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July 26-August 1

Agriculture.com Staff 07/07/2010 @ 9:08am

I can't believe that it is August already. Summer just started and is almost over. Our temperature was in the mid to upper 90's all week and ended with thunder and lightning storms. Part of the county got rain on Sunday and some of us didn't. They are forecasting more storms with rain this week so we might get some moisture.

I worked off and on all week on my store. I finally got all of the walls scrubbed. When I wasn't down there I was at meetings or on the phone! Tuesday my feed supplier had me meet with him and another customer of his to talk about my ordering bulk feeds with him to get a better price. The meeting went great and they offered me the bulk feed sales for the whole county! I have to make calls to the customers and to the mill but the feed will be delivered right to the ranch and I won't have to handle it. Shawn even offered to be in charge of the bulk sales and visit the ranches. I also ordered my sign last week and will get it any day now!

We helped the Johnstons move 40 pairs from the neighbors below our hay field to the place that we are renting above us. We took them across the hay field, and they moved so nice, right along the fence like we hoped that they would, with no troubles. Using four-wheelers to move cows is getting much easier for me, I think! Now when they eat down the field that they are in, Shawn and I will move them to another one. There is enough grass to last them for at least a couple of months between all the fields.

Shawn drove truck Monday through Thursday and had a three-day weekend. He worked with the irrigation a lot. Monday he put the wheel line back together and got it moved, then the sprocket on the mover broke again on Friday. Always something breaking on that thing.

We met with the lady we are buying 10 head of bred cows from this fall to work out all of the details. We also explained that we didn't want the bull and why. He is a horned Hereford. A nice looking bull, but we don't want horned cattle and we want to buy an Angus bull. The cows are mostly Angus with a couple of black/white faced. We will get the cows after their calves are sold in early September.

On Sunday after taking care of the animals and irrigating, we decided to take a drive. We drove down to Troy, which is about an hour or a little more from us on the Grande Ronde River. It is a beautiful drive but a very narrow, curvy road that is in some places very steep. Troy is a very popular fishing spot but there weren't very many people there. I have a feeling that it was our last day off for a while. More work on the store this week with more meetings. The opening date has been moved to the 16th, so I have two weeks left to get everything done.

Location: Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon

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I can't believe that it is August already. Summer just started and is almost over. Our temperature was in the mid to upper 90's all week and ended with thunder and lightning storms. Part of the county got rain on Sunday and some of us didn't. They are forecasting more storms with rain this week so we might get some moisture.

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