Gearing up for calving season

Everyone from southern Ontario is asking me how the winter here is going. They’re concerned because their temperatures have been fluctuating from minus-20 to plus-10 C.
I replied that I’m concerned since we keep hearing this is the last of the cold snap but it is back down to minus-40. Oh well, it is winter, after all, and the days are getting longer!
Today is 10 days from my calving due date, so I will start getting up and checking cows at night now. I don’t think “Roxee” will be excited, though. She has been coming out at 10 p.m. to look things over but it took some convincing on Sunday night (she would prefer to just stay in and keep the bed warm).
I planned to get a few heifers in the barn Monday or Tuesday. This, in turn, will mean the time to work on some muscle-building with a good ol’ fashioned workout: fork, shovel, and wheelbarrow.
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Next Tuesday (Feb. 13) is national Agriculture Day! This is a day chosen to showcase all the amazing things that are happening in agriculture!
The goal also is to develop a closer connection with the consumer so they understand who and where their food comes from.
Many people make comments about getting their food at the local grocery store but have you thought beyond that? Who actually grew that food?
For us in the industry, it is important to show off our ag pride, celebrate the great industry we are in, and be a part of the food conversation. Not only on this day, but every day, please take a few moments when you’re picking up groceries or preparing supper to stop and think about where your food comes from!
We are working hard to develop a better relationship with our friends, family, and neighbours we are feeding so don’t be afraid to ask questions. We are an industry full of proud families that work hard to put clean, safe, reliable food on your tables and welcome talking about our passion of doing so.
Join in on the celebration! Visit AgDay.ca
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The Nor-West Animal Clinic in Fort Frances is hosting a cattle information night this Thursday (Feb. 8) at 7 p.m. at the Emo Legion.
Some of the topics they plan to discuss are pain management, calf scours, and coccidiosis.
They would appreciate that you R.S.V.P. by calling 274-7393.
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The Rainy River District 4-H leaders are hosting their annual meeting this Saturday night at the Emo Inn. There are rumours of close to 40 4-H steers at the Emo Fair this year, which could prove to be a problem not only with buyers but processing afterwards.
It’s definitely a topic that we will need to address.
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The weekly “Catch the Ace” draw is getting exciting now that the progressive pot is close to $8,500!
Last week we pulled David Kaemingh’s name but he didn’t find the ace. Rather, the envelope he chose contained the nine of spades, which won him more than $400.
Not sure if anyone has seen this but in The Pas, Man., their “Catch the Ace” draw is sitting at more than $500,000. People are lining up at 5 a.m. on Saturdays to get into their Legion to buy a ticket.
There only are five cards left in their lottery. But unlike ours, people have to be present to win.
There is another smaller town in Manitoba, Cypress River, that has a pot of more than $25,000.
Join in on the fun locally, with tickets available for $2 each at the Fort Frances Times, Badiuk Equipment, Dev-Lynne’s, Emo Inn, Rainy River Meats, Village Variety, Suzie’s Hairstyling, Norlund Oil, Tompkins Hardware, JD Junction, and Stratton Service.
You also can call me–I will find you a ticket!

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