March Break fun enjoyed by all

Well, March Break is over and the weather really wasn’t so bad for everyone to get outside and enjoy some fresh air.
The sun feels so incredible at this time of the year.
I was fortunate to spend a good part of the March Break with some kids. Maddie and Marlee were out and they had their cousin along. As well, the twins from Dryden and some neighbour kids all were gathering and enjoying country life at its best.
From farming to sliding to crafting (you name it), it seemed like we all had a good time.
Alas, reality has set back in now as the kids are back to school and I have to fit my off-farm job into my farm job. I guess all good things have to come to an end.
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It is great to see the snow shrinking and when it disappears slowly, it certainly provides us with more benefit. The cool nights sure help to dry things up.
I think I’ll have to take some time off from complaining about the weather, though. Farmers in Nebraska had herds of cattle wash away from devastating floods while in South Dakota, they were trying to dig out of massive snowstorms.
I just cannot imagine it all. Reading and watching this is truly devastating and reminds me of how lucky we are to live here.
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This Saturday is our workbee at the abattoir. If you are able to come out and give us a hand to make some changes, it would be greatly appreciated.
We regularly are audited and things have been pointed out that they would like improved.
We recently were contacted on the abattoir’s Facebook page about the possibility of slaughtering some chickens this summer. The person was not happy with our price and went on to tell me how he cannot believe we are ripping off the farmers and how we must be making “so much money!”
I just keep thinking, “You have no clue!” Wouldn’t it be something if we could afford to have someone come and do the work that is needed but the farmers own this building and we have to look after it or we won’t have it at all!
I know you shouldn’t let this stuff get to you but when you are making every effort to keep the place running, comments such as this are hard to overlook.
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April is lining up to be quite a busy month! On Saturday, April 6, the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture is hosting its spring “Ag Day” and trade show.
Stay tuned for the agenda as I’m sure they will have it released soon.
It is being held in Barwick this year so organizers can host the trade show and speakers all at the same time.
Kingsford Veterinary Services, meanwhile, is hosting an information night on Thursday, April 11 starting at 6 p.m. at the Emo Legion.
A reminder that Emo’s annual “Spring Fever Days” will take place on April 12-13 this year. Be sure to watch for the abattoir volunteers to be hosting at barbecue and some sort of fun-filled event at Rainy River Meats.
Finally, our first cattle sale of the year will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the Stratton sales barn.
So here we go–off to another year of good times in agriculture here in Rainy River District!

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