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You have to take the bad to get to the good. And sometimes, there is too much bad.

This was a hard week with extreme ups and downs. Toni had a busy and hectic day on Monday. She had a meeting in Othello, and on the way, after she got the kids on the bus, she dropped off the three Prineville heifers (for health and brand slips), two mares to ultrasound, and two colts for health and brand slips off at Sagehill vet. Ben loaded the three heifers before he went to work so at least Toni had those loaded, the rest she did on her own. We had been trying to get Miss Kyra bred to a running stud as a legacy to her late owner, Pappy. But unfortunately during a routine pregnancy exam, she suffered some complications. This was a fluke thing that ended with Miss Kyra having to be put down. We had hope a couple of times during the week, but Miss Kyra developed a secondary infection that complicated everything. On Sunday we talked with the awesome staff at Sagehill Vet and made the decision to do what was best for the horse. It was an emotional father’s day, with everyone upset about losing such a kind horse. But in the end, we had to do what is best for Miss Kyra, not us. We can’t thank Sagehill Vet enough for the care they took of her during the week, even though it did not end as we would have wanted.

We still have 6 mares to foal, at least Cupcake is looking kind of heavy. The kids are counting down their last days and hours of school. They are also counting down the hours to their first Jay Team show. Brita came out and looked at Double Down, Cutter and Summer Sky Monday night. I went home and Kaine and Kade told me the non clubby show steers were out, could I help get them in, they were right by the gate on the far side. I was like sure, they said here, do you want to ride the bike (like as in bicycle). So they run and I pedal down there and of course the steers RUN away. So we are trying to get around them with a bicycle in the weeds and soft dirt, the whole time I am thinking, my horse was RIGHT THERE, why I am riding a bike?? So that took WAY longer than it should have.

I saw on Facebook on Monday that Jenks were selling cherries for $3/lb, so I message Kameron about getting some for grandpa, he LOVES cherries. So Tuesday morning I ran money by Toni’s house for Kameron, if you want cherries I can get Kameron’s number to you. No foals when I went by, one day, there WILL be a foal. Toni went to Connell to see grandpa, now Toni, mom and I have four more Hereford heifers. I am not quite sure how that worked. Coco was there to help with chores so Toni worked on more poles while Coco and I did back chores, the kids had done the front chores before they went to work on their heifers and steers. The top wire was broke on the hot fence, so Coco and I walked out and fixed that. We decided we needed our steps. Toni got all the poles we have left ready to go up and found some kittens while doing it.

The kids had a short day of school on Wed, Toni got the three oldest out to go and clip steers at 1. Jaxsen had to stay for the whole day, but he got to go home with his best friend Luke after school. Toni brought our 4 Hereford heifers back from Connell when she brought the kids home. Kaine also got a haircut when Jay was done with the steers. Coco and I did most of the chores, since Toni was in Connell and got back later.

Anna did not go to school on Thursday since it was play day and she did not want to play, but the three boys went. Kaine did not know why ANYONE would want to miss play day, it is the best day of the year. After chores Toni, Coco and I worked on the corral fence for a while and then Toni and I went and bred Meno to Bishop. Ben and Kicker switched the pickups and trailers, dad was taking the little trailer to Otis Orchards on Friday to get Cammie and Toni was taking Butte and the gooseneck to Connell to drop off the steers and kids. The kids packed the trailer up and were ready to go.

Friday the kids did not go to the last two hours of school. They tied all the heifers and steers up in the morning. Lamar came after work to trim the show heifers’ feet. Since they were locked in, and not out where they can chip them off, sometimes they need their feet trimmed like a horse. Toni took the three older kids over to Connell and they stayed with Leslie to go to the NW Farm Supply Jackpot with Jay Saturday morning bright and early.

We have used the same hoof trimmer for years, and he has been trimming hooves for over 20 years and plans to retire after this year. In another freak event, somehow Kaine’s heifer Deedee got her leg stuck in the hoof trimming table and broke her leg. This has never happened before. It was a total fluke. The leg was not fixable and we had to put Deedee down. This is a heifer that Kaine has been showing since last October and that he had bought himself in the Evergreen Sale with money he had saved up. We exhausted all of our resources trying to come up with any other option that would get the leg fixed. There were not options due to the position and severity of the break. Kaine is devastated, he loved DeeDee, all the kids (and us adults) are upset, she was a sweet heifer and we had high hopes for her. Lamar is very upset, he called Saturday morning to see how the kids were doing.

Now for the positive, because after those two events, it seems hard to bounce back and be positive! The kids went to the NW Farm Supply Show on Sat and showed to the best of their ability. Kade came away with grand champion Jr. Showman out of a really tough group of kids. All three of the kids showed great, the steers did great and we could not be happier. Anna and Kade were second in their market classes and Kaine was third. They had a great show and a lot of fun. Jolene, Nick and Bronty went and watched them and that made it extra special. The jackpots have super tough competition, so coming away with a win is a big deal. Last year Kaine and Anna won showmanship at the same jackpot and Kaine won Market, so go Jay Team!

Also on Saturday, Ladybug foaled. This is the first Reed filly we have had. Mom named her Lacey Bug. She is an adorable grullo filly. We also sent Hollywood Cad to his new home on Saturday and Toni gave Donna and Lorenzo a tour and they are also going to buy Ruthless Colonel, so we have a pending sale on him. I tied their other steers and heifers up for them while they were gone. Ben and I went and checked all the cows, Kicker and dad went to Othello to get parts for dad’s circle. Toni, Kicker, Jaxsen and Kade got to go to a Dust Devil’s game Saturday night, so they met Jay in Kennewick and got Kade. I went over and took Andee with me to see her sister, Leslie has Andee’s sister Paisley. Andee was fine with Paisley until Paisley got by Kaine and then Andee went crazy on her sister, so now mom is teasing Kaine that he can’t have a girlfriend because Andee will get them.

As a family we went to TX roadhouse on Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day. We have a very good role model in our dad, and 2 great husbands that deserve some recognition for what they do. Also on Sunday, we got the older heifers in, and a May heifer for Jaxsen, and we locked the clubby calves in to start halter breaking. This will give the kids something new to think about.

This has been a tough week. But in the end we try to stay positive and remember that it could be worse. We are very lucky to have 4 healthy kids between us, healthy livestock, a set of grandparents that are still alive and active, parents that are phenomenal, and the lifestyle that we love. Ranching isn’t always easy, but it is what we are and we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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We are supposed to see a 100 degree day this week, so I guess summer has officially began

Monday, the first week of June, May just slipped through the cracks. It’s the first week of June and we still have 6 mares to foal. School is almost over, it is time to work hard on the show heifers and steers. Coco was back on Monday, so we had lots of chore people, so Toni worked on her poles while Coco and I did chores, when we got back she had Kaine and Sonny helping her. When I got in I asked where Anna and Kade were, Anna was working on homework and Kade was watching the news with mom. I suspect all the boys will be watching the news on Tuesday. The big news on Monday was that Felix went to his new home. We are going to miss that guy, but it is time for him to be a horse and not a pasture pet.

Tuesday morning Ben took the camper in to Broadmoor, it has some minor repairs that were covered under the warranty. I had an appointment with a neurologist that morning to see if he could figure out why I cannot smell. All the tests came back normal, so I guess that is good??? Ben went and got the kids after school and they went up and washed their steers and got in their heifers for Prineville. Toni and I did chores and then worked on the corral fence, we got three sections up were the rail road ties were still good. Half the battle on rebuilding this corral is having to pull down all the old stuff. It takes twice as long because all the old stuff has to be taken down and hauled out, then we can bring in the new stuff. The good news is that when Chad was out trimming horses, he asked Toni why we don’t have a post hole digger that attaches to the back of a tractor. Why are we digging all of these holes by hand? Toni said because they are too expensive. Chad said, no they aren’t. So Toni decided to look into it and low and behold, they aren’t that expensive! RDO in Othello has a great manager that now has ordered us a post hole digger. This should make digging post holes about 100% easier. Let’s hope anyway.

Wednesday Toni had a lot of calls on her big bankruptcy. Juan and dad showed up to look at horses but she had to kick them out. I teased the kids that they were washing their steers so much so they would not have to help with the fence. And they went and worked on their steers anyway. We had an outside mare come to breed to Bishop, a cute palomino mare by Jumpin Jack Whiz. She is not too sure she wants to stay out with him though and we had to go and put her back in twice Wednesday night, we are started calling her Mino since we didn’t know her name. And part of the time we were dealing with her was in a rain storm. It is a good thing we like her! Of course the fence was down after she got out as well, but that is to be expected. One of our three summer cows also calved, Sweet Apple had a cute Hereford calf.

Thursday dad took two bulls and two cows to Toppenish. Toni went down to check on the palomino mare to see if she was still in, she was. But, she got out later so Toni took her to the house and we put her in the corral there until Friday. Coco was there to help with chores on Thursday, so Coco and I did chores and Toni got more poles ready to put up some more sections of fence.

I do not know what happened Thursday night, but we had some mixing going on Friday morning. The show heifers and riding horses were out with the big group of cows. Eric the Hereford bull was also out with the big group of cows, and some panels were knocked down in the corral in circle #5, there was nothing in the corral but cows were in the pasture around the corral. So I spent most of Friday fixing fence. I took a two hour break for mom and I to run into Connell and get our hair done. Kade was a student of the month so Toni went to the assembly and brought all the kids home and took them to get milk shakes. Then she brought them down to work on their heifers and steers. Toni and I went to take Mino back with Bishop. Pepper was in heat so we hand bred her to Double. Pepper had gotten an injury in her shoulder when we put her out with Gunner (this seems to be the year for injuries) so we had to bring her back in to care for her. Toni wasn’t too happy about breeding Pepper to Double, but I had already said I wanted to breed her to Double to try to get a replacement for Double. The guy is 23 years old, he isn’t going to live forever, even if we are in denial about it. So now Pepper, Pistol, and Shady are all bred to Double for potential replacement stallions. So, they are all having fillies next year.

Saturday was mom’s birthday, happy birthday mom. The kids and I caught all the heifers and steers and the kids washed them. Toni got a bunch of work done. People came out to look at horses, so they got the tour. Then we went down and worked on the fence at the corral for a while, we had Coco on Saturday to help. Luckily for Coco and I Toni ran out of lag bolts so we got to stop at 6:45. Then we went and celebrated mom’s birthday at Toni’s house.

We hauled Mino back to the house Sunday, Toni is going to take her in to see Dr. Sorenson and see where she is at in her heat cycle. We also brought Cole up front so Toni could take him to get him ready to go to CA in a week. Pecos gets to move to CA as well, so he got put in the corral to go the vet Monday too. It will be a full trailer headed to the vet on Monday. 3 heifers, 2 colts, and 2 mares. The kids worked on their heifers and steers, they are getting the steers ready to go to NW Farm Supply show on June 15th and then we are headed to Prineville with 3 of the heifers on June 20th. Toni got some lag bolts from Ben so we finished the sections we could that had good posts. We also moved Whim back down to the corral so he had more room. Jeanne showed up with their 3 ponies, one may be a mini, so we got them all worked and loaded and hauled them over to a friend’s house. He had requested “ponies” to eat down his grass, so the joke was on him when we literally unloaded a passel of ponies. The kids aren’t too happy that their mini herd is all of 10 miles away, but it is nice to take Dreamer somewhere else for a few weeks. A mini stud is still a stud.

We are supposed to see a 100 degree day this week, so I guess summer has officially began in the Columbia Basin. Business as usual here at the ranch. We are getting lots of visitors, so if you have your eye on a particular foal, let us know when you want to come out and take a look.

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If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there with ya.

Monday was a day of remembrance for all of those who have served and paid the ultimate price for that. We take it one step farther and want to thank all of the members of the armed services for their service. We have multiple family members and friends that have made the commitment to serve our country and we cannot thank them enough.

Memorial Day 2019
Kaine and Kade went with mom and dad on Sunday to St John to help decorate graves. They came back with great stories from dad and were excited and happy from their experience. Normally either Toni and her family or me and my family go with mom and dad. But this year it just did not work out that way. Even when we can’t go, it is important for the kids to understand that someone must go because that is our heritage and must not be forgotten. The kids have always gone from a young age and understand that it is our duty to go the gravesides.

Also on Monday, Goldie had a cute chestnut colt by Colonel. Ben had finished some fencing down in circle 6, so we moved Bishop’s pen down there. That was our last stallion pen that we were feeding, so now the corral is empty to allow for the rebuild that is going to take forever. The corral won’t stay empty forever, so it is just going to be a slow rebuild. We worked the rest of Bishop’s pen and got them out to the grass. Kaine, Anna and I caught the steers and the May heifers and tied them up. We ran to town and got groceries and had lunch. When we got back the kids washed their steers. Toni showed Roy around and I showed Juan around. Roy put a deposit down on Beretta and Juan is coming back next Saturday, he is trying to decide which roan he wants. Pepper’s filly, Nellie, did not like being out with Gunner, so we brought them back to the house for a few days to let her get a little older and try again. Some times that happens.

Tuesday Anna and Kaine had orthodontist appoints, Anna a retainer checkup and Kaine to see when he is getting his. Cousin Traci took them back to Connell for me. Toni and mom took Grandma and Grandpa to the Dr for their appointment and took grandma grocery shopping, grandpa did not want to go so waited in the car. They went out to lunch with Tom and Peggy, for mothers and fathers’ day, so they took grandma and grandpa to Red Lobster. They were late getting back so Toni did not get her projects started. Ben came down and got the 4 kids to go and work on steers, well, 3 worked on steers and one went and watched TV. Toni and I took some videos on Whim as well on Tuesday.

As of Wednesday morning we are still waiting on the last mares to foal. Not patiently I might add. Toni went around and got a good check on everything, and then had to get back to work to deal with her clients. The twins brought us strawberries Wednesday night AND stayed and helped us on one of Toni’s MANY fencing projects. Aram and Daisy were also there for a while and helped. While working on the fence we also came across a bull snake. Toni tried shooing it away, but it must have needed to go the way we were, it zipped right between us, and Kade took off for the pickup like a shot. Jaxsen tried to run up the hill to get a good look at the snake. The kids refused to go over by that part of the fence after that, so Toni had to finish that area on her own. We may not be petrified of snakes, but we don’t like them. We did get the fence done in preparation for tall John’s colts to arrive. Another project done!

Still no babies Thursday, and none of the mares even look like they are going to foal. Very disappointing. Kade and Sonny had dentist appointments, so they got to miss part of a day of school. Poor Kade had cavities. Kade and Jaxsen also had a troop meeting for boy scouts Thursday night. But don’t worry, we worked on some of Toni’s fencing projects first.

Woohoo, its Friday. Chad came out on Friday afternoon, so Toni and Chad trimmed the yearlings, two year olds, Whim (first trim ever!), Miss Kyra, and BeeBee. When I got home from work the kids and I did chores, then Anna held Shotgun Sally while she got trimmed. Everyone did great. We ended about 7 pm, Chad went and had a burger with Mom and Dad, then went over to our friend Debbie’s and fit her gelding in as well. Big thanks to him for fitting Debbie in.

Tall John rolled in Saturday morning with his two yearling colts that we are going to keep for him. Bad news for him is that possession is 9/10th of the law! We thought they were going to be way bigger than ours, as they are running bred, but our Holllywood Cad is still taller. John’s colts fit right in with ours, they all act like they have been together forever. Toni brought Kade down and we caught all the steers and the May heifers. Then Chad came to finish up. All of us women wore tank tops on Sat so we are all crustified critters, Anna changed midafternoon to a long sleeved shirt. We had Cody come out to look at the stallions, he wants to breed a few mares, he brought two friends. Then Josh showed up to get BeeBee and take her back to Potlatch with him to start, Jeanne is going to ride BeeBee for a while after Josh gets a good start on her. Toni took Josh out to look at the yearlings and babies while he was here. They saw another snake in the driveway, luckily it was dead. It was little, but still a snake.

Sunday Kade and Toni came down and we caught all the steers and the heifers going to Prineville. We led the non clubbies to the washrack for the first time, it was their third time being caught. They all did really good. Then a family came out to look at steers for the Jr. Show in Spokane next year. Toni had one of her law interns coming out for a little while Sunday, she needed to finish off some hours. So Toni left, and then we took Kade home for lunch and Kaine, Anna and went to Othello for lunch and groceries.

We came back and got the mares in out of circle 5, Goldie, Payton, Maggie, Frieda and Blackie. We took the three left to foal down to mom and dads, put Goldie with Colonel and Payton with Bishop. Our good friends Sonny and Jeannie Riley showed up with a bundle of fence posts and some dog chow for us. The fence posts are for continued fencing projects. We had run out. Sonny Riley is a lover of chocolate chip cookies, so we gave him 4 for the trip home. We got to see Jeannie’s brand new Ford pick-up, it is pretty fancy. All the mares still to foal are now at mom and dad’s out front. This makes it easier to watch them do nothing, as none of them look like they are going to foal anytime soon.

Our first cutting of hay is down and ready for baling, the heat has let off a bit and the wind is a refreshing change. It might be the perfect week to put railroad ties in at the corral and get that project started, or at least that is what Toni is saying!


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May is a very important month, since it is Beef month.

We are frequently asked what type of ranchers are we? Are we horse ranchers with cattle, or cattle ranchers with horses? Most people assume, because we have approximately 80 head of horses, that we are horse people. We are not. We are multi-generational cattle ranchers. If anyone ever wants to read about our history, we have a brief write-up on our website under the history tab- This may seem like an insignificant distinction, but to us, it is important to recognize where we are, how we got here, and what our future holds, which will always be cattle. Our priority will always be the cattle sector of our ranch. But, Toni does tell people that the horses take up 5 times more of our time and expens as the cattle do, however, that is mine and her time, Ben and Kicker spend the majority of their time with the cattle, alfalfa and circle repair. The month of May is such an important month to cattle ranches as it is Beef month. When you are faced with which protein to buy at the store, please remember that cattle ranchers everywhere thank the everyday consumer and appreciate you helping us stay in business! I could go on and on about the benefits of beef to the environment, to diets, to our everyday life, but I won’t this time. Just know that beef is whats for dinner, and we thank you for helping to keep it that way.


Monday was a beautiful day. Kristy came out in the morning to look at Gen, Bell’s colt. She brought a couple of ladies with her and I hear they had a great tour of the ranch. Toni had court, which she was out in record time, 3 minutes. Toni also took mom to get her glasses on Monday. Kaine had baseball pictures on Monday night, and of course he forgot his form and money at our house, luckily Maria had an extra form and paid for him. Mar and Leslie brought Mar’s mare out to breed to Bishop Monday night. He thought she was in heat but Bishop did not agree, so they left her. We had a meeting Monday night for mom and her colt, we all had to come up with a name, and mom picked one, and then mom decided on what to price her colt at. Lona is mom’s horse, so KT Doc Hollywood is moms. Just ask her, she will tell you it is true. Toni had a late meeting Monday night to get some of our farming stuff figured out, which she made progress. Toni is also wanting to starting fencing projects again, but we are ignoring her since there is just NOT enough time in the day.


More rain on Tuesday, we like the rain, it makes our desert grass grow. Again, no new foals. Keshia and Ana from the Fantasy Stables and Fantasy Ranch board games came out to take pictures of the foals for advertising and cards in the games. Gunner is a featured stallion in Fantasy Ranch, and there are a number of his foals in the game. Colonel, Goldy, Shasta and Shiney are all on the back of the cards, as well as on the top of one of the rules pages. Dude is on the top of the one of the cards. And two of our horses are also on the cover that are owned by Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, which is one of the ranches featured in the game. The girls got some good pictures, but the weather wasn’t great. Even with the junky weather, they took about 3000 pictures. We are really excited to see the pictures when they are done editing.


We woke up to a cute buckskin filly on Wednesday out of Pepper and by Gunner. Toni had a conference call first thing then headed out to check. There were not any other foals. Wednesday was the only day Toni didn’t have a set ranch project to complete, so she decided to try and get some of her actual job work done. Kade had boy scouts Wednesday night, he got to cook a meal and set up a tent, so Toni ran him into that. Kaine, Anna, Jaxsen and I finished up chores and went and started digging a post hole. Toni got there when we were ¾ done. After we buried the post Leslie showed up to get Mar’s mare, so Kaine, Anna and I left and left Toni and Sonny to help Les.

No foals Thursday, Toni took Whim into Dr Sorenson at Sagehill Vet Clinic to get cut, she also took an outside mare, Livvy, in who cut her leg and an Angus bull in for a semen recheck. Lucy the puppy needed some more puppy shots, so she got to go which made her happy as she thinks she needs to go everywhere with Toni. Toni had a conference call starting at 10 and made it back from dropping the animals off with 6 minutes to spare. Then she had to go between clients to go pick them back up. This was Whim’s second time being loaded in a trailer and his first ride in the trailer. Again, such an awesome awesome mind on this guy. The bull was in the front compartment and he had to load next to a yearling bull.


Thursday we also got an email from our cousin Jodi, cousin on our dad’s side. Her dad, our uncle Walt, passed away from Prostate cancer, and her mom also was a victim of cancer, our aunt Janet. Jodi is participating in a ZeroProstate Cancer walk/run to bring awareness. Currently our Grandpa has prostate cancer, our great Uncle Don has prostate cancer, our neighbor Bob, and of course our uncle Walt died from it. Click here to view the team page for Pierson Pride

Thursday night we packed the trailer and tackbox for our trip to E-burg and the Angus Preview. Planning ahead this time we actually got everything we needed in the tackbox so no one had to make an emergency run to a feed store for provisions.


Friday we woke up to a cute brown colt by KT Reed Me a Double and out of Piper. The kids went to a half day of school and then we headed to E-burg to the Angus show. We checked in, check into our motel, got the heifers settled in and washed. Then we went and had dinner at Ellensburg Pasta (since Lyyski’s were not there to take us out) and back to the motel. The kids swam a little while in the pool then we had an early night since we were having an early morning.


Saturday we got up at 4:30, got to the barn and got the girls washed and ready to show. It was no fit showmanship, so we did not have to fit until after. Anna and Kade both made it back to the championship round in showmanship, and Anna was the Reserve Champion Junior Showman. Kade’s bred and owned heifer was Reserve Champion in her division. Anna’s May heifer was Reserve Champion in her division. Both of Kaine’s heifers made it back to the championship round, Jaxsen’s heifer made it back to the championship round, and Kade’s second heifer being third in her class, so one spot from making it back. We had a great show, all the kids brought home a check. Jax had significant improvement in his showmanship skills from the first class to his third class. He has decided he wants to beat his brother. That is a big goal!


Sunday Payton had a cute brown colt by Bishop. We got the mares in on Sunday to move Lona and Piper out with Leroy. We hauled Pepper out to Gunners pen. We caught and washed the heifers and caught the steers. Sunday was a long day, but we got what we needed to get done, done. Now the start of a busy week. The countdown has started for the school year to be over. The kids are already working on their steers after school, and I think may have summeritis already. We would like those last mares to foal so we could count spring as over and summer as here! Looking forward to summer weather and lots of new friends coming to look at foals.


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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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Waiting to load the steers

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Getting ready for the sale

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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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