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KT 1050 Advance 817 is by CX 3027 Advance 1050, 1050 is a bull from Bill Cox in Pomeroy and out of 3027. He is a moderate framed heifer bull. 817’s dam is KT Ms Rusila 315, who is a daughter of BVR Raftsman 028X ET. She is a great cow that the kids showed in 2014. 817 was born 4/12/18 and has a 70 lb actual BW and a 1.3 BW EPD. He is a flashy bull with great color and eye appeal. $2500
New Year’s Eve, this year has been a great year for us and New Year’s Eve is always a great time to look back and reflect on all the year’s accomplishments. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Sonny took a mini vacation for New Years on a Lake Cruise. Lots of fun. Ben, Anna, Kaine and I went to cousin Leslie’s show barn party. Ben helped Anna and Kaine do chores since Toni was gone. So King and Louie got the day off. Our second group of synchronized cows are due on the 1st, so we had a hand full of calves on the 31st.
On Tuesday Ben and I got all of the calves tagged and we did general work around the place. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen came back from their vacation. I worked on King and Louie. Wednesday Toni took a little break from work and took Kade and Jaxen and checked all of the horses. Everyone is doing good. A bunch of the mares look like they are getting ready to foal. The weather was fantastic so they all were feeling great. Toni was still working on Louie and King on Wednesday and Thursday.
Ben had to go back to work after being off for the month of December. With the extremely nice weather, Ben took it upon himself to doing fencing projects around the house for the month. Toni had to order him over 300 lag bolts by the time the month was up. He re-positioned the fence and gates going into Circle 4 so we would have better access to the new show shed, fixed the fence down the driveway, added a gate to the heifer pen that is big enough to drive through and reconfigured fence to water troughs. Ben kept himself super busy with fencing and cattle work over the month of December. And for a couple of those weeks he had Anna and Kaine to help. The wood fence also looks a ton better.
Kade started basketball practice again on Thursday since he plays AAU. Luckily Dad was able to take him to meet his ride and pick him up.
Friday Anna, Kaine, Kade and I had a busy day. We went and checked the cows, Anna got to drive. We cleaned out the barn, put new straw down and tied up the steers. Then the kids took down their calf shelter since we are bottle calf less and it was in their wash rack. Anna and I worked on King and Louie. Then Kaine and Kade helped me move some panels around in King and Louie’s pen. Anna, Kaine and Kade did the front chores while I worked on the foals some more. Toni rolled in late and we finished chores.
Saturday Anna went over to Connell and helped work on bulls that are going to Denver. Kade’s friend Tye was out. He moved away and his family was up visiting for the weekend. The three bigger boys had a great time playing, and sometimes Jaxsen played too. Ben and I tagged a couple of calves. Toni and dad put out grass straw for the horses and bulls. Toni also got Smokey ready to go as Smokey went to his new home on Saturday. We decided Saturday that Louie is done and we need to get Sally in to halter break. She is our LAST spring foal to halter break. We moved her over with King.
Sunday we finished tagging the calves and made a long heavy list for Toni and dad since they are taking over checking the cows. Then we weighed all of the steers that are in, I think they all weighed decent. We had to get Kade’s show heifer in, Dark Knight, from a few years ago, she wanted a clubby calf this year, so we had to put her back with her calf. We had to get Kaine’s cow in and pull her calf (actually Ben and Kicker did) and then at about 7 we had to get Pinda in and pull her calf too. So the nursery is full! Toni and Kicker worked on pulling down the majority of the old fence that we had replaced along the East side of the horse pasture. Not only did they get to pull out old barbed wire, but there were good posts to be pulled out too and stacked to be reused later. If anyone needs old barbed wire, we have quite a bit. If someone doesn’t come get it, we will put it in the metal bin at the end of the week. I started halter breaking Sally. Toni and I didn’t realize how tall she is, we think she is the perfect combination of Gunner and Strawberry. We are really excited to keep her.
2019 is upon us. The kids headed back to school today and we all went about our daily work. Currently we are experiencing perfect calving weather, but the forecast calls for snow. We can only hope that the mild weather will continue as the cows continue to calve and we start to get ready for foals.
Monday was the start to a hectic week. We found out midday Monday that Kaine had basketball practice, so I made a few calls, and found a ride home and Ben ran some clothes into him. So, he was not home to help with chores, but Coco was back for a week or two. So it was Toni, Anna, Coco and Kade. Monday also started out with a 2 hour school delay, so Dad ran the kids in. Tuesday was more of the same, with really icy conditions, but then it warmed up. Toni ran the kids to school on Tuesday. Tuesday basketball practice and carolers at Toni’s house. So Toni and Ben made hors d’oeuvres and we all went up there. Toni and Anna say that Dualin and Chips are doing awesome, Toni works on Dualin and Anna works on Chips. Wednesday was Kaine’s birthday, him and Anna got to start the day with dentist appts then Ben took them to iHop. Toni took Chips to the vet so she could get ready to go to her new home. Chips had never loaded before, or had her feet picked up, but Toni picked her feet up to get her in the trailer. She actually loaded really well and was great at the vet. Toni took Mom with her so that Mom could get Sam the puppy his puppy shots. Sam took the shots a lot worse than Chips. Wimpy German Shepard. Toni also went and got a couple of kittens that she felt she needed. They are big.
Thursday we had a troop meeting with Boy Scouts, it was Kaine’s last meeting, so he got a stocking hat and frosting beard. All our boys (including Aram) got badges. Then, as we left the church we saw a house so lighted up we were wondering if it was a house or a church. So we ran over and got pictures in front of it.
Friday, Toni’s little heifer had a backwards calf on her own. Those Stingray calves are little and vigorous. It seems like we are having about one calf a day, all of the AI calves from the first round are due today, so hopefully we have a whole bunch soon. We got all of the calves tagged and are ready for a new week. Then Toni and I worked on Chips and Dualin.
Saturday we worked outside most of the day. A coworker came and got some meat, we had to pull a calf, graft a calf, put Chips and Dualin back out, get Justified and Hollywood in. Toni and Anna both rode Buck. Lots of things to do in the mud. Also, we left Ollie and Riley in since they are easy to catch in an emergency, and they are out with the cows. So I just had Ben drive over and threw a halter on Ollie to get the cow in. He might rethink being easier to catch! But the sun was out, so no complaining.
Sunday morning the kids went with Leslie and Jolene Christmas shopping for us. Leslie started this tradition when the kids were young and they have loved it. The twins just got back from college and met them for lunch and went to a store or two with them. Toni got Chips back in and got her ready to load out. Toni and Kicker put out hay, it was so muddy that Toni got stuck a couple of times and had to be pushed out with the tractor. We got a delivery of hay so Ben unloaded hay. I ran to town and picked up a last minute Christmas present that Toni had ordered for me and got groceries, I would not recommend gong to Winco on Sunday afternoon, it was PACKED.
We also had Day 1 with Hollywood and Justified, they both did awesome. The Leroy foals have been great so far, very willing and smart and Justified is such a sweet boy. Then Toni and Jaxsen went to the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Christmas Party after chores. Kaine, Kade and I watched a movie and had hot coco (after feeding the calves of course). Stunning day here today. The sun is out, the wind is moderate. It looks and feels more like spring than a week before Christmas!
Monday it rained all day, but it was 37-40 degrees all day. Toni has been very busy with legal work, she has a big case coming up with two other attorneys that is very time consuming. Toni is NOT a procrastinator, and it seems like these other attorneys are, so it has caused a lot of stress. Some important things were due Monday AND she had court in the afternoon, so the kids did most of chores. It was almost dark when she got there so just worked with the foals.
Tuesday Big Iron went to his new home with Michelle and John and Magnum came home. Magnum was happy to see his sister Shotgun Sally. Toni moved Ruby across the driveway to be with Cattle Kate since that pen is slightly less muddy. It is a good thing that Cattle Kate is already sold, we would definitely be tempted to keep her, she is just so easy. Dad went to Basin City and got mineral Equine Sr for Double and Kool from Basin City Farm and Home. It is pretty sad when you have so many old horses that you buy Sr. feed by the pallet and not the bag. Jag was bored so she harassed Curly, Curly was not amused.
Wednesday only Kaine had scouts, Kade and Jaxsen got to go to the dentist instead. Their friend Aram transferred from the Othello scout group to the Connell one, so that was fun for them. They have the best scout leader, she gave them knives (she of course contacted all parent’s first and cleared it with them), and they learned how to whittle. Toni and Dad also found some time to haul six more mares out to winter pasture. We just have four left to haul out, but we have to get the whole herd in to sort them. They are the four that don’t want to leave very badly. Chips came in to investigate what Toni and Dad were doing, so they weaned her as she needed to be weaned anyway.
Thursday we went to a surprise birthday for our good friend’s daughter Grace, Grace is like another niece to us (as is her brother Kelten). Grace was the BIG 1 6 on Thursday. And, on the way to her house, one of her friends that was in front of her, hit a deer on Hendricks Rd, so Grace found out about the party when all of her friends were stopped behind the first car and she asked why they were all headed towards her house (none of the rest of them live out that way). Everyone was ok.
Friday I worked on the website and did some paperwork. Then, Anna’s friend Bella came out to ride, they rode Ollie and Slick after school, so I picked the kids up from school so they would have more time to ride since it gets dark so early. Then Bella and Anna cooked oatmeal bars and brownies and watched movies until Bella’s mom got done and was ready for her. The boys went up to Toni’s wand watched Dog Days, they say it is very good.
Saturday we moved the cows from pasture to the corn stalks. Toni and the kids rode, I was the ground crew, taking down fences, getting gates, etc. Ben and Kicker put hay and straw out with heavy heifers and put up a gate. Anna and I moved some steers around to make a heavy heifer pen, and put her heifer Amora in it. Dad and I put out the last two big bales that were at their house. Then we worked with the foals.
Sunday Ruby left with her youth, Sierra, and Cattle Kate when to her new home. We put up Christmas Decorations, moved new foals into the halter breaking pen, tied up the steers, put out big bales, repurposed pallets and tarps to make a calf house (Kade came up with the “repurposing”, I had other works for it and the other adult involved does not want to be mentioned, LOL), and lots of other fun stuff. With our heifers scheduled to start calving soon, we are now on heavy heifer watch.
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I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Some one needs to tell the turkey, ‘man, just be yourself.
I like to schedule my Dr visits first thing in the morning, so the Dr. is not behind yet. So first thing on Tuesday I had my skin Dr apt, I have already had one cancerous spot taken off, so I go in every 6 months for skin checks. So, I just want to remind everyone, to go in and have your spots checked out! We also have multiple cousins that have had to have spots removed. If you are out in the sun, wear a hat (we will give you one), and sunscreen, but also be preventative, go to the Dr. Also on Tuesday, Toni loaded out Freckles and Eagle, and both went merrily to their new homes. Christina (owner of thewildroan.com) even brought Toni a late bday present from her store, a beautiful pair of sterling silver earrings. Normal Tuesday evening, Toni and the kids did chores, Toni is working on the three new foals in the halter breaking pen. She slipped when she was working on Mario, but he is such a great colt he just stood there. Princess Peach was already halter broke, or never halter broke, depending on how you look at it. She just follows a person around, so one never knows for sure if they are really halter broke. All three of the foals have very different personalities, but we enjoy working with all types. The kids (minus Jaxsen) have their bottle calves to feed at night, since they never think they have enough projects and want to bring more animals home.
Wednesday the kids only had a half day of school so Toni went and picked them up and took them to lunch. Since I forgot to call the school, Kaine was put on the bus, so milkshakes were on me. My favorite twiners were on a SHORT break home from college so they brought a coffee to me. I think they like to come by and see how many pictures of them I have in my office. The answer is probably too many, I have been asked if I have two older kids (plus the 4 so a total of 6). I answer no, I only have two. Now with Savannah always hugging on Kaine I have pics of her all over too, so I was asking if she was my grandchild, NO, DO I LOOK OLD ENOUGH? The person just stared at me. I am taking that as a NO! But, back to the twins, we consider all of those girls family, even the older two. Haha. With a family like ours, loaded down with girls, what are 4 more? Wednesday Princess Peach went to her new home as Madison was home from college for Thanksgiving break. As they were loading her, they realized she had never been loaded before. The good news is that she is a pig, so the feed buck and some assistance got her in the trailer.
Thursday of course was Thanksgiving, dad invited Terry and Erina down so that was a lot of fun. We of course had prime rib, and a smoked turkey as a side. We don’t spend much time on dinner. Basically we eat it, watch the dog show, then get back out to do chores. We were all surprised the Whiskey the Whippet won Best in Show, not that Whiskey didn’t deserve to win, he was a cute dog. We did decide we could use them for coyote dogs if we had a pack?? Then, on to chores, chores wait for no one.
Friday Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen headed to Clarkston, for dinner, black Friday shopping and tree cutting. Anna, Kaine and I tied up the Spokane steers and the steers we have in for next year. We also went shed shopping to get a shed for all of our show tack (since Ben is tired of it being in his shed). Hopefully it gets delivered in the next couple of weeks. We also worked on Ruby and Mario. Then we met the twins, Marlo, Morgan, Joe, Leslie and Whitney for dinner and a movie in Connell. We went to the Pizza Station and went to see the Grinch. It was pretty good, and it is always great getting together with everyone. I do not know if Joe has ever watched the Grinch before, but he seemed to think it was pretty funny.
Saturday Mario went to live with his youth, Angelina. We felt they were a great fit and are very excited to see what their future holds. We tied the steers up again on Saturday, checked the cows and heifers, put Cole and Dualin in with Ruby, and worked on Ruby.
Sunday, we tied up the steers, moved the bulls down to the alfalfa field. Toni got home, so we got Strawberry in and weaned our last big foal, Sally, she is one of the ones we plan to keep. We still have the three little ones on their moms. We haltered Cole and worked on him and Ruby. We actually saw a bit of sunshine, but the rain is back today. The positive is that the temperature is in the 40s, meaning it is bearable. Toni and the kids plan to try and get more mares hauled out this week, but it might be a challenge. December is around the corner which is HUGE for us. We start calving in December and we could not be more excited to see our next crop of calves hit the ground.
Also on Sunday, Rachel Hamby, who is riding Friday down in Cali, sent us a picture and videos of her in a trail class. Kade seemed to think that he was going to get her now, but don’t worry, I filled him in that Friday has been mine since birth. I reminded him that he has Slick AND he claimed Charlie, our black yearling filly by Little Cielo. Toni and I are also fighting over who gets Shotgun Sally. Toni claimed Yo and Beebee, so I feel like it is my turn??
With the three foals getting hurt last week, we were a day behind on getting the next two foals haltered and getting halter broke. Luckily we only had one to get ready to ship. Monday afternoon the three older kids helped Toni halter Coco Bean and Sweet Annie. They were both little dolls. The kids petted on them and really loved on them for quite a while. So on top of normal chores, we are keeping the three injured foals in the barn at my house, so then we go there to work on those three. The two head wounds really don’t take much, but Lassie’s leg requires quite a bit of work every night. On Monday Barb came and got Golden. Golden loaded like a champ up a ramp into a 2 horse straight load. He has always had an old soul, so acted like a big horse. Monday was also Sonny’s last soccer match in Basin City. Per the norm he ran around a bunch and had way too much fun.
Tuesday and Wednesday were just normal days, if there is any such thing. The days were stunning so it was no hardship to get outside and enjoy this wonderful fall weather. Thursday was our Football Banquet, so Toni and the kids did chores and worked on the foals and I met them in there. Both Kade and Kaine were recognized along with their teams for a great season.
Thursday Toni and Coco went and got Jitterbug and Ladybug out of their pasture and brought them back to wean Jitter. Jitter had a small poke in her eye, so one more added to the doctoring pen.
Friday Toni, Kicker, Kade and Sonny went to Clarkston to visit the Meachams after school, for the weekend. Anna and Kaine went with the Borbas and Holts to the Middleton Pumpkin Patch, so I was left alone to do chores.
Saturday Anna and Ben went to load hay. Kaine and I went to our neighbor Dalton’s and got a couple of steers that will hopefully work as show steers next year. Then, we had Sandy and Ashley out to look and Rich, Jag and Mario. Ashley decided she wanted to buy Rich. Next, we went to a different neighbor Jacob’s to get another show steer for next year. Then, when we came back, Ben and Anna had unloaded all the hay so we moved the steers, bulls, show heifers and feeder calves all around so everything had enough bunk space. The kids and I then went to go and do chores. We also have a buyer looking at the colts that are left.
Sunday was baby Jax’s 8th bday. We started the morning with Jenifer coming to get Sweet Annie and she left to her new home. Then we got the calves in and sorted the show heifers off that had gotten in with them. We all went to a Halloween birthday party and came home to halter and start halter breaking Double the Fancy, Katana, Mocha, and Lassie. Jitterbug is also in the haltering pen, so lots of work to do!
Monday, Sonny had a soccer game so I worked on Golden and Flatliner on my own. Golden was golden, easiest colt. Flatliner was a normal Sissy, very smart and quick. Tuesday Toni worked on the foals on her own, the boys had their last football game, Kade played Royal and Kaine was Connell vs Connell. Also on Tuesday Anna got her braces off, very exciting. Wednesday we were both there to work on the foals and they did awesome. Thursday I went to Ranch and Home after work to get shavings for the Evergreen show, so Toni worked on them by herself. Toni always loves the Sissy foals, and she has always loved Golden. Both of them have met or exceeded expectations.
Big day Friday, we hauled into the Evergreen sale in the morning, we took one heifer, Lily. We got all set up and Toni came home to do chores and get the boys. Coco came to help her so Coco could do chores and work on the foals on Saturday. Kaine, Anna and I stayed there for the exhibitor meeting. Toni, Kade and Sonny made it back just in time to go to the banquet. Sonny likes to put his hand up during auctions. The good news is that the auctioneer has been friends of the family for years, so he did goad Sonny on, but didn’t accept the bid. We are considering leaving Sonny home for future auctions. Then in big news, our cousin Traci had her daughter, Kayla Marie, we can’t wait to meet her.
Saturday morning the kids had livestock judging, Jaxsen was second and Anna was third in the Jr Division. That means that they get gift cards for the sale. Then the sale started at 12:30. Our friend Meghan came and hung out with us there. She is not a good sale influence, we may have overspent a touch. But, we have some great show heifers for next year. Kade bought Lily back, so he gets to show her in the Evergreen shows; Kaine bought a really nice Insight daughter from Steve Jachetta at Castle Ride Cattle Company. We got Jaxsen a really nice May show heifer from Rusher’s 4R Ranch, Anna got their other May heifer. Both of them are by PF Counsel 643T 3514. Then Anna bought a January heifer by Musgrave Big Sky from Gayle Suksdorf of Willow Creek Angus and we also got a heifer for a 4H member from Gayle as well. Anna got a Daddy’s Money son from Aldersyde Farms for a show steer. That is a long list and we were only supposed to buy 3 heifers and a steer max. We also met a great family from E-burg that stalled with us on Saturday and Sunday. Keely is a great little helper and we look forward to having her with us at future shows.
Sunday was the big show. Ben hauled 7 more head in for the show that we had already entered. We also had invited the 4H kids to come, so we had Aram, Adrian, Bella and Nadia there helping and showing. The kids all did great. Anna’s new steer won his class, Kade’s heifer Lily was second in her class, and we had a lot of heifers in Lily’s class, so I don’t remember how they placed after Lily. Kaine was third with his new heifer, the two May heifers were third and fourth in their class. Anna was second and Aram was third in their class with the big heifers. Kaine was in the top 4 in the Jr Championship round. All of the kids showed awesome. It was really fun to have the four extra kids come and get extra showing time for next fair season.
Toni left at 1 on Sunday to go back and load up Flatliner. She came back to a catastrophe. For some reason some of the foals had gone over our no climb horse fence (that is 5 feet tall). We specifically had purchased and installed this type of fence as it was supposed to be safe for horses and foals. Let me assure you, it is not. We are pretty upset about what happened and that this fence completely failed. She had to rush three into the vet and Dr. Jacobs was nice enough to meet her in at at the Sagehill Vet Clinic in Othello. She got home at almost 9 that night.
Monday was Sonny’s last soccer match, so now all the boys are done with fall sports. No news yet if any of the four kids want to play winter sports. Golden left and the kids and Toni haltered the next two foals to get halter broke, Coco Bean and Sweet Annie. Hopefully they are as good to halter break as they were to halter. We will find out tonight!
I feel like we had too much fun this weekend to even put into words at the Evergreen Jackpot. Some great friends and relatives came and we all got to hang out, socialize and show cattle, and buy cattle, I almost forgot that part.
Then today, one of our favorites, Golden, left for his new home. And yesterday Flatliner headed out.