Lots of bookwork to catch up with

Here we are—already the middle of January! Time sure does go fast.
I should be calving in one month so I need to get myself organized, stuff in place, and supplies ordered.
My cows still are living quite contently in the bush and have been much happier these past few days since we seemed to have moved out of the deep freeze (I hope that’s the end of the cold weather for this winter!)
I was telling a friend the other day that the cattle, rabbits, sheep, tractor, and water (never mind myself) all were in a better mood now that the weather has improved.
Funny how minus-20 seems balmy!
As much as many think this is a less busy time of the year, the animals tend to require more care. And if you are one of us who still calve in the winter months, they require a whole lot more care!
This also is the time of year we tend to try getting caught up on the hours of bookwork that we have! Working for yourself does not mean less bookwork!
It also is the time of year that everything is due—and everyone is looking for money.
Annual renewals and insurance, and, of course, many are booking seed/fertilizer in anticipation of the growing season ahead.
I am a small farm compared to many but I just cannot believe how much paperwork I have. It does seem as though it becomes more and more every year!
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A beef symposium is being held this Saturday in Guelph. Obviously, most of us cannot travel to participate but organizers have agreed to allow us to participate with a Webex.
If you are interested in joining us, please let me know! The topics look wonderful and it is a great way to be a part of this and still stay within our district.
I’m still trying to work on the details on locations, but get in touch with me and I’ll be sure to give you the updated information.
If you would like to see a copy of the agenda, I would be happy to send it to you, as well. They have some great speakers lined up.
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The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton.
We often have been known to have the coldest weather for our meeting but let’s hope that is behind us this year.
The agenda includes a minor constitution change, updates from other committees, Arden Schneckenburger from the board of Beef Farmers of Ontario, and Barry Potter, who will talk about “handling your cows the happy way!”
I think that topic should bring all of us producers out!
Of course, we also will have elections to the board but don’t let that scare you away!
We always are looking for suggestions and comments—it is helpful to hear from the entire membership.
Rainy River Meats is sponsoring the coffee break so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone next Thursday!

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