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Polled Hereford bull for sale by KT Small Town Kid 5051

KT 5051 Small Town Kid 004, “Bjorn,” is a fancy polled Hereford  bull by KT Small Town Kid 5051 and out of KT Ms Rusila 315T, who is a daughter of BVR Raftsman 028X ET. She is a great cow that the kids showed in 2014. KT Small Town Kid 5051 is a great combination of Calving Ease, phenotype and performance. He is best described as moderate-framed, square-made, soft-bodied with good feet and sound structure. He stacks a pedigree of breed greats with Hometown, Time’s A Wastin and Prospector. Bjorn has an actual BW of 80 lbs, BW EPD of 1.2, 51 WW and 80 YW EPD. He was born 1/17/20. $3,000

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Life on a ranch continues to move forward, even when time stops for a minute.

Monday was the first official day of Spring Break.  Anna checked Monday morning. Then her and Kaine caught the steers and fed them. Anna had a tennis match in College Place Monday, so dad had her at the bus by 1:15. Anna played in College Place and won her match, yea. Toni and the boys put up 5 sections of fence. When I got there I helped them move all of the vehicles out of Double’s pen and then Toni and I went and got Piper and Red Robin out of the alfalfa field, circle 6. Jackpot is in the middle of circle 6, and they want to be back in that pen. Then we fixed the fence and went home. Dad went and picked Anna up from school when she got back from her game. Kendel went down and harrowed circle 5 for a little while.

On Tuesday Anna had tennis practice at 9 in the morning, so her and Kaine got up early to tie up the steers and feed them. Our corn rolled in around 6:40, so Kaine showed the semi driver where to put it. Dad took Anna into practice. After practice Anna, Kaine and Kade clipped their three steers going to Pomeroy on Friday. Jax doesn’t have to show in Spokane as that is an “extra” show. The kids do make money, hypothetically, but there isn’t a decent profit margin at that show. They go more for the competition as it is the biggest cattle show in the Pacific NW.  Toni and the 4 kids finished the wood section of the old horse pen. Toni had a meeting in Othello, so she had to run. The three older kids left to go and feed their steers. Jaxsen and I went and checked the horses and cows in circle 5. After taking just Jaxsen with me, I now realize what a good passenger he is. He just talks the whole time, there is not need to participate in the conversation. Then I dropped him off at the house , picked up the dogs and  went to go down and get the poor cripped bull in, Bub was fighting with Biscuit and 848 and hurt his shoulder, so now we are down a bull. The dogs and I got up to the corral and then Ben, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen came down with the gooseneck and we hauled him up to the house.  He is now in Sagebug’s pen, so it is a good thing we didn’t move those panels out.

Wednesday Anna had a tennis game early in Wapato. So her and Ben caught the steers before we went to work and fed them. After the two hour drive, the other team didn’t show up so she did not even get to play. So she won anyway. Per the norm, we worked on fence Wednesday night.  Toni and the boys move the panels around so there are only green panels for the panel part. Some may not look green, but they were originally green, so that counts.  Then we took out the extra panels and called the first 2021 fencing project done. All by Wednesday, so efficient.  Toni thought that was early, so they started digging post holes and putting in posts for the second project. The next project is redoing a portion of the yearling colt pen. It is barbed wire and complete crap, so needs to be redone in wood.

Thursday dad and Jaxsen took a load of cows to Toppenish. The three older kids finished up clipping and packed the tack to put into the trailer. Kaine and Kade were supposed to pack the tack box on Wed while Anna was at her match, but they were informed that they didn’t do it correctly, or nicely, or something like that. So it had to be redone. They went down and did chores. Toni took them over and they put a couple more posts in on project 2. After that they went back up to my house to pack the trailer, since it was back and Ben had washed it out. When I got home I helped them finish up so we were ready to go on Friday.

Friday morning Anna and Ben got up and got everything fed, then Anna and I went out and checked the cows and horses. Kade got there and we got everything packed up in the trailer and then went over to Connell so Jay could help the kids finish up clipping, do some touch ups. We ran into town and got pizza for lunch, Jay was done about lunch time, so the we packed up, waited for dad to bring Toni over and headed to Pomeroy. We got there, got all of our stuff unpacked, steers weighed in, clothes into Kayla’s camper.  We had 3 boys and 3 big girls showing, with two little girls participating in pee wee. The steers all came out of the trailer really well considering they haven’t been anywhere.  Kayla and Yo came in and hung out with us for a bit, but it was an early night.

We were up half the night due to the howling winds. We woke up to wind, so we washed the steers in the wind. Then it rained, hailed and snowed, while the wind blew. Welcome to Pomeroy. Every year at this show the weather is crap.  Despite the wind and cold the kids all showed great. Anna got third in her class with Sundance Kid.   Anna, Kaine, Kade, Ady and Julian went back into the championship round in showmanship. Savannah and Kayla got to show in PeeWee. And Savannah picked out the grey/blue pig she wanted.  We were told there were 83 head of cattle at the show and 50 some pigs for the jackpot pig show going on at the same time. The show was great and we all had a great time. We got to see people and catch up. Then we loaded up and headed home. Ben and Kicker did chores for us both Friday and Saturday night, so we were VERY happy with them. Thanks guys.

                Early Sunday morning Colonel was messing around in his pen and caught a front leg on the fence breaking his leg.  We are so thankful that we had him the years we did and had him as part of our breeding program. We were able to keep some wonderful daughters out of him, and many of our friends have foals by him. Colonel was always a little different, but he loved his people.  2021 will be his last foal crop. 

After we took care of Colonel, we had to get a weekends worth of work done.  We caught all of the steers and heifers, and the kids washed everything and unpacked the trailer. Toni and I hauled Gunner and his mares back out to the desert. We got Lura in and worked her, moving her out with Gunner as well.  We put Bailey with Sagebug. We moved Bell to the heavy pen. 

Life on a ranch continues to move forward, even when time stops for a minute.  Our breeding program was stronger with the addition of Colonel, and with his daughters we will continue to build. 

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Some of the show pics from Saturday

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Toni has us all back to building fence

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For ranchers every season has its own challenges and rewards

Well, Monday on my way to work, I checked out the surroundings to make sure the wind did not blow any shed over, all shed looks good. So I texted Toni, shed are in place and Maggie foaled. So since Toni checks Monday, she ran down to get pics, Maggie had a cute dark palomino filly by Jackpot. Sonny the cow was acting like she was calving and Bailey had a brown or blue roan filly by King, our first King foal. Anna tried going to school, but Toni had to go and get her. I left the 5th message with the Dr, did not hear back by 10, called and left a message with her nurse. Toni went back out to check after picking up Anna, Sonny the cow had calved and her calf was big, pretty and dumb, so Sonny decided she wanted the bull calf from the night before, so Toni got her calf in and took it to the house to give colostrum. Then she looked down into Jackpot’s pen and could not see Chic, so she ran down there, she was sleeping. Toni was out of her bars, and it was 2, so she needed a lunch break. Kaine had a football game in Finley. Kade is hoping sports starts for the Elementary school, so he can get out of chores too. He literally does not care what sport it is, he would join the chess team if that was an option. Dad met me at work and we went to Finley to watch the game. Toni, Kicker, Ben and Kade did chores at the house, got Sonny in to nurse her calf, got the other bull calf back with his mom, Peanut was out in the alfalfa field, they got her in and got the fence fixed. Wow, what a Monday.

Tuesday morning was calm, nothing new. Anna had tennis practice after school, so dad ran her in. Toni is back to having the kids build fence after school. Dad got supplies Tuesday after dropping Anna off to tie the shed down better if we get another wind storm, or when we got another wind storm. So we put in more wood posts and clamped it down with plumbers tape. Which, in case you are wondering is like a metal zip tie type of a deal. When dad said he was getting plumbers tape I was kind of like ??

Wednesday was parent teacher conferences, all of the kids are doing great in school, no worries there. Toni took Anna to tennis practice and brought her home after her parent teacher conferences were over. It is really good that those conferences are a waste of time, that means the kids are doing great. I took Kaine and Anna to the burger factory after theirs.  Toni, Kade, and Jax were on their own for fence building.

Thursday, April Fools Day. Comet had a foal first thing, I stopped by and looked at her on my way by. Dad has claimed her, because she is bay, a filly and an original. He named her Comets Pepperbox, Pepperbox is a gun if you are wondering. Lura foaled later in the day, a black or blue roan filly, that is huge and Lura had her underneath of the circle. When I got home from work to help with chores Toni and the kids were putting in posts. So after we went back down to check on the filly. She had not nursed yet so we gave her some colostrum since it was getting dark. Also, Sonny and Jeanie came out on Thursday for cookies, and to look at the horses.  They then proceeded to swing by my house to see the kids, steers, pigs, and the new freezer. Mom went to tennis with Anna.

Friday morning the weather was pretty nice. Anna reported that Lura filly had nursed, or was nursing when she was out there checking. Toni, mom and the kids went to see Aunt Peggy and Uncle Tom, to go out to lunch for Peggy’s  birthday.  The kids were pretty rowdy, which translates to mean that Jax was being a pill. He actually said on the way home from the tri-cities, “Someone has to be the butthole in this family and no one else is stepping up.” And that sums up the lunch. Toni had to separate the kids after they got back for Jax’s safety. Anna had to get back for a tennis match, dad took her in and stayed to watch her match. It was a doubles  match and they were tied for most of it. Marlo, Kaine, Kade, Toni and I were putting up poles when Anna got there.  Toni, Kaine, and Kade had finished the weaning pen, there were 4 sections left, so that is the last 2020 project to get done. We got two sections of poles put up in the old mare area. This is the first 2021 project. Marlo came up and had dinner with us and then headed back.

Saturday Anna, Kaine and Kade caught all their heifers and steers and washed all of the ones going to April and May shows. Toni, Jaxsen and Kicker went down to mom and dads and Kicker got the alfalfa circle running. They used the case and move some branch piles around, dug some post holes, etc. Ben worked on circles up at our house and got them running. After lunch Toni and I went down to circle 5 and got Money and Bailey in and hauled them to the house. We moved Maggie out to the pasture and hauled Comet down to Gunner and Cleo back up to the house. Then Kade and I ran to Connell to get his Spokane steer and talk with Grandma. Toni, Anna, Kaine and Jaxsen did chores and then worked on the fence for the old mares. Then they went back to our house to feed steers, that is about the time Kade and I got back. As we were pulling down the driveway we saw Ben and Kicker bringing up cows from down below on the desert, I guess the cows decided the grass were too short and came home. So we locked them in the corral overnight to make sure everyone brought their baby with them and then turned them out.

Happy Easter Everyone. Ben and Anna went out and checked first thing. Then we went down to mom and dads to hunt eggs. Then Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen headed to Moses Lake to Travis and Stephanie’s house. Ben, Anna, Kaine and I headed home to cook the ham. Mom and Dad made potato salad and Lemon Raspberry cake and date bars. Terry and Erina drove down and had Easter dinner with us. After we ate Erina, mom, Anna and I drove around and checked horses. Then everyone went home and we went down and finished the old horse pen, with panels, we are going to change on the bottom to poles as time allows, and put Kool, Smoke and Katie and Rocky the bull in the old horse pen.

It is interesting to compare the noises of winter versus the sounds of spring. We have water in the canals, irrigation circles and pumps running, people driving all over. For ranchers every season has its own challenges and rewards. You wouldn’t think seeing water in a ditch would be beautiful, but when you have no other source of water, it is.

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Last Week in Pictures

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#FridayFunday with the babies

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Last Week in Pictures

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Spring break is just around the corner. Toni is hoping to get a couple of fencing projects done with the kids while they are home.

Well, it is Monday again, the weekend was so busy I don’t even know where it went. The dogs are all depressed that all the kids are in school today. Toni checked and Shiny foaled, Anna claims Shiny, since both were babies, and this is Shiny’s first filly. Anna has been waiting for Shiny to foal for a month now, yes, for the last month every day when she goes out she says she is heavy. Ann had her first day of tennis practice after school and then a FFA Creed competition on Zoom, so she did not get to see her foal on Monday. LOL, I feel like that LOL might have been slightly evil. Toni started Kade and Jaxsen fence building again after school, they are hoping sports at the elementary school start soon, so Toni can do it on her own. Kade at least has basketball Tuesday and Thursdays at 6:30. So she can only keep him so long those days.

Tuesday Kade and Jaxsen went to school. Mom, Dad and Anna took Susie into Othello to get clipped, Susie is mom’s little dog, and they went to lunch. Mom and Anna had planned it when dad was working, but he is off for a few days, so he tagged along.  They didn’t take Kaine, so I guess it was a girls trip with Dad? When they got back from Othello there was a guy at the house wanting to look at horses, so dad called Toni and Toni took him around to see all of the foals. He really liked Fancy’s colt. Dad took Anna and Kaine to tennis practice, and Kaine’s game, and then went back to get mom for the game. Marlo and I met them there. Dad, Luis and Kelten were recruited to run chains. The game was really good and Connell beat Royal. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen did chores and worked on more fence. Toni took Kade to basketball, and continued to build fence until it was time to pick him up. Ben was home late from work, because they got their crop plan. Kicker did the cattle chores, and then went out to pick up more posts that were still out in the corn field, there were still some around the ponds. Ben got home and got the bulls in to go in to get semen tested on Wednesday. Also, Kicker went and got the suction pipe from Othello welding on Wednesday. This one is way heavier than the old one. After Kicker was done picking up posts, he went to put on the suction pipe, since it was so heavy, Toni and Kade stopped to help him. They ended up hooking Toni’s tow strap to it and pulling it with her pick-up. Then for the last 4-5 inches, Kade, Kicker, and Toni used all the muscle they had to push it into place. Toni wanted to tap out, but they got it done. Yes, Jaxsen was there, but he was busy reading his book in the pickup.

Wednesday was another busy day. Ben took 7 bulls in to get semen tested with Sheena at Sagehill vet, and Scrat, the big Hereford bull, to get trich tested, because a random cow from down the road jumped in with him. Billy from TLC came out and butchered Disappointment 1 & 2, two steers that were supposed to go to Spokane but would not tame down enough to go to a show.  Disappointment 1 & 2 are the reason we got Tulip the donkey. They were so bad that even Ben and Kicker called it quits with them. One of the bad things about club calves is they can be weird and wild. And a weird wild combo is no good. Dad took Anna to practice, and then went and picked them up, Kaine did not have practice since they won on Tuesday.

Thursday Twiggy had a cute chestnut filly by Dude. The twins, McCall and McKenna, named her Quinn. Dad and Toni fixed some fence on Thursday. Anna started having stomach pain on Thursday, so dad went and got her from school. Dad took Kade, Totie and Abril to their last basketball practice.