Tuesday, August 8, 2017


I'd like to give an incredibly enthusiastic thank you to:

Wirth & Fedewa Construction & Miller's Redi-Mix for buying Ty's steer,

and to J C Electric for buying Cole's steer!

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The community support at the 4-H auction is truly heartwarming. Thank you so much!

We had a great week.  My sister just uploaded her pictures from when she was here and shared this one with me ... here's a behind the scenes of what washing a steer doesn't look like at all.  Clearly not a candid!

Here's really what it looks like, with my dad.  The kids did it too, of course.  We all got pretty good at it.  It's nice to see them all clean, trimmed, and spiffed up at the fair.  

Meanwhile on the farm ... it's dry.  The corn and alfalfa look so dry, even though we got a couple tenths of rain.  Around us they've had tons of rain, but we're still hoping for more here before harvest. 

Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fair Week

It's the 4-H Fair!  Kris and I both led cattle and had projects at our fairs, our siblings did, our parents did, our grandparents were leaders ... the connection is long and storied!  Until now our kids have just enjoyed attending the fair, but this year our twins had prospect beef steers.  They worked very hard on teaching them and leading them (way, way more than I ever remember working with my calf), and yesterday they showed them.  They were in showmanship and market, and they did well!  We're spending the rest of the week there taking care of them, and the auction is on Wednesday night.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the family members, friends, and 4-H people who helped us!

Meanwhile on the farm ... summer is quite the time.  Sentences like, "Seven calves were born before noon," "My phone battery died hours ago," "It's just one thing after another," are pretty much an every day type of thing.  Let's hope the month of August is boring and predictable ... and that someone invents a phone battery that actually lasts an entire day.

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