Nipigon best cut-off point

As we all expected, the cold weather finally has found us—though it sounds like we still are better off than many other places, with heavy wind gusts hitting much of southern Ontario again.
Northern Ontario did make the news with the failure of the bridge over the Nipigon River. I was wondering how long the closure would last since cattle travel from the west to the east daily and they would have no alternative route (travelling through the U.S. would not be allowed).
One lane of traffic was open as of Monday morning but not sure how excited I would be about driving over it!
In the agriculture business, they talked about having West Hawk Lake as a cut-off point if a disease should occur in the west or east (i.e., travel would stop there).
Rainy River District was against this point since most of our cattle travel west. If a disease occurred in the east, our cattle would not be able to move to the west.
We pointed out on several occasions that Nipigon would be a much more appropriate point. I’m hoping now that they’ll see how this would make a lot more sense.
There is no alternative route and we are much more closely situated to the west.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in the bridge mishap and I hope the issues are solved safely, as well.
I was glad the news of the bridge hit the media, though–it seems as though things that happen in the north are so overlooked.
While 97,000 people in Northern Ontario were without power over Christmas, that didn’t seem to matter. But we certainly would have heard about it if it happened in or around Toronto.
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January is a busy month for the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association, starting with its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton.
This is your chance to come out and tell us what you like or don’t like about what we are doing.
If you are ready to take some time and volunteer with our board, as well, we would be happy to have you. But we don’t people to stay home just because you may not want to sit on the board.
We recognize this is not for everyone and you are welcome to say to no to a nomination.
Gerald Rollins, with the Beef Farmers of Ontario board, has been lined up as the guest speaker.
I look forward to seeing everyone for a great night of updates and future plans.
As well, the RRCA once again is hosting the Beef Symposium Web-Ex, which is held at the University of Guelph.
We are fortunate that they allow us to take part by sending us the link to sign on to view and participate in this meeting.
The agenda this year is top-notch. Temple Grandin is speaking twice and for most of us, this likely is the closest we will get to view her top-of-the-line performance.
Temple, who has autism, is a well-known “cattle whisperer.” She has designed many handling facilities and knows how to work cattle under low stress.
The day begins at 8 a.m. here in Emo and if you would like more information or to sign up, please get in touch with me.
The RRCA is sponsoring this event and I don’t think you will want to miss out!
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Just a quick thank you to all who have sent cards, e-mails, donations, food, and flowers in memory of “Nanny.” She would have been shocked and pleased by the large response to her passing.
Times like this sure make you appreciate what a great community we live and work in.

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