Bigger calves anticipated

Funny how minus-20 and minus-25 feels warm compared to minus-40 and minus-50!
No complaints but I will take some warmer days and nights!
I notice the cows mostly sleep on warmer nights. But when it was cold, they seemed to be up eating—trying to stay warm and likely keep their minds off the cold!
I am anticipating some bigger birth weights (cold weather in the last trimester usually means more feed intake and bigger birth weights!)
We will see.
Alas, my back is giving me trouble already—and I don’t even have a calf yet (I do wish I wasn’t starting off feeling like I was 80).
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Maddie and Marlee were out for a bit before hockey on the weekend. They have such busy schedules now it isn’t as easy to get our good ol’ “country time” in!
Once they helped get straw in all the calf pens, they had two choices to make—do a craft or make dog bones!
My boyfriend/partner received a dog bone-maker for Christmas (everyone knows how much he spoils his little princess, “Roxee”). It looks just like a waffle-maker only it makes bones!
The girls decided we should do this. So we read through all the recipes and they decided on the bacon bones.
We cooked away—letting them cool before “Roxee” was allowed to try them. The girls thought they looked and smelled so good that I actually think they enjoyed the new bones even more than “Roxee”!
As they packed up to head home, they took a Ziploc bag with the fresh dog bones for their Mom and Dad and friends to taste (one of these days I’m sure their parents are not going to let them come back to Auntie Kimmie’s!)
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The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. has some great opportunities for agricultural. They have a regional land clearing and tile drainage project, as well as individual agriculture ones.
You can get more information on the website. Or call Jane Gillon (274-5320) or Gary Sliworsky (482-1921) and they will point you in the right direction!
This is exciting news for agriculture.
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I’ve been slowly working on the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association’s website and Facebook page.
If you are a computer user, visit www.rainyrivercattlemensassociation.com (keep in mind it is a work in progress!)
And our Facebook page is Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association. It has been quite thrilling to see how many have “liked” us.
I am going to give it my best effort to make it exciting and entertaining.
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Congratulations to Nadine Gerula, who is the new president of the Rainy River District 4-H Association.
Krista Williams is our vice-president, Wanda Heyens is the secretary, and we are looking for a new body for the treasurer position.
Kim Desserre has continued on as the association rep.
It is nice to have a few new faces at the table!
4-H, to me, is still one of the most successful groups to teach, learn, and guide young kids in public-speaking, confidence-building, and the importance of networking.
Some of the most successful leaders in the world today have a 4-H background!

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