Still tough to do chores

Well, the long month of January is behind us! Unfortunately, I missed most of it due to not feeling well.
I have improved but still not myself—and still very short of air. Not sure what I’ve got going on but I will be back in to see the doctor this week.
A person doesn’t realize how much they normally do until they are laid up and doing very little. I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time in my house since I moved here.
I’ve missed meetings and events, but I didn’t even care because I just wasn’t up to it. I do really care about my cows calving, however, and hope that every day I get stronger and it gets easier to breathe.
I am thankful to have quiet cows that are use to the routine but yet you still need to have strength to do chores!
My mom and dad are close, but I don’t expect them to be doing all my work! Fortunately, Marlee and my mom helped me get our calving pens ready so that was a job checked off the list.
This mild weather, though nice, makes for messier cattle yards but does cut some slack when you are worrying about calves being born outside.
Some of my friends have been telling me that they are seeing their calves come a bit earlier this year so that is on my mind, as well.
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A few of us attended a beef/dairy bio-security workshop this past week and it actually was one of the better workshops I have attended lately.
The veterinarian who was presenting did a great job with many real-life stories that we all could relate to. She actually works at the same clinic as Rebecca Cornell near London, Ont.
If you get a chance to attend this workshop, I would highly recommend it.
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The Rainy River Soil & Crop Improvement Association met last week but I wasn’t up to attending. It is unfortunate since we have some exciting plans and projects to organize.
We are considering doing a soybean challenge. We are thinking that any producer can participate but it also would excite non-growers, as well. We all would be interested in seeing who grows the top soybeans.
We also have thought about taking a look at some navy beans and hops. We would like to make use of some of our newly-tiled land both at the Emo Agricultural Research Station and on-farm.
Edible dry beans are a high-value crop and micro-breweries are popping up all over the place!
A reminder, as well, that Rainy River Soil & Crop memberships are now due. The cost is $25 ($28.25 with HST), which you can drop off with Jo Bragg.
Having a membership with this organization is quite important. This is the group that has a fleet of rental equipment available to everyone in our district and if you have a membership, you are eligible to reduced rental rates.
Manure spreader, land roller, rock rake, rock picker, weigh wagon . . . just to name a few pieces.
As well, this group plans and organizes the summer tour.
Without memberships, this stuff wouldn’t be possible so please take time to consider this.
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Clayton Teeple, Allan Teeple, and James Gibson will be representing the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association later this month at the Beef Farmers of Ontario’ annual meeting in Toronto.
It is a great meeting, and we are happy to have them travel down and represent us.
They will have a busy few days but get a lot of opportunity to promote all the great things about farming here in Rainy River District.

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