Can’t believe it’s already August

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the long weekend—even though I just cannot believe it already is August!
This was the first weekend in forever that I was home and was able to just be a farmer for the entire three days. Unfortunately, the weather changed for Monday and making hay wasn’t an option.
I’m finally into my last field but it’s a big one, so I will be tackling it for a few more days yet.
Over at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, meanwhile, we will be harvesting the second cut of our alfalfa plots this week. It has progressed quite nicely despite we were later cutting our first cut, as well.
Just a reminder that the critical cutting period is approaching for the northern regions (Aug. 10-15 until Sept. 10-15 is the time you shouldn’t cut!)
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As my friends constantly remind me, “It’s the same thing every year, Kimmie!”
I’m again feeling quite overwhelmed with the Emo Fair quickly approaching, the grass needs to be cut, and I’m still trying to finish haying. Since the weather turned on me Monday, I worked with our fair cattle.
Of course, the one cow I have in seems to be lame, so I sure hope we can straighten that up quickly.
Maddie and Marlee just came home from a camping trip with their parents—and Maddie is not impressed that we don’t have “Darma” and “Diamond” in preparing for the fair (“Diamond” was a late calf while “Darma,” battling mastitis, hasn’t done as well as the others).
I tried to explain this to Maddie, but she wasn’t happy with Auntie Kimmie at all. I know I’ve tried to always follow the principle: it’s not always about winning but being proud of what is yours!
Maddie seems to have picked this up already, as well. She told me, “I don’t care if I win a medal!”
Marlee, meantime, is happy since she plans to show “Dudley,” the bottle calf, though I’m afraid that since he is now so darn spoiled, he might be more of a challenge than she realizes.
We will see how it all plays out. And as I think about how much work it is, I do find myself wondering why we do this to ourselves?
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As mentioned, next week is Emo Fair Week—ugh!
On Monday (Aug. 12), the 4-H’ers with gather at 10 a.m. to clean up the food booth and exhibit hall. Then Wednesday (Aug. 14) is the barn set-up starting at 6:30 p.m. (we need lots of strong parents this night!)
Cattle can start entering the fairgrounds on Thursday (Aug. 15) but they must be there before 9 a.m. on Friday (Aug. 16). Cattle then are to stay on the grounds until after 5 p.m. on the Saturday (Aug. 17).
A reminder the annual 4-H steer auction is set for Saturday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m.
The 4-H’ers will gather again on Monday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. to clean out the barns and pick up garbage!
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The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association will hold its first fall cattle sale on Saturday, Aug. 24.
If you have any questions, contact Stratton sales barn manager Philip Krahn.

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