Ready to get back on track

And here we go . . . back to normal! The first full week of work for 2019.
It was a snowy start to the week but it sounds like Thunder Bay was hit harder. No complaints on my end although the snow we did get was heavy so be careful shovelling.
I am ready to get back on track this week. I have a big list of jobs and now have to be better organized with my time. I’m aiming to stick tight to my plan of not letting myself get behind.
Unfortunately, I’m sure I will be good with that this month but next month, once calving season begins, it likely will be a different thing.
It is still Christmas at my house. Monday was Ukrainian Christmas so I never take things down before that. I likely will plug away at that this week but I enjoy it so I’m never in a big rush.
The first year for an artificial tree has been successful–other than “Black Bettie” (my indoor rabbit) has removed a few lower branches.
She is over that now, though. I’m trying to keep a fresh piece of poplar for her to chew on (and she does) but she always seems to find something as enjoyable throughout the house.
“Roxee” is embarrassed when “Black Bettie” misbehaves and really hates if we raise our voices at her.
I’m telling you it is cheap entertainment.
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I will have to bring my cows into the yard this weekend as all my first-calving heifers need to have their booster shot for the scour vaccine.
Instead of trying to chase them home, though, I likely will just feed them in the yard.
My due date is Feb. 15 so I most likely will let them go back to the bush until the end of the month.
They have a beautiful spot right now–with plenty of good shelter. They also are walking home for water so I feel they are in pretty great shape right now.
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I’m working on a few events these days. The Beef Symposium that takes place on Jan. 19 at the University of Guelph, which is offering us the chance to join in via WebEx.
As such, I’m looking for names if you are interested in taking part. If you are interested or would like more details, let me know. If you are on my e-mail list, I have sent a few e-mails regarding this.
Meanwhile, grazing expert Steve Kenyon is offering to come to Rainy River District again sometime in March. I need to know if there is an interest in having him come and speak.
Let me know and we can make this happen, as well.
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Rick Wright from Heartland Livestock (and currently our auctioneer at the Stratton sales barn) has agreed to attend the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association’s annual meeting being held next Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton.
He is going to talk about what buyers are looking for in our cattle.
We are excited to have him join us so plan on attending–and bring a friend! We don’t think you will be disappointed.

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