Long day at cattle sale on Saturday

Another cattle sale is behind us and I honestly can say it was a tough weekend. It seemed whatever could go wrong did–maybe even times two!
I finally crawled into my bed Sunday after 4 a.m. and I was still feeling it by Monday. Luckily, everything was fixed, solved, and moved when we left but it was a long time getting there.
Why you may be thinking? We don’t know–I guess we just were due for some challenges. We are so fortunate to have staff that are so dedicated and hang in there until the bitter end.
We ended up selling 1,597 head for $1,703,007.91 on Saturday. There was a bigger spread between heifers and steers, and I believe the market was a bit softer at this sale.
We have one more sale remaining, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 10. We are crossing our fingers for good weather and great prices!
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I was able to get on the land and chop off some of our remaining soybean crop last week, and my plan is to finish this week. It certainly was sticky but at least we were able to get on it.
I would have preferred to bale these plots but I thought making one pass on the wet land is much better than two with cutting and baling.
The deer really have been enjoying these blocks and have them beat up just like a bunch of cows would have.
Jenna and I also took the time to move around our equipment and get a few things winterized last week. The sun certainly was a welcome sight and made the job much more enjoyable.
We still are hoping for some time to work the land and get the soil samples finished. I guess time will tell.
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We suffered another loss at home on the farm when Maddie’s little bunny died. She was off all last week and I wasn’t sure what was going on. Alas, she died.
Maddie was sad but decided we just will have to try and make more bunnies next spring.
“Blaze” was an adorable bunny and, seriously, whoever has rabbit troubles?
I’m hoping all the animals’ troubles are behind us! “Roxee” is doing well but I’m afraid she is overdoing it. Meanwhile, I still am over-stressing about her anyway.
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We are heading to the Stratton sales barn tonight (Oct. 24) to review the Beef Code of Practice with Barry Potter (OMAFRA) and Dan Ferguson (BFO).
It will be a “lively” evening as many of you know how much spice Dan usually brings to any event.
Please join us at 7 p.m.
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Be sure to get your tickets for the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture’s annual meeting and entertainment A.S.A.P.
It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.
Tickets are available from any RRFA director or by calling Lisa Teeple at 487-2340.
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Please plan on attending the annual meeting of the Rainy River District Regional Abattoir on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Chapple municipal office.
It is important to have our membership come out to this meeting!
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Lastly, many of you belong to my “e-mail group” and I am happy to share things for others. I do not edit nor endorse what I am sharing–I’m just passing along what has been asked.
I have given everyone an option to be added to or taken off the list. I know many animals, equipment, and even farms have been sold through this list.
Though I think it has been a good thing, I’m strongly debating whether I will continue this service because I have had a few complaints.
As for now, just a reminder that I’m doing this for free, on my own, and I am not endorsing any of what I send.

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