Time certainly ticks away

Well, February is now a wrap. Time certainly ticks away.
The last couple of weeks, I haven’t been real sure of what day it is anyway. I’m starting to look forward to more normal sleep, though that likely won’t happen for another week or so.
I’ve been really watching the calves closely for scours since our weather wasn’t the greatest for young calves last week (it takes a few days to see the effects).
It can be a very frustrating to work hard getting them on the ground, only to end up with a bunch of sick calves.
Meanwhile, I’m hoping the weather stays as it is. It makes for a much nicer environment for all of us.
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Our annual 4-H Awards Night goes this Friday (March 3) at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.
It is a great night to honour our 4-H members and volunteers. For those of you who purchased a 4-H steer, we welcome you to join us, as well.
Please contact Wanda Heyens to confirm you attendance.
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Our grain marketing workshop held last week was a success (we had 26 people attend).
Jim and J.P. from Richardson are excited to work with Rainy River District producers if they so choose. Richardson is a long-standing family-owned company that are very sincere about working with grassroot farmers.
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The Rainy River Community Pasture Committee is accepting applications for the upcoming grazing season.
If you are in need of an application package, contact Bernice at 275-5730 or via e-mail at berniceemo@gmail.com
The committee has been working hard lately to develop a constitution. One area that this will improve is the term length for the directors.
Mark Husser has been on the board for more than 25 years. Though we appreciate his years of service, it is only fair to allow everyone a break.
There also is a chance we will see a project on our community pasture. We have few details but NOFIA is putting together a project that may run at both our pasture and the New Liskeard one.
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We are pleased to be organizing a Rainy River District “Ag Day” for Saturday, April 1 at the Emo Legion.
Coffee will be ready for 9 a.m., and the program will run from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. We also will be hosting a mini-trade show.
The agenda is not completely confirmed but once it is, we certainly will be spreading the word.
One of the confirmed speakers is bringing along their heat-sensing equipment that can be used in a barn to detect potential hotspots.
There have been too many barn fires and we have people working very hard to help reduce these numbers.
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For any of you who use Twitter, this week I’m hosting the Farms of Canada account and I’ll have the opportunity to promote farming in Northwestern Ontario.
I just hope I don’t get too busy and forget to post!
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So in between my barn times, I’ve been working to get caught up on other bookwork. I decided to apply for some grant dollars for the Stratton sales barn.
I started the application last week and worked on it for a few hours. Of course, I got busy with calves and didn’t get back to it for a couple of days.
It needed to be in by yesterday so I went to finish it up–and I couldn’t find it anywhere on my computer (it turns out it is in some hidden file on my computer).
I spent two hours trying to retrieve it before finally giving up and starting all over again. You can bet I wasn’t impressed.
Crossing my fingers it will be accepted.

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