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December 20, 2004 - January 9, 2005Gearing up for calving

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

Here, cows from the Rocking Eleven Ranch are moved across the highway and through the town of Lostine to the pasture where they will calve. The building that you see is right across the road from my store. I could see everyone go by out the window! (Pam Lathrop took the photo.)

Happy New Year! We ended 2004 and started 2005 very quietly. Not the normal for us. We are usually with a crowd for Christmas and New Year's. We enjoyed the time alone even without any snow. We have gotten a little since, but no white Christmas here. We did go to Bakers' for the evening on Christmas. The Johnston (Bobbie's parents) and Dick and Georgia Makens came over also. They all tried to teach Shawn and me how to play rummy after watching the Stepford Wives! That would never happen at our houses, but the guys thought it was a great idea!

Shawn made a trip to the feed mill right before Christmas and had Christmas Eve off. Other than that, he has been going to Pasco most days with a few trips to Umatilla off and on. He moved Sneaky and the goats to the corral so that they can get into the barn and out of the weather. Sneaky has her blanket on but I still like her to be able to get in. Shawn was back at the mill Friday. He took the day off so he could go earlier. Then he was back by 5 pm and by 6 pm, he and I had unloaded the three tons that went in the store. Saturday he made deliveries to six different ranches. This always seems to take longer than expected. Then on Sunday, Shawn went to Umatilla to make up for Friday.

Things were really busy at the store right before Christmas. It has slowed down a little but not much. I have all of the calving supplies ordered and expect them to be delivered this week. I think all the ear tags are ordered but have a feeling that we aren't done there. I think I get something new asked for every week. I have several new feed customers that are wanting to order a ton or more at a time. I already have three tons ordered for the next load. Looks like Shawn will have to go again this week. I also ordered a load of gravel for the parking area. One of my customers even spread it for me so Shawn didn't have to. That was on Christmas Eve. It was getting pretty muddy so we figured we better do something.

Everyone here is getting ready for calving. We are moving our cows to the calving pasture this weekend. We will start sometime after the 20th of this month. Others will be starting anytime now. We are hearing weather reports of below-zero temperatures later this week but we will have to wait and see.

Here, cows from the Rocking Eleven Ranch are moved across the highway and through the town of Lostine to the pasture where they will calve. The building that you see is right across the road from my store. I could see everyone go by out the window! (Pam Lathrop took the photo.)

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