Cattle prices decent at sale

Well, another busy weekend is in the books.
Our first cattle sale of the fall season was held Saturday at the Stratton sales barn, during which 631 head sold for $830,211.03.
Despite cattle prices lower than last year, we still saw some decent prices.
In fact, the auctioneer made a point of stating that we were on par with the west, then got quite excited when we were over the western prices.
Meanwhile, I took a few pictures and posted some of our larger groups and prices on Twitter at lunch time. And by the end of the sale, we had the rest of Ontario all stirred up.
Often I think we’re dismissed because we are a smaller, locally-owned barn but they all were talking about us on Saturday.
I had messages from the sales barn in Brussels, Ont. and the president of Beef Farmers of Ontario.
I told them all that we’re fortunate to have good cattle—and not only local buyers but ones from both the east and west.
Great job to our manager, James Gibson, who also is president of the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society. So he went from the Emo Fair to the sales barn and deserves a few days off now!
Our next cattle sale is set for Saturday, Oct. 1 and it will be a big one!

If you took the time to “Guess the Weight” or purchase a ticket on a $500 beef package at the Emo Fair (sponsored by the Rainy River Hereford Association), thank you!
The winner of the $500 beef package was Cindy Mason of Fort Frances. Meanwhile, we had three people correctly guess the weight the heifer (995 pounds) in Shirley McQuaker, Rey Chartier, and Mickey McKinnon!
The Rainy River Hereford Association also awards the annual Andy Carpenter Memorial Herdsman Award, which is voted on by the participants of the Open Beef Show.
This year’s winner was Katie Hay!

I reported by memory last week on the top 4-H showman–and my memory failed me.
Carenna Haw was our top showman, followed by Aaron Bujold. Sorry about this, Carenna!
This was only her second year showing so great job!
We also recognize the top third-place showman–in memory of Craig Advent—and this year the winner was Brandon Croswell.
The thank-you ad will be coming out this week with the 4-H members, their calves, and buyers.
Once again we thank everyone who supports our annual 4-H steer auction. And a big thanks to Lucas from Norlund Oil for sponsoring our 4-H heifer members, as well–and their generous gift of $100 to each member.

Gary Foster from Freedom 55 has totalled his earnings from his dunk booth, and the Rainy River District 4-H and Emo-Devlin-Barwick Minor Hockey Association are receiving $538.25 each.
Thank you to Gary for thinking of us!

We have most of our cereals combined now at the Emo Agricultural Research Station and it looks like I should be able to combine canola this week.
My summer students are finished now so I’m on my own at this point. There is plenty to do, and it will take me a day just to re-group and lay out a good list on what needs to be tackled first.
I find it so quiet for the first bit without the students! “Roxee” will have to start coming to work again, I think.

District students went back to school yesterday (Aug. 31). Where did summer go?
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to the long weekend coming up. I have lambs to wean, and maybe even do some of the painting I had planned to do at the beginning of summer.
Let me tell you I need to re-organize my house!

Be sure to mark Thursday, Sept. 15 on your calendar.
That’s the date for our abattoir annual meeting, and we really need to have our members come out and share some of their opinions!