Tackling one job at a time

This mild weather is pleasantly welcomed—at least by me.
I was hoping to get my cows moved into the yard earlier this week. My calving start date it supposed to be around Feb. 11, but plus or minus 10 days, so I feel more comfortable having them closer now.
I’m still battling whatever it is that I have going on, and walking to check my cows right now has been quite a workout for me. I have myself convinced that having fresh air is a must and surely this will pass one of these days.
It’s now three weeks since I started to feel rough and though I’ve made some improvements, I am far from normal (though you may argue I was never normal in the first place!)
Like everyone will tell you, having your health certainly is taken for granted. And once you’re not feeling yourself, you certainly long for the days that you have the energy to get your jobs done.
Normally I would have de-Christmas-ed by this point, and all my outdoor lights would be safely stowed into their containers, but this is not the case this year.
I’ve decided I will tackle one building at a time; that way I should get finished without wearing myself completely out.
I will start preparing calving and calf pens, as well, but again I will just have to do things in small steps.
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The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association hosted its annual meeting last Thursday night. We had a nice group of people show up to hear the updates from not only the committees in our district but also Gerald Rollins from the Beef Farmers of Ontario.
Our board is now set for 2016: Rey Chartier, Micha Gerber, Keith Caul, Rodger Irvine, Mark Husser, Jeff Woolsey, Jeff Pollard, Murray McDonald, Scott McNabb, Delton Martin, and Aaron Kuorikoski.
They will elect their chair and vice-chair at their first regular board meeting Feb. 10.
I am the advisory councillor for BFO and will continue to act as secretary in order for the RRCA so save some money.
Leanne Mose is our bookkeeper will James Gibson is our sales barn manager.
We look forward to a great year once again.
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The RRCA also hosted a WebEx on Saturday in conjunction with “Farm Smart” at the University of Guelph.
A group of local producers attended and were not disappointed with a wonderful agenda.
Of course, the highlight was hearing Temple Grandin speak—twice! Her “tell it like it is” approach was a delightful experience for all us.
There were more than 1,500 people participating at the University of Guelph and the eight WebEx locations across the north.
Another great speaker was Dr. Rex Crawford, a veterinarian who gave us some pointers in preparing for calving season.
Dr. Rex also is a farmer so his hands-on experience was shared and appreciated by us all (he also is a good friend of my vet cousin, Stacey).
Watch for this event again next year. It is well worth a Saturday and a wonderful opportunity for us all.
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The Rainy River District 4-H Leaders Association is hosting its annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in Stratton.
If you are interested in attending, let Wanda Heyens know A.S.A.P.

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