Getting ready for the fair

Emo Fair week has arrived. Though it might not be exactly like normal it has arrived. I still have big plans of at least making some entries for the exhibit hall. Marlee stayed out last night so she could work on some of her art and picture entries. We thought we would work late on things but by 10:30 p.m. we both crashed! I normally take the Emo Fair week off but because the girls are not taking their heifers, I will work most of it. As well, my one student Katie is off to school next week, so this is our last week as a team of three! We finished combining our barley and oats last week. We are planning to finish wheat and maybe even canola. We are concerned that our soybean trial is dying from lack of moisture but there isn’t much we can do about that. We are continuing to water our hops three times a week. On a year like this with no rain and extreme heat we likely should be watering every day, but we just don’t have the time. The truth is, there is nothing like a good rain shower.

I am feeding my cows a bale a day. They are cleaning it up pretty good. I do have some regrowth of grass coming in the fields, but it is short and sparse. Rain would help. I don’t want to put them out there too early because they will have it cleaned off in no time. I think I have been avoiding my decisions on what to do next, but I am going to have to smarten up and take care of business. I will have to purchase some hay, but I have been hoping to hear more details on the government announcements. I think we are closer to that now. It is really a heartwarming thing to see a bunch of volunteers down working at the sales barn when they are going through a major crisis at home. Not enough feed, some hauling water but they are putting in huge efforts to get our new place ready for our fall sales. Our first sale is booked for August 28th. We are going to do our best to make that happen. If you have any time at all we could certainly find a job for you. Just clean up around the place would be appreciated. We have an event at our Sales Barn on the August 25 with Minister Greg Rickford and a special guest. We hope that we can have things looking respectable.

I hope to see you at the Emo Fair! We have 25 4-H Steers to auction off on Saturday August 21 at 4:00 p.m. Following our steer auction, Telford will be selling off the #1 judged Rainy River District honey to the crowd. As well, be sure to get your tickets on the pontoon boat this weekend! The West End Lions group is donating all tickets sales this weekend to 4-H! This money will be heading towards us building a new food booth! Thank you for all the support and I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

As a side note (and yes, I am still sad), this will be the first time since I was 12 that I won’t have animals at the Fair. That’s 39 years! If we were having an open beef show I would still be there…