’s neighbors, Roland and Dalton, helped haul the cows to Quincy to be milked. Rolanda had called and asked to use our gooseneck and Red, so they hauled 890 cows. Luckily we live in a great community and lots of neighbors came together and got all of the cows hauled.

Tuesday, Toni called me in the AM to tell me Tessa foaled, and NO, I could not keep it, it is bay with a strip and she is 90% sure it is a filly. Toni can be such a fun killer! I let John have my blue filly out of Lura, yes, all of Gunner babies are mine. After chores we went out and checked to see what the foal was and it is a colt, such a disappointment. He is pretty cute though. I named him Top Gun. We just LOVE the Tessa foals so I was pretty excited when I thought he was a filly we could keep. Now that we have petted on him, he also looks like he is a roan.

Wednesday Anna had a tennis tournament in Connell, so I got off of work a little early and went and got mom and Kaine and we went and watched. Anna was playing doubles with her friend, Kassidy, we sat by Kassidy’s mom Becky, and cheered and embarrassed the girls the entire time. They won their match. The boys playing doubles next to them thought we were funny though and laughed. Toni had to head to Sunnyside early, but brought home carrot cake from Bon Vinos (best carrot cake around!). Toni was sure Strawberry was going to foal, but we went out and checked and no new foals. Ben and I are dieting, I am dong the optavia diet and Ben is eating low carb, I made philly steak stuffed peppers, and they were so good. It is a good thing I only made one for each of us, I think I would have tried to eat another they were so good. Ben is busy making food for the Spokane Jr Livestock show when he gets in at night, we have three one gallon bags of breakfast burritos as far.

Thursday it was a beautiful day, two bulls left and headed to Oregon. No new babies. Friday, John H. brought Toni out her new puppy, a cute Idaho Shag/Border Collie female named Lucy. Kaine had a baseball game at 6, so I was late getting home. Toni took Anna home so she could feed her bottle calf and do chores. Toni also decided it was time to start building fence again, so Toni, Dad, Kade, and Anna put up a span of wood fence in the yearling colt pen.

Saturday, it is a great day to be alive when you get to ride all day herding cows. Anna had to go and sell plants at the FFA plant sale, so she missed out. But, Toni, Kade, Kaine and I all got to ride and bring the cows in. The horses were not too bad for their first time out all since last fall. We had left Ollie and Riley in to ride during the winter, so we did not have to feed them all, and Toni rode Ollie since Anna was gone, so her horse was definitely fine, but, Slick, Bev, and Cad were all a little fresh. It was a GREAT ride.

We had the cow in by about noon, so the boys’ friend Aram came down after lunch and they took him for a ride, Kaine rode my horse, Cad, Aram rode Bev, Kade rode Slick and Anna was home by then and rode Ollie. After they got done they caught their Spokane steers and worked on them. Ben was working on the fence in the middle pen, so he watched them.

Toni and I went and got Sagebug and hauled him out, after Ben told us the fence was hot. We also hauled the last of the heifers to get bred, and two of the fall heifers down by Leroy so they would not get bred. We also moved stuff around so Bishop’s pen to the hill so they had more room, and Whim down to Bishop’s pen. We moved Gunner’s pen out to the desert, the cows in circle 5 into 6 and the Herefords out with Gunner for now. We moved all of the heavy mares into Circle 5 with some of the cows. We put Red Robin in with Bishop and moved Lura and Tessa in with Gunner. We did two days worth of work in one day, so we were home pretty late.

Happy Easter everyone! The kids had an egg hunt at mom and dads in the AM and then the Meachams with to Kicker’s brother’s house in Moses Lake. Ben, the kids and I went home to make dinner and then mom, dad and Skip came up there. After lunch Ben, Anna and I went out to check horses and found Dunny and Peanut. Peanut is my dream color, my first breyer horse was a dunalino named Peanut, thus the name. Twist was locked in at mom and dads, and mom texted when we were headed down to do chores that she had foaled, both mares had cute fillies.

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Our great great Grandpa Sim in his autobiography said it is spring when the killdeer come out. I say it is spring when the sweet weanling colts turn a corner and become wanna be yearling stallions.

Back to school and work, Kicker went to Boise Sunday for a Monday meeting, then headed back on Monday afternoon. Anna had tennis, the boys are starting baseball soon. Sonny was finally feeling better last night after being sick for a few days. Ben got home to one of our recip cows having calved, with twin heifers. The kids are excited to have a bottle calf again. In addition to the twins, both Mavis and her mom calved Sunday night with bb calves. Monday we also put Shiney in with Sagebug. We will see how that goes. We have tried to breed Shiney to a horse other than Colonel before and it has not worked. So far she is acting ok. Spotty loves being near the house so he can have his human slaves pet him daily.

Tuesday was the last full day of school for the week, a half day Wed and then spring break (allegedly 2 days are conferences but no school is spring break in our book). There are still no new foals, at least there are a couple of calves. Wednesday was parent teacher conferences, all of the kids are doing great, conferences were pretty short. Dad, Kicker and Toni took the 4 kids to Michael Jays for lunch. We had three more calves Wednesday, an Angus, a Braford/Angus and a Hereford. Coco is back form CA, I brought her home from work with me. Maybe she will inspire some horses to foal??

Thursday the four kids went with Toni to Farm Fair at the TRAC in Pasco. Jaxsen was so bored he fell asleep under one of the tables. Toni found out one of our favorite steer showing kids, Daniel from Finley, is joining the military after graduation and will not be at the fairs this year. We are sad he will not be there, but very happy and proud of him. Toni took them all out to Sonic after for milk shakes and pepsis. They were all so exhausted they needed some caffeine for chores. Farm Fair is put on by the local Farm Bureau and it is an opportunity for schools to bring their 5th grade classes in to learn about agriculture. The groups rotate every 7 ½ minutes to different stations. There are 2 sessions each day and Farm Fair goes for 2 days. There are approximately 1500 students that come through in those 2 days. It is a great chance for us to teach kids about beef and why it is important to them and their daily life.

Friday Anna went to the Farm Fair with FFA and worked in the alfalfa booth. Dad took her in to Connell and Toni went and picked her up. Luckily we have a lot of help with getting everyone where they need to be. Also on Friday, Twiggy had a cute colt by Dude, I think we should call him Stick. Toni and the boys worked on the three Spokane steers. They wanted to go back to Farm Fair with Leslie, but Toni told them that they needed to work on their steers. Leslie had Daniel in her booth helping her.

Saturday Chad came out in the morning and we got all of the riding horses trimmed or shod, and the two mini yearling fillies trimmed. The kids caught and washed their steers while Chad and I worked on the horses. We had an outside mare come in on Saturday so Toni went and unloaded her and her and Ashley took the tour.

We had 400 head of yearling sheep arrive to eat down a grass seed field which is very new and different for us. I can’t remember a time we have had sheep on the place. We went down and helped unload the sheep which took about an hour and a half. It was interesting. Now we just have to watch their water troughs, the fence, and the dog food for the guardian dogs. We get to check them at least once a day while they are here.

After the sheep, the kids and I caught the show heifers, who are not happy about it. Then we worked on the steers and heifers and took everyone for a walk. Toni and Coco hauled Shasta in with Bishop, Bebe home and one of the fall calves to stay down with Kendel’s bull. We also wormed and West Niled all of the yearlings and moved the colts to their own pen, which they proceeded to run out of. We got the fence fixed and they were in for the night. They did not do too bad for not being caught all winter and having to be led around the house with the kids, dogs, and ranch stuff all over.

Sunday we woke up to a miniature horse filly out of Foxy and by Dreamer, each kid claims a mare and Foxy is Kaine’s. He has not decided on a name yet, but Loxy is the front runner as of now.

Sunday we had another outside mare come in to breed to Bishop. When Toni when down to get ready, she noticed Louie was out and the colt pen fence was broke again. She caught Louie with a piece of string and fixed the fence, again. It usually takes 2 times of them getting shocked before they catch on that they can’t run through the fence. So we expected to fix the fence about twice, that has happened, so now they had better stay in! We had a bull leave, and one leave Saturday. We had to sort the fall calves that we weaned last weekend, the bulls thought the heifers were coming in heat. We went out and checked on Leroy’s pen and got hugs from Trump, he missed us so much. Once we got back we decided to move Whinny over with Double, move Kool with the fillies, and halter and work Jag and Rich. Time for them to get halter broke! Then we went and did chores and checked the desert. The three boys went with Coco for a walk while Toni, Anna, and I finished with work and checking. The desert is simply beautiful in the spring with a calm beauty and fresh grass, if you know where to look there is plenty of wildlife to keep a nice walk interesting.

We are all super hopeful for foals this week and maybe those last few cows could calve! With spring in the air it is time to get those foals on the ground and get this show in the road.

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This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.

Monday was a great day, the snow was melting, birds were singing, mud was drying up. Can it get any better than this?? Toni knew Shiney was going to foal Monday, so she kept going and checking her, but Shiney waited until Toni had to go to a meeting to foal, sometimes mares are tricky tricksters. Shiney had a cute colt with a white body spot. Anna had her first tennis practice Monday, they spent most of practice cleaning the snow off of the tennis courts. She said they actually played for about 20 minutes.

Tuesday Toni and Dad went into Michael Jays for the Washington Cattlemen’s Meeting that was in Connell. They both said the meeting was really good, but Toni had a business call first so they got there late and dad had to take mom to an appointment, so they left early. Toni had a call that night too, so the three boys and I did most of chores, since Anna was at tennis practice. Ro has not gone out with a stud yet since no one wants Trump to leave, he needs his nightly pets.

Wednesday was the first day of Spring, I am still wondering what the groundhog was thinking with an early spring when there is still snow on the ground. But, the weather is definitely improving. Dad and Toni with to the WCA bull sale. The twins went down and had lunch with them. They saw lots of friends and had a great lunch. I was hoping for a foal today so we could give it a spring name, but the mares were not ready. The two year old Hereford bull left today, he went to Ellensburg.

Still no foals on Thursday, there are lots of mares getting heavy, so I guess they will all foal on the same day?? Bub is out breeding cows like he is supposed to be, we had a couple in heat Th morning. The rabbit that was outside my office window had moved on to greener pastures, so I don’t even have an office pet anymore. Toni and the boys, minus Sonny because he was not feeling well, did chores, and then Toni took Anna, Kaine, and Kade into have dinner with the twins before the twins went back to college. Leslie, Shelby, and Whitney were also with them eating. They ate at the new place in Connell, Papa Ray’s, and said it was good. I went up to help Ben and Kicker sort the cows for AIing on the weekend, but, they were done sorting. We had someone coming out to get a show steer, so I showed Danny and the kids the steers and we loaded one out for them.

Still no new foals Friday, I guess someone should have a talk with these horses. Toni and Ben pulled CIDRs at 8 so we can AI Sunday. Then Ben went off to work and Toni went home to work. She had to leave for Kade’s math team competition at around 1, so she had a busy morning of getting a full days’ worth of stuff done. Sonny stayed home from school since he was sick, Toni dropped him off at moms while she was at math team. Kade’s team did really good. Ben was late getting home from work, so Kicker and I fed the cows, Ben got home right as we were getting done.

Saturday morning we were up bright and early to give the cows shots for AIing. Then we got all our steers rounded up, and loaded in the trailer to head in for steer weigh in. We fed them a little too well over the winter and most of them were a little heavy. Better too heavy than too light. Next, we ran into Connell to get fuel and Toni and the kids decided they needed lunch, so I made then walk down to the Burger Factory while I got fuel. We went home and the kids washed their Spokane steers after lunch and we caught our heifers for the Angus show. The heifers thought they were done showing and not super happy with us. They are big fat hippos, so it is really fun to try to catch them with them swinging their big booties around. One got herself so upset she had the hiccups. They were decent after we caught them. Ben and Kicker went and built fence where we were going to move the cows too, Toni and I sorted the heifers, sorted the cows, sorted this and that while we watched the kids. We put Gunner and Ellie in the yard since we needed to use their pen, and Gunner caught his reflection in the window and found himself to be a good looking stud.  Then we headed down to do chores. While doing chores we had some friends show up with two little girls. They wanted to pet the “baby” horses and ride. The girls were very petite and wearing dresses, but they were game to sit on Rudy and pet Trump. Trump started nibbling on their clothes when they weren’t paying enough attention to him. Spoiled maybe? The girls also went and petted Rocky. Sometimes little people don’t love big old Rocky, even if he loves everyone that wants to pet him.

Sunday we woke up to rain, but, it is better rain than snow. Anna, Kaine and Kade caught their Spokane steers, but did not wash them since it was raining and cold. We also did not catch the Angus heifers since there was not a lot of room in the barn. We moved Dreamer and the mini mares up with Bev, the yearling mini fillies down by the house, and the May heifers will go in with them when we put a bull in with the show heifers, and we put Gunner out in circle 4 where Dreamer was. Toni and Dad put out straw while Ben and I sold a bull and sorted. Toni rode Riley and I rode Oley and Ben rode the 4 wheeler, and we moved stuff around. Whitney came and got the kids and took them to a birthday party. Mark came and AIed. Then we pushed all the cows down below the grass hay field to a patch of corn stalks that were left. The heifers getting bred are in the old stalks where the cows were and the no breed heifers we hauled down to circle 6. We hauled Cece, Ladybug and Miss Kyra to be with Gunner, and Ro and Lola to Leroy. We are all sad that Trumpy is down in Circle 3 where we can’t pet him everyday. Luckily we still have Spotty, Jojo, and Regis around the house to spoil. Maybe more soon?


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It’s all a matter of perspective. You can look at mud and see mud, or you can use creativity and positive thinking and see potential grass.

It’s all a matter of perspective. You can look at mud and see mud, or you can use creativity and positive thinking and see potential grass. Right now we are being really positive. Monday was a marvelous day, the sun was out, and the weather was awesome. The foals were playing, birds were flying. The kids did the front chores, Toni and I did the back chores, since we have spring forward and I am home to help with the chores now.

Then came Tuesday, freezing rain, snow, just a general dissatisfaction with the weather. Kids had no school, we had a late start. It warmed up during the day and the snow turned to rain. Luckily no foals and no calves during the weather event.

Wednesday was a nice, sunny day. Anna had horse judging practice after school and rode the activity bus home for the first time. Mocha had a cute bay roan filly by Gunner. Dad swore she was grulla, but up close she is clearly bay roan. Mocha’s foals are always super sweet right off the bat. This filly will leave her mother to come nibble on your coat. The only problem is that she has no problem leaving her mother. Day one she was already over investigating Curly the bull with no adult horse supervision. Luckily Curly is easy going. We had someone come out and look at Regis. Everything is still covered in snow or now it is covered in mud. Kicker had to stay at work late so Toni helped Ben feed the horses and Herefords.

Thursday was still nice and sunny. It has still been freezing at nights but it getting warm during the day. The Sandhill cranes are circling and wondering why there is still snow. Besides everything being cold and frozen life is pretty good. And it definitely good be worse, we could be flooded like part of the Midwest. We shipped out a bull on Thursday to some new buyers. The bull was awesome and Toni loaded him with the buyers. Thursday night tall John had to come out and help with chores because he needed a foal fix. We think he might have an addiction problem. He is addicted to horses. So Toni and John fed the Herefords and horses. John also grabbed Toni’s camera so he could try it out since it is new.

Friday was a great day, it was chilly in the morning but nice and sunny in the afternoon. The snow was melting, you can definitely see a difference. I took Trinity and Jewels to the vet in the morning, Jewels is getting spayed, since she cannot have puppies, and Trinity has a growth under her chin getting removed. I took them both to Sagehill vet in Othello. Then I got home and got circle 4 in to sort off the cows and heifers that are getting AIed on the second round. I got them all sorted then had a quick lunch and ran into the school and get Anna and take her in for her sports physical. I got into an argument with the nurse about eating beef, besides that everything went fine. Then I grabbed all the kids from school. We got home, they had a snack and I left them to help Ben with the CIDRS while I went to get my dogs. Both were happy I was there to pick them up. I got home in time to help pull out two CIDRS then we headed down to do chores.

Saturday we checked first thing. Then Ben helped me load up some hay and Toni, the kids and I tried to get the horses in the snow filled corral to haul the heavy and open ones up to breed. It was quite interesting. We were able to get 4 open ones in. Then Toni and I hauled them 2 at a time out, circle 5 is VERY muddy, we barely made it out the first time with our partial load and did not make it the second time and had to lead Barb and Bayley up the hill. The pick-up and trailer had to be towed out and we broke one tow strap in the process. The mud was deep. We put Barb in with Leroy, Annie in with Colonel, Abs in with Dude, Bayley and Stinger in with Bishop, and Ellie in with Gunner. Toni got stuck again, this time on a snowpile that hadn’t melted when she slid into it because of the ice that is still out and about. It was a long day and we had a lot of walking. Then we took Double down to the house and put him in the heavy pen, so we had a pen for Sagebug to go into. The barn is actually empty for the first time in a while so the kids got to catch their Spokane steers, who have had a LONG break that was not good for them mentally.

We also got some videos of Whim when we moved him, which was hard due to how muddy and slick it is. Whim is such a pretty mover though that the videos look ok.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, I got the kids St. Patrick’s Day Potatoes from Sees. Dad went and got Sagebug on Sunday, and we put Cleo and Mocha in with him. We also got one of the heavy mares into the corral, Mud, and we hauled her down and she is in the heavy pen. The kids caught their Spokane steers again, who were not happy about being caught two days in a row after their long break. The kids also cleaned off the watch rack, from all the mud so they can start washing them, they are muddy messes.

We are really happy with how well Josh did with Sagebug, he has had a lot of riding in the short, snow filled months he has been there. With Sagebug home, we are now officially started into our mare breeding season. We can’t say we are excited about it, but it had to start sometime. With the better weather, the bull market has picked up and we are excited to see our repeat bull buyers. If you are in the market for a bull, we think we have some really good ones so feel free to come look. We are also getting some amazing foals on the ground for anyone wanting a 2019 foal. With the better weather, we will once again be ready to give people the ranch tour and show the horses. Just let us know if you are in the area.

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Checking Pictures March 12

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Sun, sun, where are you?

Another hectic Monday, but the kids DID have school. Not only did they have school, but I had an email when I got to work from Anna’s ag teacher that they had CDE regionals after school. So mom and dad went and got her clothes and ran them into school for her. Her friend Daisy went too. Cousin Kendel needed our bottle calf to put on her cow, so her and Toby came down and got her and she is happy to have a mom. Toni tried to let the foals out to run around in the sun today, but the Jersey Norman kept trying to come in the barn and lay on their new straw Toni gave them, so it was a cluster. One of Maria’s calves was frozen to the ground in the morning as it was 9 degree weather, so Toni met her with a bottle of milk to feed it and try to get it moving. We have a yearling bull that slipped on the ice and hurt his back leg, so now he is in the barn too. And we also have to figure out where to separate the cows too to breed them starting next weekend. We don’t have a lot of places right now that have water and that we can get too to in the pickup to feed them. It definitely does not feel like the week of March 4th. When Toni, Kade and Kaine went out to do chores the fence was broken around the hay stack again, so that needed fixing. Kaine and I went home to water and feed the animals in the barn and let the mares back in. It was a chore keeping Norman the Jersey out and the show steers and get the mares in. Sally calved yesterday, and her calf did not nurse, so Ben and Kicker tubed in with colostrum. We had a heifer calve, a KM Broken Bow 002 daughter, Ben and Kicker put her in the barn since it is her first calf and it was so cold out. 548 and 508T also calved, both of their calves got up and nursed right away and did great. Anna got home from her FFA competition at around 9:30, I picked up her and Daisy and met Maria. A sheriff saw Maria sitting along the road waiting for us so he stopped to ask her if she was stuck. Ben and Kicker did not get in until 9:30-10 from feeding and getting all of the calves situated. Then Ben was up all night checking the cows since it was so cold, I told him I would have switched and he could have slept but he said he could not sleep anyway. The stress level is getting to be too much for all of us! Even when we think we have enough straw down, the animals situated correctly, we are all up wondering if we missed something.

Tuesday, it was still cold and did not feel like March. It was dress up like your favorite Dr Seuss character at the elementary school so Kade make costumes for himself and Sonny. Overall it was a pretty good day, we had one calf, a cute Hereford heifer out of a Times A Wastin daughter and by our 10Y son. I asked who was going to show her and Toni said she was. I told her she was no longer a Jr and she told me she was forever 21, so she still qualified. Toni and the kids had chores done when I got home, we just had the stuff in the barn to do when we got home. Ben and Kicker were actually in by around 7:30.

Wednesday, the snow was back……..And then the rain came………then back to snow. Boy scouts was canceled due to the weather. Kicker took the kids to school, Toni and the kids did chores. Toni got some cool pictures of the mares in the ice storm with her new camera. Like Larry O, a neighbor, said in his twitter post, as bad as it is, just think of how bad it would have been 50 years ago, no pickup, no spotlight, no heater, you are out checking for new calves on horseback, trying to get through the snow and ice. It really makes you appreciate what you have.

Thursday was a great day, the sun is shining and it got to 40. Ben sorted off the cows that need to have their cidrs pulled at 8 on Friday morning. Toni and the kids did chores, minus Jaxen of course. The two mares and foals enjoyed being turned out with the steers in the sun shine. Toni, the kids and I all went down to put them back in the barn for the night to put straw out. Toni and the kids had to actually go out and get them in, they did not want to come back. We made Jaxsen help put straw out, you would think we made him shovel the whole driveway. But, he did help somewhat with a grumpy look on his face. He reminds us he doesn’t have to like animals!

Friday morning dad texted that Cleo foaled, good girl waiting for a nice day. I am VERY disappointed it was a colt, but very happy that it was a grullo. We would really like Cleo to have another filly for us. Mom thinks we need to keep him for another stallion prospect. Toni and Ben pulled the CIDRS bright and early in the cold, but from how the weather has been it could have been colder. Since Cleo had foaled Toni went out and checked the mares, Mocha did not want to be found and she had to hike to her. But she had not foaled. And as we keep saying, to ourselves and everyone else that will listen, the weather could be worse.

Saturday we ran the AI cows in and gave them shots. Then we went out to check on the mares and found Ceecee and her foal, so we went back and got the trailer and got her and Mocha in. We moved the old mares at mom and dads over a pen and put all of the mares and foals, and Mocha in the front pen. We had to shovel out some of the gates to get that plan to work, snow drifts are still all over even with a couple of sunny days. The mares and foals have 2 big grass straw bales and a shed with straw in it. And a bull, just in case they need a bull. All four colts are now at Mom and Dads in the front pasture along with Mocha. Then we got the cows in again and sorted off the Herefords and the second AI group, we put the Hereford cows and Eric, our 10Y son, down in circle 5 with the horses. Then we ran the AI cows in again and sorted off the bull calves so when the cows started to come in heat they would not ride. Next, we went down to do chores.

After chores we had a birthday party for Kicker, we had pizza, 2 pies and a lemon torte.

Sunday we got up bright and early, especially since it is the best day of the year with spring forward. Toni and Kicker put out big bales. Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I got the heavy cow pen in and sorted out the cows that had calved, tagged the calves and turned them out. Then we got the AI cows back in and sorted them into AI groups, so it would be faster when Mark got there to AI. We went in and had a lunch break then were ready when Mark got there. Mark brought an extra person, Alex, so AIing went really fast. We got done in record time and then put the Herefords down in circle 5 and the Angus out in the corn field with Bub, our KR Direct Deposit son. Then Toni, Anna, Kade, Sonny and I went down and got Twiggy and Shadie and took them back to put with Mocha to watch. We need to move a few more mares, but we can’t get to the corral down in Circle 5 yet due to snow. Shadie and Twiggy are two that we can walk out and catch and we had to lead them up the hill because of how soft the road is. We are now feeding the mares and the Herefords in Circle 5, but until we have this snow off the ground, we have to feed. Hopefully this snow melts soon. We hear the forecast is for more snow and potentially freezing rain on Tuesday. But we are trying to stay positive that this is the last and we can see spring around the corner.

And we are getting great reports back from Josh and Crystal regarding Sagebug. He is doing great, Josh has been opening gates off of him and riding him down the road.

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