Cattle sale a success

Well, our last cattle sale of the season is mostly behind us!
The cattle are sold and gone but the book work lingers for a few days.
We sold 929 head on Saturday, which included a very popular donkey that many were trying to buy (she found a great home north of Devlin).
Calf prices have risen again since our sale at the beginning of October and I think we had some happy producers.
We had sales of $1,450,583.63, which averaged out to $1,561 per head across the board—including our popular donkey!
We are so fortunate to have a sales barn in our district and the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association should be commended on keeping it running through thick and thin.
It is a lot of work and there are not many community-owned sales barns around.
We do count on a lot of volunteer hours and despite everyone being busy, we still find the time to get things accomplished! We have a great bunch of staff that shows up and gives the barn their best effort to make things run smoother and without error.
We do pay our staff but it is minimum wages and long hours—and we certainly hope they know how much we appreciate them. There are many who never turn in their hours but never miss a day of sale and its long hours, hard work, and sometimes miserable conditions.
We also are very fortunate to have James Gibson as our sales barn manager. He works hard to keep the entire process and those involved happy.
And, of course, we wouldn’t be successful without the buyers! We not only have loyal local buyers, but those who travel in from both the east and west to come and bid on our “Rainy River Raised” animals.
Thank you to everyone–and we look forward to another successful year in 2016!
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I’ve been able to get some work accomplished in the field at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (it was the first time I have plowed in a cab since I was in school).
It is quite comfortable but I do miss hearing the plow rip through the soil, and I think I spend more time looking back to see that things are going well.
The ground was quite hard and our fancy new tractor is working pretty hard.
I have plenty to do yet so I’m hoping the weather co-operates and I can continue on. It has been a great time to realign our plots and it certainly makes me excited for our upcoming season.
Dave, one of my fall helpers, is busy cleaning soybeans now so we will have yields soon (well, when I’m plowing, I’m not working on data–but it is getting closer).
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Thank you to those who have taken the time to visit and donate to our gofundme.com/rrabattoir—it really is appreciated and I hope everyone knows just how much!
I need to give it a better effort and I will! Please visit our site at gofundme.com/rrabattoir
Thank you to the Fort Frances Times, West End Weekly, and B93.1 The Border for their articles and support!
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I look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday at the Stratton sales barn, where we will joined by the Nor-West Animal Clinic to look at dehorning and castration, as well as the use of pain mitigation.
We will start at 10 a.m. and plan to wrap things up by 1 p.m. so we all can head home to welcome the costumed trick-or-treaters that evening!
Everyone is welcome to attend.

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