Baby lambs are just so cute

Well, I was greeted Monday morning by the cutest little baa baa.
That’s right, we had lambs! “Daisee” gave birth to twins—a boy and a girl—and they are the most precious little things you ever did see.
I was expecting them next weekend, so I was almost nervous to look in the sheep house when I heard the soft little voice. Fortunately, both were standing up and followed mom outside, where she was anxious for her grain.
I took them into the barn and separated the moms, but “Clover” is devastated to not be with her friend. I will put them back together once we are sure the babies are nursing and strong.
It was great that the girls were still in the country, so I called them at grandma’s and said they had better rush over.
Maddie is pleased as these are her babies but Marlee thought “Clover” was giving her a headache and making her sad cause she was so loud from being separated from “Daisee.”
Meanwhile, the great debate on names already has started, so I might have to report back next week on that.
It sure seems different helping a little lamb nurse when you are use to a 100-pound calf! I honestly cannot describe how cute they are.
I haven’t been around lambs for more than 20 years now; I guess I forgot how adorable they are.
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Linda Armstrong, the Member Services co-ordinator for the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture, called to let me know they are planning to hold an all-candidates’ meeting on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton.
Please come out to learn how agriculture and rural life fits into each of these parties leading up to the May 2 federal election.
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I was back into Thunder Bay last week so participate in the regional meeting of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association. Of course, much of time was spent talking about the new Business Rick Management Insurance Program that has just been approved provincially.
It is now the time to seek federal support, and this will be a great insurance program for beef and pork producers.
Another topic we spent some time on was “Check-Off.” Currently if you are selling your cattle privately, it is up to you, as the producer, to submit check-off to the OCA.
But many producers across the province don’t feel this is being regulated fairly and not enough producers are submitting these funds.
Once national check-off is passed, this problem will be corrected as the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has the power of enforcement.
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I caught the tail end of the Thunder Bay spring conference while I was in the Lakehead. They had an excellent turn-out, with the room filled with Thunder Bay producers.
The trade show looked great, and hats off to the committee that took the time to plan and organize, as well as the producers who took the time to attend.
It’s unfortunate that we no longer have our spring ag days. I’ve often wondered if we planned for something in the fall, if it would be better attended?
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This is cattle sale week, with the first cattle sale of the year is set to go this Saturday (April 16) at the Stratton sales barn.
Despite the continual efforts to undermine the sales barn, we are ready to go. We are not charging double to sell cattle, and the sales are not cancelled.
Our income source is the cattle sales so we are not trying to turn people away by charging double–the fees are the same as last year.
It certainly is true that we are struggling financially, but with a good board and successful cattle sales, we will see this through. But please, when you have doubts and hear these rumours, give Clayton a call or anyone else who is on the board.
We have nothing to hide and certainly will clear the air about some of these untrue stories.

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