Wrapping up fall project

I’ve finished plowing here at Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS).
What a good feeling! It seemed to take forever near the end, but I’m still amazed I finished without too many layers of clothes!
Now this week we will be concentrating on our bio-mass grass harvest.
We spent a fair bit of time last week chatting with staff at the ag station in New Liskeard to co-ordinate the miscanthus harvest since it is the first time we will be harvesting it.
It has an incredibly tough stem so we had to purchase a hedge trimmer. I’m excited about using the hedge trimmer—it almost will be like a running a power saw (which I am not allowed to do at home).
As well, we still are working on cleaning canola but we are nearing the end!
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I attended the “Skills Work! for Women” networking and mentoring dinner this past Thursday evening, although I arrived late (not that great of a mentor!)
It is a night to encourage young women to take a look at some of the trades that are out there, and the need to know that trades are not only for men!
It is nice to visit with some young people who are in such a fun stage of their life! Going off to college or university—it doesn’t get much better than that.
In agriculture, there are more and more women taking the lead role since men have gone off to work and the women are at home running the place.
If and when the mine is running in our district, we are going to see an increase in housing, etc., so it might be a great time to get yourself a trade and become part of building the needed infrastructure.
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The final cattle sale of the year was held Saturday at the Stratton sales barn and it was very successful once again.
Murray and Margie Gemmell dispersed their cow herd. They have sold their farm and are planning to move down east, where Margie is originally from.
I wish them all the best but also hope they return some day—we don’t want people leaving our district!
Meanwhile, Maddie and Marlee really like going to the cattle sales, so they arranged for Grandma to bring them down.
I hope they get to experience working at the sales barn like I did (I even missed school a few times!) When they went home, they wanted to go over to my place to look for their animals, so maybe they want to go to the sale to make sure I’m not selling their animals!
Thanks to everyone who supported our sales barn this year, we appreciate everyone who sells, buys, works and donates!
We had a successful year and we look forward to many more.
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Despite not being all that late at the sale on Saturday night, I still find myself moving slowly the day after.
The staff that does all the running and chasing cattle are likely a lot worse than me, but I guess using your brain all day is hard on a person.
I was able to do a bunch of small jobs at least at home (getting the water systems all ready for colder weather was one of them).
Sometimes by now you need to have full heat on. But since the temperatures are staying decent, I’m getting away with the heat off a light bulb.
I finished Ivomecing the cattle (and Ivomeced myself at the same time). I still have to get the sheep and horse de-wormed but since there are less of them, it doesn’t seem like such a big task.
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I saw a very big wolf this past week. I hope he isn’t hanging around because I think he could eat all my sheep and still be hungry!
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The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture is hosting its annual meeting and dinner this Saturday (Nov. 5) at 6 p.m. at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.
Tickets are available from any of the RRFA directors.
I hope you will consider joining them—it’s a great time to get together and chat about 2011 and what a great year it has been!

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