Scrambling to get my data ready for meeting

Well, another beautiful week here in Rainy River District.
I keep hearing rumours of a colder, drier winter, so it seems we might have to pay for our good weather of late.
I still can’t believe it’s November, but I think it is just because the weather feels like early October.
I tried to do my bit of plowing last week, but it was just too wet in my green manure trial so I am going to try it again this week.
Lots of time at this time of the year, you can at least get out in the morning on the frost, but we don’t always have frost.
Fortunately, it isn’t a big area so I am hoping I can finish it up.
I’m also trying to re-arrange equipment so everything is inside for the winter. But with our new equipment additions this year, it is a bit more challenging.
And I continue to summarize my data. The Rainy River Soil and Crop Association has chosen an early date for their annual meeting (Nov. 24) so I need to have it ready to present to them.
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I finally was able to finish getting my cattle trailer cleaned out over the weekend.
It was a job that kept getting bumped, and it does take a good chunk of time to clean out the messiness of cows!
I’m always ashamed of myself when my cattle trailer is dirty (and I’m always worried that Keith Caul might see it–his trailer is spotless).
I ended up washing my truck, too (this could trigger rain). I take a lot of flack about my truck being dirty all the time but a majority of my drive to work is all gravel and even a sprinkle of rain ends up making your truck look pretty dirty.
I never wash my truck during haying season because like I said, I normally trigger rain!
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Maddie and Marlee were out helping me do some farm chores Saturday morning. We ended up getting some heat on in the water bowls, well house, etc.
I thought I best get things turned on low so that I don’t wake up one morning with a frozen mess.
We also fed the cows and calves. It took a fair amount of time, and we ended up with quite a little fist fight in the small confinement of the tractor cab.
I threatened to leave them in the bush, but they didn’t even blink an eye–their response was, “You wouldn’t leave us here, Auntie Kimmie!”
I have been teaching Maddie and Marlee how to drive. Obviously they are not able to reach the gas or brake pedal yet, but I let them use the steering wheel.
Maddie told her mom and dad that she was just gonna get Auntie Kimmie to get her a licence and she was gonna be able to drive herself out and hunt!
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Last week I mentioned age verifying, but I forgot to mention another important fact. Age verifying could make you have a $1,000 or $1,200 cow versus a $400 or $500 one.
For example, my friend was taking a cow to the abattoir last week. He was planning to sell her as hamburger but they questioned how old she was (before she was off the trailer).
So we did a quick birthdate check by punching her RFID number into the CCIA website. Turns out she was 32 months old and escaped being burger and now likely will just be cull cow value.
Take the time to age verify–it does benefit the value of your animal.
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Happy birthday to my almost stepson, who is 17 today!
As well, Grandma Stang is celebrating her birthday along with my longtime friend (since DYS), Nancy!

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