4-H ‘fun day’ enjoyed by all

The Emo Beef Club held its annual “fun day” on Sunday at Tony and Penny Flatt’s farm.
A huge thank-you to Tony and Penny for allowing us to take over their entire farm and practice with our animals, as well as enjoy a great pot-luck meal. Tony and Penny are young farmers who are building themselves a beautiful farm and should be very proud of all that they have.
Our 4-H kids, meanwhile, did a great job with all their calves and have been working very hard over the summer with their projects (it was extremely hot on Sunday so we didn’t push anyone too hard).
We are very fortunate to have Meredith Croswell as a 4-H mama. She once again took photos of our club that we will use in our display for the fall fair.
We had close to 50 people at our “fun day.” It is great to have parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles out to support our 4-H members.
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I probably shouldn’t admit this but I actually got the tractor and discbine stuck while cutting hay over the weekend (I’ve been stuck before but never cutting hay!)
It’s difficult to see what is on the ground when the hay is high. And of course, I was right beside the road when it happened–but fortunately no one really saw me.
I quickly called my dad and he came to rescue me. That was a bit scary, as well, but I was out and back cutting pretty quickly.
The water holes are wet and the buffer strips we have to leave beside the water holes are big. So don’t ever kid yourself–we are far from dry here. If we only had a way to send some moisture to the dry parts in the west.
This normally is the time we like to build our cow herds—and we need to build our cow herds. But the west is in serious trouble with little pasture and hay. Many have planted some emergency-type crops but even those are lacking because of the conditions.
Let’s hope they get some moisture and sooner rather than later.
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I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the Emo Agricultural Research Station’s annual open house today (July 29) at 7 p.m.
I’m counting on many of you to come and visit with our special guests from other parts of the province and Minnesota.
The NOFIA group will be at the open house and also are looking forward to meeting with a few agriculture reps tomorrow (July 30) from 10-11 a.m. at the Emo Inn.
They are organizing an “information hub” for the north, which will be used for all kinds of neat things like contacts, hay listings, land listings, etc.
I’m hoping I can count on a few of our leaders to show up for that quick hour to give input and suggestions.
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Last week, I forgot to mention some great and exciting news! One of my favourite young farmers–“Big Joe” (Joey Sletmoen)—got engaged on his birthday (July 17).
We are all very excited for him and Melissa.
We all know that I’ve been advertising for a nice farm girlfriend for Joey for a few years now and thankfully he successfully found himself a keeper.
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Finally, I want to express my deepest sympathy to the Romyn family on the tragic loss of their son and brother, Tyson.
My heart is aching for them and there are no words that can dull the huge pain they are going through. I wish you better days but do realize it is hard to think of a better day with all the hurt you are going through.
We live in a great community and I know we will support you in any way necessary.

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