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August 23-29

Agriculture.com Staff 07/07/2010 @ 9:09am

The store is doing well and I am hopeful that it will continue to grow. I have started to get some special orders and ranchers asking about bulk pricing.

I have a lot of people that come in to compare my labels to what they have been feeding and my prices to what they have been paying. They are slowly returning to by feed. I know that I have a good product and I also have very competitive prices. I am rearranging things all the time and am adding new items as I can.

Shawn went to the mill Friday after his fuel run. I had customers there to take their feed right off the truck.

Our animals think that I have lost my mind feeding them at 6:30am. They all know that Annette is not a morning person so they look at me funny when I go out so early. The chickens haven't even layed their eggs yet so I take care of them in the evening or Shawn does it when he gets home. It stopped raining so chores are much easier to do now.

Shawn had Monday off so he helped me at the store and worked on odd jobs all day. There is always something for him to repair. He also had to fix our irrigation ditch this week. We got a phone call from a neighbor that there was a lot of water coming down the hill and washing him out. He wanted to know if Shawn could check it out. It is on our neighbor's property that we are renting from. I guess the ditch washed out and a whole lot of water was running down hill. It took the tractor and some creative thinking to get it fixed.

After having Monday off, Shawn had to work Saturday. Now he is hauling fuel and getting ready to cut hay. We also have to haul calves and a bull to the sale yard an hour away for the lady that we are buying our cows from. She has no way to get them there so we told her that we would do it. We worked on the store Sunday and then went to her house to talk about hauling them and when she wanted to go. She wants to sell them at the sale on Thursday.

Looks like the weather is going to stay nice for a while so Shawn is going to get ready to cut our second cutting. We will have Wayne rake and bale it in the bigger bales again. We will probably have to make another run to mill by the end of the week also.

Location: Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon

Business: Cattle, crops

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The store is doing well and I am hopeful that it will continue to grow. I have started to get some special orders and ranchers asking about bulk pricing.

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